Signup for our weekly newsletter

Newsletter - November 29, 2022

Hetch Hetchy Newsletter Header

Video: Bye, Bye Crypto Pie, Vegan and Gluten Free, Topped with Ponzi Scheme Ice Cream

Dear brothers and sisters,

The newspapers are full of the story of FTX a crypto trading company has gone bankrupt. Beginning on November 6 FXT lost more than 80% of its value in a space of 72 hours. Something like $12 billion evaporated. FTX didn’t keep reliable books or track its crypto dealings. It seems that the twenty something management used the company's money as a personal slush fund.In retrospect, FTX is seen as a huge Ponzi scheme.

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud that lures investors and pays profits to earlier investors with funds from more recent investors. A Ponzi scheme can maintain the illusion of a sustainable business as long as new investors contribute new funds, and as long as most of the investors do not demand full repayment and still believe in the non-existent assets they are purported to own.

At some point, Ponzi schemes inevitably topple under their own weight.

FTX is the signature of a delirium, a mania driven by pure greed. Its debacle is a sad commentary on the times in which we live.

Imagine that the $16 billion that FTX lost overnight   were devoted to making every schoolyard an edible schoolyard and  every park a permaculture landscape. Imagine Detroit - a garden for the human spirit. Imagine reforesting the midwest. Imagine a regenerative agriculture, beyond organic, wherein brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors, have a chance to join hands with family farmers in growing the food they eat.

On a lighter note Ben with Growveg is going to show us how to turn autumn leaves into gold.

Then Cara is going to guide us in creating an alive, no bake apple pie with cashew cream.

Theodora will then warn us of the dangers  of radiation from cell phone towers which are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

Finally Andrew will relate how trees are a giant net for capturing atmospheric moisture and nutrients.

Our Victory Garden sale features roasted almond butter, sunflower butter and polenta. Our New Items include Turmeric and Honey Butter - its back! and Greek Heritage Olive Oil.

We appreciate so much your kind support of our endeavor.

It is our privilege to work with you,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Find Us on Social Media





Video: How to Make Leaf Mold: Turn Fallen leaves into gardener's gold by GrowVeg

Recipe: Caras Amazing Raw Apple Pie with cashew cream

recipe image from remote site

A mouthwatering raw vegan recipe made from the heart that will make your taste buds explode when you try this treat. Remember, this is a TREAT, not something to eat every day! No wheat or gluten or dairy or refined sugar- just plant-based raw goodness warmed in a dehydrator so it's soft and warm. All you're going to be able to say once you put it in your mouth is MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmm!



Ground up walnuts or almonds
1 Tablespoon nut butter
1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup
Mix and set aside


2 apples, peeled
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tablespoon maple syrup or MarkusSweet
optional - 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Slice apples on mandolin 3/16 to 1/4 inch thick until you get to the seeds in the center. Turn apple over and slice before getting to seeds. Flip on remaining sides and slice. Place in bowl and cover with orange juice, sweetener and coconut oil. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Place in dehydrator at 120F 45F for a few hours to soften it up and warm it. Every half hour, baste the apple slices with the orange juice so they don't dry out. You want them moist and pliable.

December Victory Garden Sale

10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree manufactured product, you get an additional 10% off!)
Roasted Almond Butter - Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Roasted Almond Butter is created in Berkeley, California from carefully roasted organic almonds. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. We do not add oil or preservatives. A great butter for those who enjoy the heightened flavor afforded by roasted almonds. A tremendous source of energy.

Sunflower Butter – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Sunflower Seed Butter is created in Berkeley, California from organic sunflower seeds grown by family farmers. We make it by slicing sunflower seeds into a luxurious spread, adding organic sesame seeds, organic black sesame oil, organic honey and then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Spread it on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too – what hor d’oevres you’ll make!

Polenta – Organic

Living Tree Community Foods organic polenta is a versatile form of ground corn that originated in Northern Italy.

In Italy, soft polenta is often a replacement for bread during a meal or instead of the pasta course, served with butter and cheese and possibly shaved truffles. Polenta is also served as a contorno (side dish) to regional dishes or eaten in cake form, layered with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and baked.

New! Items For December

Turmeric & Honey Butter – Alive & Organic

Back in stock! Living Tree Community Foods Organic Turmeric and Honey Butter is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw sesame seeds, turmeric and honey. We have added raisins, coconut oil and spices to highlight the delightful flavor. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. We urge you to research what people are saying about the benefits of turmeric and honey.

Medjool Dates (California) – Sundried & Organic

We are delighted to bring you the new crop of Medjool Dates. These organic medjool dates are grown by a farming family in southern California. These are large and magnificent dates. You’ll be pleased with their quality. Pack them along when traveling or hiking. Great addition to school lunches. What a wonderful gift idea!

Absolut Honey – Alive 11oz squares

Back in stock after long absence! Living Tree Community Foods raw Absolut Honey squares are produced by family farmers in rural Pennsylvania. It is an elegant natural confection. For culinary adventurers who demand the ultimate in aliveness. This is a raw honeycomb just as the bees made it. What could be more alive?

Greek Heritage Olive Oil - Alive, Organic & Kosher

Living Tree Community Foods Raw, Organic and Kosher California Greek Heritage Extra Virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants. It is cold-pressed from Koroneiki olives, a Greek varietal. We invite you to rejoice in its hints of green banana and floral notes. A peppery finish to top it off and you have oil with unparalleled flavor for rich dishes, as well as being perfect for vinaigrette’s and marinades.

It has a high available biophenol content: 459 Mg/Kg (milligrams per kilogram). High phenolic content and excellent stability should provide long shelf life as well as beneficial health value.

Video: There's No US Agency That's Been Tasked To Monitor The Wireless Radiation Levels From Cell Towers by Theodora Scarato

Video: How Trees Bring Water by Andrew Millison