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OVERVIEW OF OPERATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

May 21st, 2021

Keeping Staff and Customers Informed

As the circumstances and recommendations around Covid-19 rapidly evolve, we regularly update our Covid management strategy plans to keep our Farm Store team and shoppers safe. These plans and guidelines are dated and posted on this website as well as outside the store. Guidelines for Covid practices are subject to change so for current directives in regards to our operations and practices,  please consult the notices on this website as well as the notice board upon entering the store. Questions? operations@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Store Hours

Our current store hours of 9-6 allow extra time for vigilant daily cleaning of the entire premises and stocking the shelves so we're ready to welcome customers at 9. We are closed Sundays. This might be subject to change so please follow us on social media to be kept updated.

 

Keeping Staff and Customers Safe

We are sanitizing carts and baskets after each use, cleaning PIN pads and counters after each customer, offering hand sanitizer at the door (and throughout the store). Cleaning measures and effective hand-washing procedures are extensive and frequent throughout the store and in every department. Inside and out. If any staff or their family members develop symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat or respiratory distress they will not come to work or be on the premises.  

 

Limited Capacity

At this time we have determined a maximum capacity of 35 people in the lower part of our store (which is 7,000 square feet) to allow shoppers and staff lots of space to physically distance. In order to maintain the recommended physical distancing (2m) and to minimize the number of people in the store, we kindly ask that customers assign only one family member to do the shopping and that any customers with any symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat or respiratory distress refrain from entering the store. Questions? Email healthandsafety@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Exemptions:

Be advised when you shop at the Community Farm Store that we do not discriminate against customers or staff that cannot wear facecoverings.  Everyone is welcome in our store and those without facecoverings are presumed exempt. Let's all give extra space where needed and BE KIND.  Questions? Email healthandsafety@communityfarmstore.ca or you can contact our management team by emailing operations@communityfarmstore.ca.

 

Personal Shopping

Members who are seniors, immune-compromised or simply more comfortable shopping from home, are encouraged to place a grocery order online before 7pm on Wednesday for pickup on Thursday.

ORDER ONLINE:  We do have a great online ordering system to help all of us! Take time to create just one comprehensive online shopping list of $75 minimum. This service is not for small grocery orders but intended to support your grocery needs for approximately one week. We will do our very best to fulfill your order but will not be calling or emailing for substitutions, and of course we will only charge you for items we have in stock. This service is for members only and is subject to availability. 

 

ONLINE SHOPPING: We are very excited to announce that we will soon be launching an official CFS online store!  Target date for a full launch to our community will be sometime in June. In the meantime, online shopping options are in place on this website.

 

Head here to get your order started. Questions? orders@communityfarmstore.ca

 

PICKUP AND PAYMENT: We will call you when your personal shopping order is ready for pickup at which time you pay by credit card over the phone. Please call us when you arrive and we will bring your order to your vehicle. We have two parking spots reserved for grocery order pickup in front of the store. Questions? Email admin@communityfarmstore.ca

 

A Few More Changes in Store

In keeping with our commitment to a safe shopping environment

All demos & workshops are cancelled until further notice.

Conversations with suppliers and reps are by phone.

Bar and table seating on our mezzanine remains closed until further notice.  

Tea, popcorn, samples and Santevia water have been removed.

We offer outside seating at the store entrance.

 

Exciting plans are underway for further changes to our store to allow more open space and a better than ever shopping experience.

 

Public Washroom

A Customer washroom is once again available.

 

Food and Product Availability

We have spent 25 years building excellent relationships with our suppliers and they have assured us that we are a priority and the shelves of the Community Farm Store will be stocked in the weeks to come. With the increased demand for specific items in grocery, cleaning and wellness, there have been more empty spots on our shelves than ever before for which we sincerely apologize but happily, new stock is arriving daily.  Questions? info@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Bulk Bins

Plans are underway to bring back the bulk bins.  The increased use of plastic has been less than ideal so we hope to have an approved plan in place very soon to allow you to purchase in bulk again. Questions? bulk@communityfarmstore.ca

 

CFS Cafe

Our CFS Café is now offering a brand new take out menu including Poke Bowls and other hot food choices. Daily menus are posted on facebook as well as out front of the store on a chalk board. We are happy to accommodate telephone orders.  Our Grab & Go Cooler will continue to be stocked with CFS Housemade items every day, including a fresh sandwich on Tuesday through Friday.  Questions? Cafe@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Apothecary

Our bulk herb and spice selection keeps growing with many new house blends. Our knowledgeable team of CFS herbalists and wellness advisors will offer you personal assistance -- we have hundreds to choose from.  Questions? Email apothecary@communityfarmstore.ca

 

CFS Wellness Department

An amazing team of health advisors are on staff everyday to help our customers on their individual journey of health and healing.  We provide support, information, immune builders, virus busters, and whole foods to keep you resilient. Our team is working diligently to ensure stock of our most effective allies. Questions? wellness@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Local Produce

We love our farmers and proudly offer a super incredible, abundant and diverse selection (increasing by the week!) of local and BC grown organic produce. Even so, we encourage you to find out about local CSAs and support your local farmers in any way you can. Any questions about purchasing or selling of organic produce can be directed to Stacey at produce@communityfarmstore.ca  

 

Cooler items and Freezer

We look to support local producers when we can which helps us provide ethically raised dairy and meats. Our plant-based section is constantly growing with offerings from many local producers as well. Keep an eye on our social media posts to keep informed about the new arrivals! Questions? chill@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Member news, marketing, media, website:

Our media magician Cindy is the manifestor of our award winning beautiful member newsletters and oversees all aspects of marketing and social media. Questions?  news@communityfarmstore.ca

 

CFS for the Soul

Our beautiful crystal store on the mezzanine, CFS for the Soul,  is open Monday-Saturday from 11-3! Appointments are not necessary. Questions?  cfssoul@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Freya Sophia Waldorf Store

The Freya-Sophia Waldorf Store and Steiner Bookshop are open on Monday-Saturday from 11-3. The store is filled to the brim with great things for the kids to do, toys, crafts and art supplies, and the most amazing selection of books for all ages on all subjects. We also have an excellent selection of educational resources for all ages. Do stop in to see the selection. We are here to help and we have many books and resources that may help you to meet these challenging times. 

We happily take orders by phone for curbside pickup or can be mailed by Canada Post. Questions? fsws@communityfarmstore.ca

 

Gratitude! 

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued patronage and especially for all of your expressions of appreciation and support. Each day we are inspired by the level of kindness and generosity being displayed by our customers to each other and to our staff, giving space where needed and having patience when you find yourself in the occasional longer than usual line-ups. It is an honour to serve you.

 

Our Commitment to You!

Our promise to you, our customers, is to stay true to our mission to be ambassadors for the community and the planet. We will rise to the challenge of these times to provide a safe shopping environment while maintaining a vibrant, light-filled atmosphere of good food, good will and good cheer. An atmosphere that fills the heart and feeds the soul.  We are a team of just under 45 dedicated individuals who truly love their workplace and the community we serve. Any general inquiries can be directed to our customer service team at admin@communityfarmstore.ca.

 

If you have any questions about the above changes as you shop, please don't hesitate to ask any of our staff for more information.

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COVID19 Management Strategy Update 05-08
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Cite as: UN General Assembly, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 1948, 217 A (III)

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1.

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

  • No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.

  • Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

  • All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

  • Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

  • Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

  • (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

  • (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

  • (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

  • (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.

  • (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.

  • (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

  • (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

  • (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

  • (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

  • (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

  • (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

  • (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.

  • Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

  • (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

  • (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

  • (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

  • Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

  • (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

  • (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.

  • (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

  • (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.

  • Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.

  • (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

  • (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

  • (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

  • Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

 

How Does International Law Protect Human Rights?

International human rights law lays down obligations which States are bound to respect. By becoming parties to international treaties, States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights. The obligation to respect means that States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights. The obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. The obligation to fulfil means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights.

 

Through ratification of international human rights treaties, Governments undertake to put into place domestic measures and legislation compatible with their treaty obligations and duties. The domestic legal system, therefore, provides the principal legal protection of human rights guaranteed under international law. Where domestic legal proceedings fail to address human rights abuses, mechanisms and procedures for individual and group complaints are available at the regional and international levels to help ensure that international human rights standards are indeed respected, implemented, and enforced at the local level.