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Newsletter March 19, 2017:

Video: Start Your Spring and Summer Garden Now!

Dear brothers and sisters,

Its time to get your tomatoes and peppers going; also, your lettuce, kale, parsley and chard. Imagine! You can start your garden in your kitchen or living room. All you need is a tray and some potting soil.

Family farmers are going extinct. Now is the time to stand up and be counted. Be your own farmer! If you are concerned about the food you eat, grow it yourself! Give yourself the satisfaction of partaking of tomatoes that you have grown yourself, the result of your intentionality and hard work!

With so much appreciation,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


Recipe: Royal Walnut Cheesecake

by Kelly of Raw Gourmet La Vie

We urge you to visit her wonderful website.

Note: The cheesecake, beet lace, and orange flower candy require preparation 1 day ahead of assembly due to dehydration time and refrigeration time for the cheesecake to set up.

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup soaked and dehydrated walnuts
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
4 tbsp. organic maple syrup
¼ tsp. organic vanilla powder (Living Tree Community Foods)
¼ tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. melted raw coconut butter
¼ cup melted coconut oil

Take a Breville food processor and place the walnuts into it (any food processor will do). Pulse the walnuts into small pieces. Make sure you don’t over pulse them into powder. Add salt, maple syrup, vanilla powder, lemon juice, coconut butter, and coconut oil to the walnuts. Pulse until mixed, being careful not to over mix and break the nuts down too far. Take a 7” X 3” cake pan with a removable bottom. Coat the inside with coconut oil. Remove the crust mixture from the Breville and place it into the pan. Use a flat food press to press it down evenly into the pan. Make sure there is no remaining crust along the side of the pan. If you need to wipe down the sides, coat your finger in coconut oil after doing so. Cover the pan with saran wrap or foil and place it in the refrigerator.

Walnut Filling Ingredients:
1 cup organic soaked and dehydrated walnut butter
2 cups soaked and dehydrated walnuts (re soak for 1 hour)
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 can 13.66oz. Thai coconut milk
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
½ cup organic maple syrup
¼ tsp. organic vanilla powder (Living Tree Community Foods)
½ tbsp. grated ginger (microplane grater)
½ tbsp. orange zest (microplane grater)
15 drops organic orange medicine flower extract
1 cup organic melted coconut oil
2 tbsp. organic sunflower lecithin

Drain and rinse the walnut pieces. Place the walnut butter, walnuts, orange juice, coconut milk, salt, maple syrup, vanilla powder, ginger, orange zest, and orange extract into a Vitamix. Blend until creamy smooth. Test with your fingers to make sure there is no grittiness. Slowly add the coconut oil with the Vitamix on low. Use the tamper while you are mixing to make sure it is evenly mixed in. Then add the lecithin and evenly distribute that. Make sure not to over blend the lecithin. Remove the cake pan from the refrigerator. Place the mixture into the cake pan. Tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles that might be in the filling. Wait a minute to see if any more air bubbles appear. If so repeat the procedure until they are all gone. Place the remaining filling into an airtight container. Cover the cake pan back up and place it into the refrigerator along with the airtight container. Leave both to set overnight in the refrigerator.

Beet Lace Ingredients:
4 large beets (Trader Joe’s Baby Beets, steamed and peeled)
¼ cup organic maple syrup
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
½ tbsp. grated ginger (microplane grater)
2 tbsp. fresh orange juice
½ tbsp. grated orange zest (microplane grater)
¼ tsp. organic cinnamon powder

Take a hand held Spiralife spiral slicer. Slice 3 of the beets with the straight fan blade and place them into a large mixing bowl. Slice the remaining beet with the spaghetti blade and place that one into the same bowl. Take a regular flatware knife and chop the beet slices into small pieces inside the bowl. Drain the bowl of excess juice. Place the remaining ingredients into the bowl and gently hand mix them in with a spoon. Take a dehydrator tray with a teflex sheet. Place the beets onto the tray evenly and joined together. This will create your lace. Refer to the photo. Place the dehydrator tray into the dehydrator at 115 degrees for 13 hours. Remove the beets from the dehydrator and flip the lace over onto another tray with a teflex sheet. Make sure to gently peel the lace off of the first teflex sheet from one end. Do not break it apart. Cover the lace with foil and set aside.

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Featured Item: Chocolate Nut and Fruit Barque – Alive and Organic

We celebrate the joy of being alive with almonds, cashews, raisins, blueberries, cranberries and chocolate. Kids and adults alike will love it.


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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!




March Victory Garden Sale


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


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.

Maca Is Good for More Than Your Mojo

(Mercola) Superfoods seem to be more plentiful today than they’ve ever been. One of the best, but lesser known, is an ancient root vegetable called maca, belonging to the same cruciferous family as kale and cauliflower. However, maca is most closely associated with mustard, turnip, cabbage, garden cress and watercress.

Grown in the Peruvian mountains, maca’s history is long and distinguished, as it was used even earlier than the Incans for both food and traditional medicine. Its most notable use was to proliferate fertility in both men and women and, serendipitously, increase sexual desire. That may be why another name for it is Peruvian ginseng.

Today, maca is taking on new life with clinically proven and remarkable health benefits, both as a food and supplement. Studies show it to improve mood and memory, lower stress levels, treat osteoporosis, protect against UV radiation,3 help balance hormones,4 and perform a dozen other functions.

Similar to a turnip, maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is the world’s highest-growing cultivated crop, still flourishing in the rocky soil, high winds, intense sunlight and widely fluctuating temperatures of the Andes Mountains, at altitudes at or above 13,000 feet. Rain Tree, a tropical plant database, notes certain basics of the maca root:

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Epidemic of Obesity by Jay Kuo

We are delighted to say that Jay is currently doing an internship with us. We feel privileged to work with him.

The epidemic of obesity in United State has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent decades. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Even worse, the statistic show this trend won’t stop. The obesity percentages for the overall US population reached 19.4% in 1997. In 2013 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that 27.6% of American citizens were obese. The latest data shows adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. It has been estimates that 3/4 of the American population will likely be overweight or obese by 2020.

The picture below shows the percentage of obese in each state. We can see that even with the leanest State, Colorado, have over 20 percent obesity rate. That mean 1 out of 5 person is obesity.

Obesity is not just a health problem, it also cause lots of economic lost and burden on health care system. According to American Society for Clinical Nutrition, obesity has been related to around 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year (Blackburn & Walker 2005). Several report also suggest that an obese person will increase medical burden to our society, an average of $1,429 more in medical expenses annually. Approximately $147 billion is spent in added medical expenses per year within the United States. So what are the causes of this horrible obesity epidemic? Generally the cause can be divide in to three categories: diet, living style and poverty.


In a nutshell: Fast food and sugary drink. The ultimate cause may be connected to Americans addiction to fast food: Hamburgers, French fries, bacon, doughnuts, soda, milkshake and other carbohydrate drink. While there are indeed many other wealthy food to choose along the street. The characteristic of fast food make it the top choice in every day diet. Cheap, fast and full of fat. These food items are relatively inexpensive and available at fast food chains across the country. You can find several Fast food restaurant in a signal shopping plaza. The cheap price attract many middle or lower class people whom can’t really proper health meal on daily bases. These Fast foods are frequently fried and are high in calories. Consumption of foods exceedingly high in fat calories can lead to obesity.

Beside of fried fast food. Several studies had suggest a strong relation of sugary drink and obesity in United State. Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that from 1989 to 2008, calories from sugary beverages increased by 60% in children ages 6 to 11, from 130 to 209 calories per day, and the percentage of children consuming them rose from 79% to 91%. Another study done by National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that on any given day, half the people in the U.S. consume sugary drinks; 1 in 4 get at least 200 calories from such drinks; and 5% get at least 567 calories—equivalent to four cans of soda. Sugary drinks are the top calorie source in teens’ diets (226 calories per day), beating out pizza (213 calories per day).

Sedentary lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle could be another possible contributing factor to obesity. A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. Sedentary activities includes sitting, reading, watching television, playing video games, and computer use for much of the day with little or no vigorous physical exercise. The major transportation in the United States are cars, which is a sedentary activity as well. Sadly, all the activities listed above are what normal American do and occupied most of the day.

For example: In the morning, you wake up in the morning and eat the breakfast in a sit down position. Than you drive to your office and sit in your desk for whole day. After a tiring day you just drive home and grab a bag of fast food because you are too tired to cook. And for the rest of your night you just sit in your coach, watching games and have a bottle of beer. That a typical white color workers day. As you can see, there is not much exercise or physical activity involves. Much of the workforce gets insufficient exercise. Most employees work sitting down for hours at a time. As Americans have become more sedentary in their lifestyles, obesity rates have risen. More than 60% of adults do not exercise as recommended, and approximately 25% of adults are not active at all ( Lawlor & Chaturvedi 2006).


Statistically, people in America who live in the most poverty-dense counties are those most prone to obesity. Counties with poverty rates of >35% have obesity rates 145% greater than wealthy counties (Levine 2011). Although there are many reason that lead to obesity. The strong correlation between poverty and obesity could not be ignore. In the article “Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs” Adam Drewnowski explain why poverty is relate to obesity. First is the inverse relation between energy density (MJ/kg) and energy cost ($/MJ). High energy density mostly composed of refined grain, added sugar and fat which basically are fast food. Second, the high energy density and palatability of sweets and fats are associated with higher energy intakes. Those energy will transform to body fat and stay inside. These high energy density (fast food) are usually cheap and more affordable than prudent diets based on lean meats, fish, fresh vegetables, and fruit. Therefore, become attractive to low income group. More and more Americans are becoming overweight and obese while consuming more added sugars and fats and spending a lower percentage of their disposable income on food (Drewnowski & Specter 2004).

Obesity and Depression

Besides of the possible root to obesity, current research also shows that obesity is related to depression. According to a 5 year period (2005-2010) survey by National Health and Nutrition Examination, 43% of with depression were also suffer from obesity, and adult who with depression were more likely to be obese than adults without depression. This number is much higher than national average which was 27.6% in 2013. It also point out that the proportion of adults with obesity rose as the severity of depressive symptoms increased. David A. Kats, MD and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison assessed quality of life in 2,931 patients with chronic health conditions including obesity. He found that clinical depression was highest in very obese participants

The chart below indicates people, both man and woman, who suffer from depression, are more likely be obese than those without depression.

So why they are related? Although it is difficult to pinpoint the direct connection, nor which is the cause and which is the consequence. But it is safe to say that they are effecting each other. Obesity can cause poor self-image, low self-esteem, and social isolation, all known contributors to depression. People who obese are more likely been judged stereotyped, and discriminated against. Such tremendous psychological pressure can easily cause depression. It also work the other way, people who suffer from depression can easily become obese. People experiencing depression are more likely to overeat or make poor food choices, avoid exercising, and become more sedentary. Unfortunately, both epidemic is top medical issue in United State. And it is going to be worse. We should treat these issue with serious attitude. What we could do in our everyday life are taking care of your diet, eat healthy food, go outside and greet our friends. These are very basic but very effective.


Blackburn, G. Walker, A. (2005) Science-based solutions to obesity: what are the roles of academia, government, industry, and health care? The American Journal of clinical Nutrition. Vol 82. No 1. Pp 207-210

Drewnowski, A. Spector, SE. (2004) Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs. The American Journal of clinical Nutrition. Vol 79. No 1. Pp6-16.

Lawlor, D. Chaturvedi, N. (2006) Treatment and prevention of obesity—are there critical periods for intervention? International Journal of Epidemiology. Vol 35 Issue 1

Levine, A. (2011) Poverty and Obesity in the U.S. DIABETES, Vol 60. Pp 2667-2668

Pratt, L. Brody, D. (2014) Depression and Obesity in the U.S. Adult Household Population, 2005–2010. NCHS Data Brief No. 167
Thompson, D (2011) Depression and Obesity. Everyday Health

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