We order the worms on Wednesday and they are delivered to the store on Friday. People that are interested in getting worms need to place an order before Wednesday so that they can ensure that worms are reserved for them. People should pick their worms up at the store over the next few days (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The worms are sold in 1/2 pound lots (this is 1/2 pound of worms in a small bag of soil) and are sold for $45.00. A kit consists of a 53L Rubbermaid Roughtote with holes drilled out of the lid (for ventilation), 1/2 pound bag of worms, 50 litres of soil, a trowel and a marker. The kit is sold for $75.00. We offer the bins and soil separately so you can purchase components as you need them. Please contact us at 780-439-8725 to order the worms and/or worm composting kit.
At Earth's General Store we offer visitors information and products that will help them reduce their ecological and social impact on the planet and all inhabitants. We are a distributor of information and knowledge, encouraging people to consume less, consume wisely, consume locally, consume fairly and love lots more! We do this by offering items that have beneficial advantages - local, certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, in bulk (less packaging), water and energy efficiency products, information, and support to act! We are attempting to offer a way of life that is balanced and respectful of the planet and all its creatures. I know this sounds a little wishy washy but I believe that is our ultimate goal in life - do as little harm as possible and leave the world better than when we arrived. One of the intimate ways that we interact with the environment is through the food we eat. We have the power to choose food that has less impact on the environment, society and other beings. We can eat less meat, choose food that is grown locally and organically and to buy in bulk. In February 2010 Earth’s General Store moved and expand our inventory to include food products. We now offer fresh, packaged, chilled and frozen organic products. We are a real Health Food Store - offering healthy food for your body, your spirit and the planet. We continue to carry the products that we have offered the citizens of Edmonton since 1991 like worms for composting, cloth diapers for the green parents, animal free personal care products, and reusable menstrual products. We have the most experience of any store or organization in Edmonton on green lifestyle. If you want to help make the world a better place Earth’s General Store may be of great assistance to help you along the path.
So you walk into your bank and there is a free coffee off to the side. The coffee is in a thermos flask, the cups are Styrofoam, and they offer powdered creamer stuff (made from an “edible oil product”). The coffee is likely the least cost that they can get if for… but hey – it’s the thought right.
It isn’t as though banks are short on profit (seeing as how they are making great profits these days) so why are they choosing /to offer their customers such a low end coffee. Think about the message it would send to their customers if they offered Fair Trade Certified, Certified Organic and roasted in the town/city where the bank is. This is doubly important for Credit Unions to do this type of coffee service. They want to be recognized as being involved in community – well the coffee crap they are giving away is not conducive to the the image thy want to foster in the public.
Some exciting new items this week:
It has been a long long time since I have written a blog about all the new items we have at the store so this is going to be a long long list.
Earth’s General Store wasn’t designed by professionals (you can tell), we didn’t hire a marketing consultant to tell us what to put into the store according to the profile of other similar stores and what is trending, and it certainly did not start with a lot of money to buy lots of equipment and inventory. We are an organic store in many senses of the word we carry organic food, we are supporters for the organic supply change, we grew out of the passion to create a positive change in our world, we do minimal advertising and so our promotion is done organically – through relationships (thank you), and we live organic lifestyles. We evolve organically over time – always changing things, adding new products, getting rid of products that don’t fit in with our philosophy, and to respond to healthy suggestions from our friends and customers (thank you).
EWG is the place we refer people to obtain information on ingredient in sunscreen, household cleaner ingredients, personal care products and their all round chemical database.
Today EWG release a review of bug repellents. If you are like me I hate being bitten by mosquitoes and until earlier this year I don’t think I have ever had a tick (I was in the jungle in Belize). When I used to backpack lots in the late 70s and early 80s I would use DEET – and the strong stuff – until one day I applied it to my polypropylene leggings and it melted holes in the fabric. I stopped using it right away. I am sure the DEET content is a lot lower now but I have not used DEET since then.
I noticed that they don’t include an item that http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/insect-eng.php)" target="_blank">Health Canada approves up here – soybean oil. EWG does mention Catnip Oil being effective for up to 7 hours but the oil is difficult to find and leave it at that.
This morning I was working on some GMO stuff from home and one of the things I did was write a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture in Mexico about Mexico considering GMOs corn to be planted in their country (legitimately because there has already been some illegal growing and pollution in Mexico from GMO corn strains). I mentioned my opposition to them considering this and said that if they did this I would never travel there as a tourist again.
After I sent the letter I thought a little more and realized I should have suggested that Mexico should make a commitment to organic corn because there is a much higher growing market for this than commodities such as GMO corn. When I got to work I came across this article from March, 2013 sent to me via a Facebook friend request by a woman working at an organic food store in Australia. Odd coincidence.
Our Diatomaceous Earth is Food Grade (Perman-Guard is the brand name) and this fact is what is driving the demand over and above our usual sales for getting rid of pest (bed bugs). People are finding out that when they use it internally they experience reduced joint pain, thicker hair, stronger nails, less lower bowel problems and a host of other ailments (the internet is full of information about the use of this product for a number of cures that is attributed to the consumption of diatomaceous earth).
As more people travel around the globe, the planet undergoing global climate change, and Edmonton becoming warmer bugs are becoming wider spread and more prevalent.
Over the past several years our sales of diatomaceous earth (DE) have increased substantially. People use it specifically on BED BUGS but can be used on many other crawling bugs. Bed bugs are becoming quite a problem for many people – specially for people in apartment buildings because the blood suckers can easily travel from one apartment to another.
The other day I was cycling up by Londonderry (attending a meeting) and I was early so I thought I would head over to Superstore to do some price comparisons. Why Superstore? Well a lot of people shop at Superstore and many of the natural/organic shoppers do as well. I assume that a lot of them shop there because of convenience and they assume that they are getting the best deal.
This would be a good assumption to make so I thought I would test it. I had a limited time there so just quickly started writing down random items that I knew we carried. Most were exactly the same brands with the exception of the coffee (we roast our own Fair Trade Certified Organic and we could not provide a price comparison with the Nut’s To You nut butters since the ones they offer are not the organic line – only ‘natural’). I was quite surprised that we were even less than they were on 2% milk (President Choice Organic milk versus Vital Green non-homogenized milk).
Many years ago tobacco companies denied that their product was a cause of many illnesses and were not addictive. This denial tactic was used as a delaying tactic so that they continue racking in the huge profits that their industry provided them and their shareholders. Besides denying the connection between tobacco and illnesses these corporations also brought expert witnesses to the debate confused the issue for the average citizen. These tobacco companies were smart and diversified their holding with the huge profits they made from the tobacco portion of their corporation. Kind of like a mob boss buying a legitimate business to launder their other ill gotten gains and look somewhat respectable.
VUE Weekly Golden Fork Awards 2013 "Best Grocery Market" and the First Place Winners are Earths General Store and Bl
Well thank you for your support over the years and thank you everyone who voted for us.
Last year we placed well in two categories and this year – we tied for first place for Best Grocery Market in Edmonton. Thank you. It is quite the honour.
- Posted May 9th, 2013
After 37 years Java Jive Coffee closed down. They were a pioneer in the early days of local coffee roasting providing excellent roasts. They not only roasted the coffee but also offered retail outlets which were very popular.
Sad to see them leave after so long but I can appreciate the amount of time and energy that the owner has put into his business over the years and he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other paths. He is looking at selling the business (land, equipment and business) so if you are looking at a career change this might be an option for you :).
Quite a few people don’t realize that Earth’s General Store has been roasting coffee at our store since 2006. We have quite a following of people that think our coffee is excellent. I think that what makes the coffee from small independent coffee roasters is that we roast in small batches, the coffee is always fresh, and you are only one person away from talking with the roastmaster. Just like talking to the person at the Farmer’s Market who provides you with homemade perogies we provide people with fresh coffee beans.
Besides fresh coffee beans available from Earth’s General Store there are other local coffee roasters that you can find on the Internet.
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