<span><p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;><strong>Our Sincere Thanks</strong></span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>You are valued as a member of our team. Thanks for your support. You are part of a movement, not just a food service.<br /><br />Through your membership with The Organic Box you are supporting an ethical food philosophy. It is not just about food that tastes better (although we sure think it does). It is about being part of a food cycle that cares for people, cares for the earth, and the environment. The farmers that grow your food do not use pesticides or dangerous chemicals.<span> They use practices that improve the quality of the soil with each crop instead of draining it of nutrients. </span>This is the ethical way to produce; it keeps farm employees healthier, keeps harmful chemicals out of the soil, and the broader eco-system.</span></p> <p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>However, growing organic is challenging.<span> </span>Crops are more susceptible to pests, hail, and disease. We believe in supporting farmers through those challenges by committing to buy food from them even when it is not ascetically perfect, and throughout the entire growing cycle. The major grocery chains sell food that has been genetically modified or treated with chemicalsto look perfect, and they will often reject imperfect crops on delivery. This can cost farmers thousands of dollars in returned product. We are happy to buy nourishing organic food, even when it has spots and weather marks. Why? Because it gives farmers a secure market, it is really good food, and it enables the cycle of ethical food production to continue. <br /><br />Another challenge of organic food, it does not last as long. We are so used to food that keeps forunnaturallengths of time because of all the preservatives. Your organic food needs to be cared for like fresh cut flowers.When your food comes to you it hasn&apos;t been killed with chemicals and fumigation; it is still alive. Wash it when you receive it, cut away any soft bits, and enjoy the rest. Ensure your fridge is 4 degrees C at the front and keep everything but the bananas in the fridge, in sealed containers or open bags. If you have questions about how to care for your food, the office staff here are happy to talk with you. Call Lisa at 780-469-1900. </span></p> <span><span><p><span lang=&quot;EN-CA&quot;>We are grateful that you, despite these challenges, choose organic food. Thank you for playing such an an important role in the organic food production and for supporting what we do.</span></p> </span></span></span><p><span><strong><span>Product Labelling</span></strong></span></p> <p><span>Note about product labelling - as a member of the Alberta Organic Producers Association we are committed to correctly labelling our products. We are also committed to giving small local farms a market as they make their transition from conventional to organic growing. On the list of items some are marked with a (T). These are items that are in transition from conventional to organic and are not yet certified. All of these items have been verified by Danny, owner of the OrganicBox,as being chemical free and grown using complete organic practices. If you would like no transition products in your box, please let us know and we will adjust your account to always exclude them.</span></p> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td><p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 314px; HEIGHT: 212px&quot; title=&quot;Peas on Earth&quot; alt=&quot;Peas on Earth&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Peas on Earth.jpg&quot; width=&quot;314&quot; height=&quot;212&quot; /></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> <p align=&quot;center&quot;></p> </td> <td><h1><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Collection2&quot;>Peas on Earth Certified Organic Market Garden<br /></span>Edmonton, Alberta</span></h1> <p><span>&quot;Since then, they have put their minds and souls into their market garden business and have built and nurtured it with love. Eric has been practicing organic farming since the 1990s&quot;<br /><br />Peas on Earth Certified Organic Market Garden, was officially founded by Eric and Ruby Chen in the year 2000. Eric has worked on his family&apos;s vegetable farm since he was in junior high school. After Eric and Ruby finished their studies at the University of Alberta, majoring in Agriculture Economics and Business respectively, they decided to commit to farming on a full time basis. Since then, they have put their minds and souls into their market garden business and have built and nurtured it with love. Eric has been practicing organic farming since the 1990s but did not apply for organic certification until the year 2000. <br /><br />Eric and Ruby have chosen organic farming practices in part because they believe that incurable diseases such as cancers are caused by the chemicals used in typical food production. Therefore, they want to do their share in providing the community with a fresh and healthy alternative to the chemically treated and genetically modified foods.<br /><br />Operating on 65 acres of land with a 5,000 sq. ft. green house facility, Peas On Earth currently have selling locations at the Old Strathcona Farmers&apos; Market, the St.Albert Outdoor Farmers&apos; Market, and the Callingwood Farmers&apos; Market.<br /><br />The Peas On Earth also opens its farm store every Fridays in July and August to provide customers greater accessability to fresh organic veggies.</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><img title=&quot;The Organic Box&quot; alt=&quot;The Organic Box&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/staffpics2.JPG&quot; width=&quot;278&quot; height=&quot;218&quot; /></p> </td> <td><h1>The Organic Box, OurTeam<font face=&quot;Calibri&quot;></font></h1> <p>This is our newest staff photo. Hard to believe how much we have grown!<br /><br />We area team that is is dedicated and passionate about Sustainable Organic food and obsessed with service. We want everyone to have access to quality and heathly food and we find all sorts of innovative ways to give anyone in the Edmonton area access to our service. The Organic Box is a family business, owned and operated in Edmonton and staffed with some very special people.</p> <p>Our mission: To connect our members with Alberta organic farmers and the local organic food community through fresh quality produce delivered directly to their doors. To support local organic growers in order to promote a healthy, sustainable and vibrant food community that is kind to the environment.</p> <p>The Organic Box is owned by an Edmonton family with young children. Together with a small staff and many volunteer family members, we work hard to pack and deliver boxes of amazing organic produce. We started this journey to re-connect with the source of our food and to do something we could feel good about. Only in operation since May 2010 and already blessed with an incredible membership of people who truly make it worthwhile! We hope that everyone will come on this journey with us as we explore our local organic food producers and find ways to eat sustainably.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <font size=&quot;2&quot; face=&quot;Calibri, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif&quot;></font><p><span class=&quot;titleText&quot;></span></p>