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Newsletter June 4, 2018:

Video: Food is Free Project: Open-Source Front-Yard Community Gardens

Dear brothers and sisters,

Here you are in your munificence, building a community garden.This video is a celebration, a celebration of aliveness.It is a tone poem of the strength, resilience and “can-do” attitude of everyday Americans.

People no longer talk of “sustainability”. The word is now “regeneration”. It begins with regenerating the topsoil and then our neighborhoods and schools. There are still many vacant lots that can be turned into community gardens; every schoolyard an edible schoolyard; every park an edible landscape. Your front yard an heirloom fruit orchard and your backyard a biodynamic, intensive vegetable garden.

This great land may yet be a garden for the human spirit.

We invite you to watch the amazing video of what we can be and let us know what you think.

With vibrant wishes to you and family, for good health, prosperity and success.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Caramel Crunch Freezer Fudge

by Master Live Food Chef Barbara Kessler of Rawfully Tempting

A rich, creamy, crunchy and delicious fudge. Your friends and family will beg you for more! I’ve made this for several groups, and the response was an overwhelming, “mmmmmmmmm.”

Easy to prepare. Use molds, or pour onto a cookie sheet for a delicious bark style treat!!!

1/2 c cacao butter, chopped or grated
1 1/2c cacao paste(liquor), chopped or grated
1/4 c coconut sugar, powdered
3 Tablespoons nut butter
5 drops caramel Medicine Flower Extract (or 1 tsp liquid extract)
2 drops Medicine Flower Butterscotch, optional, but soo good
1 cup cashews
1/3 c almonds or walnuts
6 Tablespoons dried, unsweetened coconut
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup raisins(divided in half)

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Featured Item: California Olives – Organic & Sundried

These California grown black olives are a tasty addition to salads. Cured in salt and then sundried and rolled in extra virgin olive oil and spices. Contains sea salt, organic spices, olive oil. These olives contain pits.

These olives are grown for you by the Makela family. They arrived in California in 1778. Decades later, in 1855, their Great, Great Grandfather, Jules Goux, planted the first commercial olive grove. Today, the tradition continues with the tenth generation who are still growing organic olives on their family’s fertile land.

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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Free Shipping

New! Items For June

Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive & Organic

A sonata with with high notes of floral and fruit.

Lehua Honey’s rich, slightly floral taste and silky texture complement, but don’t overwhelm, other flavors and ingredients, making it one of the most versatile of honeys in the world.

Lehua Honey is becoming one of the rarest on Earth. It is recognized for its unique quality, taste and connection to the islands of Hawaii. The Lehua is the official flower of Hawaii. It is sad that the Ohia Lehua tree is facing the threat of extinction.

Our Ohia Lehua Honey is gathered by a family devoted to beekeeping.




Hawthorn Honey – Alive & Unfiltered

Hawthorn honey is light in both color and flavor with tropical, fruity highlights that reflect the fragrance of the hawthorn blossoms.

Honey will naturally crystallize over time, which does not diminish the quality or flavor. If desired, you may heat gently in a warm water bath to liquefy.




Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

These pinenuts nuts are wildcrafted from trees in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. We invite you to experience the taste of the primordial!

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. The latter are imported from China and are a species of Korean pine nut, Pinus Koraiensus. Siberian pine nuts are a different species, Pinus Sibirica. They are the fruits of a majestic and beautiful tree.




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!)

Cashew Butter – Alive & Organic

Sundried cashews have been transformed into a butter that retains its quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.




Hemp Heart Butter – Alive & Organic

Hemp Heart Butter is one of nature’s richest sources of complete protein (35%) and Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (40%).

Hemp hearts offer a high concentration of omega 6 and omega 3 in a ration of about 3:1. This exceeds the ratio recommended by health authorities and compensates in part for omega-3 deficiencies in the rest of our diet.





Pistachio Pesto – Alive & Organic

All the ingredients came together for your happiness: alive pistachios grown by family farmers in the rich, alluvial soil of California’s great Central Valley, sun-dried black olives and sun-dried tomatoes, sesame, apple cider vinegar, aromatic spices (cayenne, garlic, cumin, curry powder) and herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary) and sea salt, all blended with Living Tree Alive Olive Oil- unfiltered, unheated, UNPRESSED.

Serve on freshly, crunchy vegetables or crackers. Mix one TBS per serving with your favorite pasta, alive soup or finely shredded zucchini or carrots. Go ahead–surprise, delight, and nourish yourself!





Bariatric Surgery Is Not an ‘Obesity Cure’

(Mercola) In the U.S., more than 2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese, while 1 in 13 is considered to have extreme obesity.1 As obesity rates have risen so, too, have obesity-related diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. It’s still commonly believed that the best way to lose weight is to simply eat less and exercise more, but this health dogma fails for many, in large part because of an emphasis placed on low-fat, high-carb foods and counting calories.

As a result, people struggling with obesity may turn to extreme measures like bariatric surgery as a last resort to lose weight. A misguided article in The Atlantic even went so far as to call bariatric surgery the “obesity cure” and scold states with some of the highest rates of obesity for not covering the sometimes-deadly medical procedure in their Medicaid programs.2 If you’re currently trying to lose weight, please understand that there is a better way.
Bariatric Surgery Is Not an ‘Obesity Cure’

Bariatric surgery costs tens of thousands of dollars, making it inaccessible for many people if the procedure isn’t covered by their insurance. This may be a blessing in disguise, however, as complications, from bleeding and infection to blood clots and death, can and do occur. Nonetheless, The Atlantic called out Mississippi — the state with the second-highest rate of obesity in the U.S. — and Montana as being the only two states that don’t cover bariatric surgery in their Medicaid programs.

Many other states don’t cover the surgery in their state employee plans, and even when coverage is offered, there may be barriers that make qualifying for the surgery difficult, such as a requirement to quit smoking or lose a certain amount of weight first. But the solution to Mississippi’s 37 percent obesity rate isn’t surgery to shrink the stomach, which is merely an invasive Band-Aid that puts your long-term health at risk. There are three primary types of weight loss surgery:

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