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Newsletter March 4, 2019

Video: America, the Almond Trees are Blossoming!

Dear brothers and sisters,

Imagine a sea of white blossoms, as far as the eye could see.The air undulating with the buzzing of bees.A lilting melody filling the air – we will come through- the blossoms tell us! We will come through-the bees tell us! We will come through-the trees tell us! The almond orchid is one great melody of rejuvenation.

The soil is of an ancient sea bed, laden with minerals.The water is from melting snow in the high Sierras, the intentionality is from Steve Koretoff and his brother David, fifth generation California family farmers.

We invite you to rejoice with us in this video of rebirth and renewal.

May we wish you and your family a springtime of good health, prosperity and success.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video: How to Make Compost Faster (and Know When It’s Ready!) by Gardens That Matter

Recipe: Everything Bagel Hummus

by Choosing Chia

This homemade everything bagel hummus will be your new favourite dip or spread. It’s healthy and tastes like an everything bagel!


1 15 oz can unsalted chickpeas
1/2 tsp baking soda
6–8 garlic cloves, skins removed
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 cup-1/3 cup very cold water (depending how thick you like your hummus)
Everything bagel spice to top
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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Organic Nuts and Free Shipping

New! Items For March

Nutritional Yeast (Large Flake) – Organic

These flakes are a favorite for adding savory flavor to soups, sauces, gravies, and prepared foods where umami flavor is needed.

Yeast has been an ingredient for baking and fermentation for more than 3000 years.

Nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism of fungi called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. In a controlled environment it is cultured, left to grow, then deactivated, harvested, washed and dried. The deactivation process prevents the yeast from being used as a leavening agent.

Nutritional yeast is a flavor enhancer that offers naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients. These large flakes are a bit spicier and have more yeast flavor than other nutritional yeast.



California Date Value Pack

Retail Cost: $39.96 – Yours for: $34.99

Contains the following treasures:-

Medjool Dates – 1lb
Halawi Dates – 1lb
Black Abbada Dates – 1lb
Khadrawy Dates – 1lb



Black Abbada Dates – Organic

An elegant black date with a luxurious appearance. Your family and friends will be impressed with your sophistication.A triumph of California agronomy. 






Khadrawy Dates – Organic

Delightfully rich and melodiously soft.

A marvel of California agriculture. Try this winter drear buster!





Green Split Pea – Organic

Green peas are believed to be a distant relative of the field pea that was native to the Middle East and Central Asia. Since prehistoric times, dried peas have been consumed and were prized by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China and Rome.

Green split peas are not only tasty and simple to cook, but are also a good source of protein, iron and dietary fiber.





Vanilla Powder – Organic

We have brought Organic Vanilla Powder back, despite its high price, as we have gotten so many inquiries. It is considered by some to be a culinary indispensable. It is made by pulverizing the whole dried beans to a fine powder. It is well suited to incorporation into liquid-sensitive mixtures, such as some icings and melted chocolate, where even a small amount of liquid could create a problem. In addition, the flavor of vanilla powder is more intense than that of most extracts and does not dissipate even with prolonged cooking. Vanilla powder will keep well, stored in an opaque, airtight container in a cool, dry place.





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.






March Victory Garden Sale

10%-30% 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!)

California Heritage Olive Oil 250ml (Extra Virgin) – High Polyphenol, Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed

This olive oil is very fresh and rich in antioxidants. It has a high available biophenol content : 605 ppm (parts per million) compared with 222 ppm for most extra virgin olive oils. In other words its biophenol content is 2.7 times the average. Very high phenolic content and excellent stability should provide long shelf life of over a year as well as beneficial health value. This olive oil has, along with its bitterness and pungency, mineral and green vegetable organoleptic characteristics.




Vanilla Innovation Chocolate – Organic

Our Vanilla Innovation is handcrafted in Berkeley, California, a wellspring of the human spirit. In Berkeley the portals of cognition reveal continents of insight each day. Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have taught here. PerhapsVanilla Innovation will inspire and empower you to restore and heal the nation.




Dark Chocolate Bar – Alive & Organic 81% Cacao

We produced this bar for those connoisseurs who crave the clean, pure taste of alive, dark chocolate, undiluted with fillers or overwhelmed by sweeteners. 81% cacao made from cacao beans of exceptional quality from Bali. This alive chocolate is brimming with anti-oxidants and nutrients. Handcrafted with you in mind. Made in Berkeley, California. John Muir, Martin Luther King and Steve Wozniak walked the streets; 22 Noble Prize winners have taught here.




Selenium Fights Viral Infections

(Pharma Nord) Selenium’s importance for human health has only been examined and recognized more recently. One aspect of the interest in selenium is its big impact on our immune system and against viral infections. Our current understanding of this mineral means that it is a trace mineral we do not want to be lacking.

Since a scientific study in 1998 documented that patients with critical viral infections have rapidly decreasing concentrations of selenium, this has become a focus of research on the trace mineral. Almost half of a person’s selenium concentrations may disappear in this manner, which could be life threatening, if the patient’s selenium levels are already low.

This research shows the surprising extent to which selenium is used up, when the immune system is activated by the virus. Even in people who get good amounts of selenium from their diet, additional supplementation will be beneficial. Selenium from the diet is included in a number of selenoproteins, which have various functions throughout the body.

Selenoprotein P
Maybe the most critical of these selenium containing selenoproteins is called selenoprotein P (SEPP). It contains up to 10 selenium atoms per molecule. Among other functions it is involved in detoxification of heavy metals and free radicals, and it is responsible for redistributing selenium in the brain. From experiments with mice, we know that if SEPP is inactivated, it will cause a drastic reduction of selenium availability within the brain as well as decrease the biosynthesis of other essential selenoproteins. The resulting symptoms are motor, neurological and growth deficits, which can be offset by supplementing nursing mothers with selenium. As far as male fertility, a normal sperm production is also dependent on SEPP.

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Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

Internship -Sales and Marketing

This is for someone interested in building a career in the organic food industry. The industry has grown enormously in the U.S. in recent decades.

Organic is now mainstream. Organic food sales in 2018 totaled nearly $48 billion, up from $8.5 billion in 2002. Two-thirds of shoppers have tried organic products. We offer a well-rounded program of training in sales and marketing of organic foods as well as manufacturing of organic nut butters, oils and chocolates.

We take pride in supporting family farmers and your internship will include visits to outstanding organic farms.

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 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.

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


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