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Newsletter March 12, 2017:

Video: Seven Easy Steps for Homegrown Microgreens

Dear brothers and sisters,

We are delighted to share with you a magnificent video: “Seven Easy Steps for Homegrown Microgreens”. Its produced by the good people at Sow True Seed. We urge you to visit their website and support their work in preserving our heritage in heirloom and historic varieties.

There is no need to wait until spring. You can grow a wealth of vibrantly alive greens in your kitchen. Family farmers are disappearing so you be your own farmer – now!

Remember the true super foods are those you grow yourself.

With so much appreciation,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


Recipe: Linquine al Pistachio (Pistachio Pesto)

by Barbara Kessler of Rawfully Tempting

We urge you to visit her wonderful website.

Super nutritious…and delicious! Linguine al Pistachio will take your taste buds into a new dimension. Enjoy this satisfying dish with little effort. Combine with a simple salad and you have a gourmet meal that is sure to please your most finicky guest.

Linguine al Pesto

Pasta Ingredients
3 – 4 medium zucchinis/yellow squash combo, roughly peeled.

Pistachio Pesto Ingredients
3/4 cup kale or spinach, firmly packed
2 1/2 cups fresh basil loosely packed
3/4 cup flat leaf parsley, loosely packed
1/2 cup cilantro, loosely packed
1/2 cup pistachios
2 – 3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 Tablespoons pine nuts
1 small lemon or lime, (zest and juice)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, to taste
1 teaspoon maple syrup – grade B or *YFS (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil

Garnish Ingredients (Select Your Favorites)
freshly ground pepper
fresh parsley, chopped
red onion finely chopped
yellow tomatoes, thinly sliced
basil, parsley and cilantro chopped
nutritional yeast (not raw, but adds a cheesy flavor)

Remove stems from washed greens. Peel garlic, remove core, and roughly chop.

In food processor, add greens, pistachios, garlic and salt and process well.

Add remaining ingredients, except for oil, and process.

Stop to scrape sides of bowl and then drizzle olive oil in a slow, steady stream while processing for at least 30 seconds.

Spiralize zucchini noodles.

Add a small amount of Pistachio Pesto at a time, and mix well. (Leftover may be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 days).

Garnish as desired.

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Alive Gardening Video Contest

Dear brothers and sisters,

Now is the time to plan your biodynamic, french intensive backyard garden. Its also the time to start your tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Plant the seeds in trays of potting soil. Plant in a greenhouse, cold frame or on a table next to a sunny window.

We invite you to make a video showing us where everything is going to go – the parsley, lettuce, chard, kale and broccoli. Yes, give us a tour of your garden-to-be.

We will put your video in our newsletter so that you share your intimations.

We will also award a gift certificate for $150 to the most inspiring video.

Submit your videos to

With appreciation,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Alive Bonus Program – Pumpkin Seeds, Heritage Olive Oil, Lively Chocolate Gift Pack and Alive Almond Butter

We are celebrating the launch of our new website by offering an extra bonus of a half pound of Alive, Organic Oregon Grown Pumpkin Seeds with every order of $70 or more. We invite you to taste their goodness and rejoice in their appearance.

Visit the Pumpkin Seed page!

New! Items For March

Alive California Medjool Dates

We have just received a new shipment of medjools. They are magnificent. Just the thing to lift the drear of winter. Rejoice with them! Your friends and family will be pleased.





“Call Of The Wild” White Clover Honey – Alive & Organic

We feel privileged to bring you this Canadian honey.

Profoundly rich, buttery flavor. Try on a slice of apple. Blend into almond or coconut milk. Lends itself to alive confections.

This honey originates in the sweet clover meadows of British Columbia and Alberta.



Alive, Hawaiian Macadamia Butter

Its ecstatic!

We have created a nut butter from alive macadamia nuts that is rich, luxurious and ecstatic! A dessert in itself or use as a topping on sliced fruit or veggies.

Created from macadamias grown on the Big Island of Hawaii. They are sustainably grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Not certified organic.


“Some Like It Hot” Cayenne Chocolate Bar

This, our creation, is dedicated to Isadore Duncan, a trailblazing dancer whose emphasis on freer, naturalistic movement was a precursor to modern dance. She defied the straightlaced social mores of her day and was viewed as an early feminist.

For the super-woman in your life!



Judith’s Alive, Organic Jujubes

Amaze family and friends at your Thanksgiving table with jujubes. These are Chinese date apples. A unique flavor and taste. Grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms, an outstanding family farmer here in California.




March Victory Garden Sale

20% off this month’s featured items

Walnut Butter – Alive & Organic

We make our Organic Walnut Butter by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try this delicious Walnut Butter on apple slices or carrot sticks, with a few raisins or a little honey drizzled on top.




Turmeric Butter – Alive & Organic

Beginning with turmeric, we have added raisins, honey, sesame and spices to bring you a delightful spreadable. We urge you to research what people are saying about the qualities of turmeric.




Sunflower Butter – Alive & Organic

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!
Sunflowers dance in the sun; perhaps our newest creation will bring some of that gladness to your table. Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant. They are also a wonderful source of tryptophan, an amino acid, as well as fiber and protein. Our Alive Chia Seed Oil is a bountiful source of omega-3 essential fatty acid, as well as protein and calcium. Honey and Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt accentuate its flavor and preserve its freshness.

Sunflower seeds are very high in Vitamin E. Studies have shown strong links between Vitamin E and eye health. Additionally, just 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds provides half the daily recommended serving of Vitamin B1, or Thiamin. Sunflower seeds are also high in pantothenic acid. Overall, calorie for calorie, sunflower seeds are one of nature’s most potent forms of nutrition.

Loneliness: One in eight people have no close friends

(Natural News) If you often feel lonely, you might take some comfort from the fact that you are not as alone as you might think. A new study out of England shows that one out of every eight adults do not have a close friend. This represents 13 percent of the population, which is a rise from the 10 percent who said the same in 2014 and 2015.

In addition, the study of more than 5,000 people found that 45 percent of British adults said they feel lonely sometimes and nearly 18 percent feel lonely all the time or often. Adding to the misery, 17 percent of participants said they never or rarely felt loved.

Those without close friends were 2.5 times more likely to report feeling depressed or hopeless “all the time” or “often” compared with those who have four or more close friends. Surprisingly, young people were the age group most likely to report feelings of loneliness, with 65 percent of those aged 16 to 24 reporting feeling lonely sometimes versus just 32 percent of those older than 65 saying the same. Social media could be responsible for some of this effect, with many young people spending too much time collecting casual “friends” on sites like Facebook and not enough time nurturing real-life connections.

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