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Newsletter January 15, 2019

Video: ”All the lonely people…”

Dear brothers and sisters,

We ask how we’ve become a nation of strangers -from nature, from others, from work and from ourselves. We begin with the die-off of insects-do you remember those midsummer nights alive with the flashes of “fireflies”? Well, they no longer fill the night sky thanks to chemical agriculture. We ask how it is that so few of us have a friend in whom we can confide? Then too there is the deafening silence of the streets. We talk of the demise of family farmers and the rise of “contained feeding operations “ and the growing of fruits and vegetables in chemical soup.We go on to the tragic rise in suicides especially among teenagers and young adults and then there is the epidemic of obesity.Image-in just a few years nearly half the population will be obese.

Nonetheless, we are confident that this people and this land will come through. Abraham Lincoln thought so when he prophesied “a new birth of freedom”.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video: Tons of Vegetables Planted in Tiny Garden – Food Forest

Recipe: Sesame Cookies (with Orange Blossom)

by Unconventional Baker

Deliciously flavorful and crispy sesame cookies, made with tahini and orange blossom water. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, and nut-free.



6 tbsp white rice flour
2 tbsp hulled tahini (the runnier, the better)*
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp orange blossom water
⅛ tsp salt


3 tbsp sesame seeds


1. Pre-heat oven to 375F. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Place the sesame seeds used for topping in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Process all cookie ingredients in a food processor (I used the small bowl of mine) until the mixture sticks together and is at the beginning stages of forming a ball.** Gather all this dough up (I used a spoon to scoop it out of the processor) and form into a ball with your hands. Divide into 8 equal pieces of dough.

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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Organic Nuts and Free Shipping

New! Items For January

Aliveness Oil Pack – Alive & Organic

We are delighted to offer our Olio Nuevo High Polyphenol Olive Oil, our Black Cumin Seed Oil and our Black Sesame Oil as an aliveness pack.

All alive and organic in 250ml bottles.

A value of $80.96, yours for $70.97 a savings of $9.99.

Macadamia Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

Made from Hawaiian Macadamia nuts that have just arrived. We invite you to taste their aliveness in this outstanding nut butter.

Macadamia Nuts Whole (Hawaiian) – Alive & Organic

We are delighted to say that our Hawaiian macadamia nuts are back. They are crisp, fresh and alive! Quality and flavor are superb. Macadamia nuts contain a significant level of protein, comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.

Olio Nuovo Olive Oil 250ml – High Polyphenol, Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed

The first pressing is here.The ultra-green first bottling of the new crop! It has a robust, creamy texture and heightened notes of fruit, grass and pepper. Rejoice in its glorious plume of particulate matter!

Over 250 years ago olive trees were first planted in California by the Spanish missions. The varietal they planted has come down to us. It is called the Mission olive.

The lab results on the new crop are here. It has a polyphenol content rated at 395 ppm (parts per million). That’s 78% above the 222 average for most extra virgin olive oils.

It contains high levels of the phenols oleocanthal and oleacein. Oleocanthal is an anti-inflammatory and oleacein is a powerful antioxidant. As inflammation is related to various other diseases, polyphenols help fight them including cardiovascular problems. Antioxidants improve body functions such as digestion and skin condition. They heal cell damage and enhance the body’s immunity, its ability to fight off diseases.

Olio Nuovo Olive Oil 750ml – High Polyphenol, Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed

Now in an economical 750ml bottle.

Brazil Nut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic

Gathered by native people in the rain forests of Amazonia. The Brazil nut tree is enormous, reaching a height of 100 to 150 feet or more and can live a life of 500 to 800 years!
Brazil nuts are a concentrated dietary source of selenium, a trace element your body needs for proper functioning.

Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive & Organic

Created from hazelnuts grown by Oregon family farmers and from almonds grown by California family farmers.

January 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!)

Walnut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic

We’ve put our popular alive, organic walnut butter into a 16ounce jar. This means a savings to you.We make it by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try it on apple slices or carrot sticks, with some raisins and honey drizzled on top.

Cashew Butter 16oz – Organic

This Cashew Butter is sweet and creamy. It’s made from Organic Cashews and our raw Organic Almond Oil. It’s perfect with when paired with cucumbers, celery or even peppers. It’s also a great topping for fruits and desserts. What a delightful way to add some variety to your lunches!

Almond Cashew Brazil Nut Millennial Butter – Alive & Organic

Starting with almonds grown by California family farmers, we’ve added Brazil Nuts. We’ve added cashews for smoothness and spreadability along with California sundried raisins, honey for delight and a pinch of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt to bring out the flavors. Our almonds are grown by a California farming family of five generations.

8 Pro Tips for Spring Garden Prep

1. Get a Gardening Journal

Tracking your garden from beginning to end is a joy and an essential component when planning next year’s garden. You can learn from what worked and what didn’t work the year before. Over time, after observing different varieties succeed or fail following each growing season, you get an instinct what grows best in your area of the globe.

2. Before Buying Your Seeds, make a list and do the research

This is where the gardening journal comes in. Track all of your research in it. Having all the info together will reveal aspects about your future garden that you won’t initially think of–but you must! Most importantly, you’ll see that seeds fall into one of two categories (for the most part): warm season and cool season crops. Basically, what this tells you is that a seed is suited to a particular climate, either warm or cold. This can help you plan for various harvesting and planting dates that comes with planting a garden diverse in cool and warm season veggies.

3. Start Indoors or Direct Sow?

As you do your research, you’ll find that some seeds need to be started early indoors a few weeks before the ideal planting date in order to have timely blooms or fruiting. This requires a seedling transplant when the time comes. Direct sow is the old school method of planting your seeds outdoors after the last frost when spring is in full force, which is a tried-and-true method. It just has a different maturation schedule over the growing season compared to indoor-started crops.

4. Sow What You Eat, but Don’t Sow More than You can Reap

Ambition is good, but don’t bite off more than you can chew with planning your garden. Keep in mind that as your plants grow, they require many times the water and care than they need to begin with. Troubleshooting will be a necessary and manageable step in the coming months, but if you have too many plants, you may become overwhelmed with tasks.

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Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

Lively Organic Bookkeeper

We are seeking a full charge bookkeeper. Someone with experience with Quickbooks, bank reconciliations, vendor 1099s, Excel and payroll. Someone who can take the initiative in financial analysis.

We offer flexible hours.

We are seeking a someone in wholehearted empathy with alive, organic food.

At Living Tree Community Foods we manufacture organic nut butters, oils and chocolates. We are an ethical business and treat our colleagues and clients with kindness and respect. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our work We also suggest that you visit our YouTube channel.

We are located in Berkeley, California one of the world’s great centers of learning. Over 25 Nobel Prize winners have taught here.

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

We Welcome Investors

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association.
Characteristics that are identified with organic, such as clean, transparent, fresh and sustainable helped boost organic sales to unprecedented levels, according to the survey.

New records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non-food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion. The growth rate for organic continued to easily outpace the general market: in 2018, total food sales in the U.S. edged up just 2.3 percent while total non-food sales rose 3.7 percent.
Almost 6 percent (5.7%) of the food sold in this country is now organic. Today’s consumers can find organic products – food and non-food items — in every aisle of their grocery stores. They can choose organic in their favorite big box store, their club warehouse store, even in their neighborhood convenience store, and increasingly on the internet. Organic is no longer a niche market.

Thanks to your kind support, we too are growing. We wish to hire more teamworkers and to purchase tools and equipment. We are seeking long term, stable capital. If taking a strategic position in the organic food industry appeals to you, let’s talk!

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

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