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Newsletter May 27, 2020

Video: Deciphering the Pandemic

Dear brothers and sisters,

The latest data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years.Tragically enough this troubling decline is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide.

That is why we maintain that the virus is but a symptom of a deeper, more profound illness.

We suggest that the pandemic can also be seen as an opportunity:- To get back to a diet more and more alive. To cleanse and re-create ourselves via intermittent fasting. To emerge more vibrantly alive via vigorous exercise.To get back to the Victory Gardens that people planted during WW2. (Imagine! In 1943, backyard gardens produced 40% of all vegetables consumed in the U.S).

Let’s then get together with friends and neighbors and plant victory gardens, edible schoolyards and permaculture parks. We’ve long since left “sustainability” behind, let’s go forward with renewal and regeneration.

Please accept our best wishes for good health, prosperity and success,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Do Whole Food Plant Based Eaters Need To Worry About Deficiencies Such As Protein, Iron, Iodine, B12

Featured Product: Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive & Organic

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

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Recipe: Plant Based Vegan Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Cheesecake

by The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show

Here is a recipe that you are going to want to make for every special occasion! This is a Plant Based Vegan recipe based on a traditional dish where we have replaced all the toxic animal products and sugar with nutrient-packed whole food goodness and eye watering flavors! You are going to start dreaming of this cheesecake after you eat it =)


1 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds

4 cups raw, unsalted cashews
2 cups dates
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup unsweetened soymilk

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Walking Tour of Your Victory Garden Contest

Why not invite brothers and sisters throughout the world to join you on a tour of your victory garden?

We would love to rejoice with you in your tomato starts, lettuce, kale and beets and broccoli. Perhaps with Mozart, Brahms or Chopin playing in the background? Why not?!

We will award a gift certificate for $300 towards purchases of our foods for the most alive and cognizant video.

Contest ends Friday June 12th. Submit videos to

New! Items For June

Dark Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries – Organic

High quality, unique chocolate covered treats.

Organic Bing Cherries are packed with Vitamin C, Potassium and Antioxidants.

Made with Fair Trade, organic, 70% Dark Chocolate that does not contain soy lecithin not dairy ingredients.




Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts – Organic & Oregon Grown

Made with Organic Hazelnuts grown in Oregon by family farmers.

High quality, unique chocolate-covered treats.

Made with Fair Trade, organic, 70% Dark Chocolate that does not contain soy lecithin nor dairy ingredients.




Polenta – 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.




Brown Flax Seed – Alive & Organic

Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and copper, and they are a good source of the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium.

Sprinkle ground flaxseeds onto your hot or cold cereal
Add flaxseeds to your homemade muffin, cookie or bread recipe
Add to breakfast shakes and smoothies
Sprinkle over cooked veggies
Mix with yogurt, fruit, nuts and pumpkin seeds



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.


Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds – Organic

Imagine! Organic California almonds, grown by family farmers, covered with Fair Trade, organic Dark Chocolate. Just the thing for hiking the John Muir Trail or as a snack after gymnastics.





June 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!)

Almond Butter 8oz – Alive & Organic

We began making almond butter over 25 years ago. Over the years, we have developed a proprietary process: we make the almond butter slowly, over several days. We slice the almonds and never grind them, which exposes the nut to the least heat possible to keep the flavors and properties of the raw nut intact. We make it frequently, in small batches, so it’s fresh and alive.

We have been buying almonds from California family farmers since 1979. Almonds are a premier source of Vitamin E. A study from Harvard found that people who ate nuts frequently were less likely to die from heart disease and cancer.




Walnut Butter 8oz – 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.





Pecan Butter – Alive & Organic

Our pecans are grown on a family farm in Texas and blended with a little Pink Himalayan Salt. Try our Organic Pecan Butter straight on fresh crunchy vegetables. It’s also delicious mixed with your favorite soup or finely shredded cabbage, zucchini and carrots. Use one tablespoon per serving.

The Grass-Fed Market Garden: No Water. No Weeds. No Tilling. by Pete Kanaris GreenDreamsFL

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