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Newsletter June 17, 2020

Video: The Bubble and the New Birth of Freedom

Dear brothers and sisters,

It happened. Last week, it happened. The national debt soared to $26 trillion.Just two months earlier it was $24 trillion.As one commentator said “It took the nation 210 years to run the National Debt up to $2 trillion. It took exactly 2 months and 2 days to add the most recent $2 trillion”.

Five decades ago the link between the dollar and gold ended. This has enabled the Federal Reserve to print money endlessly without any restraint.

Endless money has created an extraordinary bubble in the stock market. It might well give way to hyperinflation followed by depression.

As most of you are well aware, already the prices of organic fruits are soaring.

We say to you, brothers and sisters, plant a Victory Garden.It will sustain you as it did your forbearers during the second world war.

Please watch the video and kindly share with us your thoughts and conjectures.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

A Path to Self-Sufficiency and Hope: Santa Cruz’s Homeless Garden Project

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is a non-profit utilizing the soils of an organic urban farm to rehabilitate and revitalize the community of Santa Cruz CA. For over 30 years their training program has provided a path to self-sufficiency for the unsheltered members of their community.

“The people we serve at Homeless Garden Project (HGP)—people experiencing homelessness—are an extremely diverse group of people. Here at HGP, I have learned that homelessness is complex, caused by a number of factors including structural causes, individual circumstances, stigma and isolation. We work with people who want to use our program to get out of homelessness and to get a job,” Darrie Ganzhorn, executive director of the HGP, said. “What unites the people we serve is a sense of appreciation for the opportunity to improve their lives, and accountability to each other, the farm and the HGP. I have been profoundly inspired by the potential within each of our trainees, by their wisdom, insight and resilience.”

Ganzhorn said working on the farm enables trainees to get in touch with the earth and the cycle of life. They plant seeds, nurture and harvest crops. The meditative quality of organic farming promotes self-reflection, the structure and routine of the work week promotes stability.

“Trainees are in direct contact with the tangible results of their work. Many trainees reflect on how the farm is a metaphor for their own growth at the Project. At the Project, trainees are part of the solution, growing organic food for the community, and, through our Feed Two Birds program, sharing our organic produce with our most vulnerable neighbors,” she said.

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Father’s Day Featured Product: California Bodacious Date 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

In a flip top box, packed in natural hardwood strands. 100% biodegradable, clean, non-allergic and dust-free.

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Recipe: Vegan Lentil Flatbread

by Plant Based Cooking Show

Curries and stews just aren’t the same without a nice piece of flatbread to dip with. This plant based vegan lentil flatbread recipe couldn’t be any simpler. With just two ingredients, these are super quick to whip up for any meal of the day. They work great for sopping up the gravy left in your bowl or as a bread substitute for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!


1 cup red lentils
2 cups water


Soak the lentils in the water for 3 hours.
Pour into a blender and blend until creamy.
Preheat a nonstick pan or griddle on medium high.
Pour a ladle full into pan and swirl into a nice circle.
Cook until bubbles pop in batter, similar to cooking pancakes.
Flip and cook on other side.
Eat immediately or store in a tupperware container in the fridge for up to a week.

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New! Items For June

California Heritage Olive Oil 750ml (Extra Virgin) – High Polyphenol, Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed

We are now bottling our Heritage Olive Oil in an elegant 750ml bottle!

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.

We invite you to rejoice in its robust, sharp flavor. Those in the know will understand how its pungency enhances the flavors of food.

When analyzed by World Olive Labs (Greece) it has been shown to have very high levels of oleocanthal, oleacein and oleuropein aglycon. These are all natural biophenols. We suggest you research their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and neuroprotective activity.

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.

An Inflammation Nation: The Definitive 10 Step Guide to Preventing and Treating All Diseases through Diet, Lifestyle, and the Use of Natural Anti-inflammatories by Sunil Pai

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