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Newsletter July 2, 2018:

Video: Against the Tide: A Magnificent Example for All of Us

Dear brothers and sisters,

It was a magnificent summer day. Along with our interns Alan and Jeffrey we drove out from Berkeley to visit with Judith Redmond at Full Belly Farm.It is one of the finest organic farms in California.It encompasses over 450 acres and produces a bounty of fruits and vegetables.

The organic food industry is changing rapidly; corporate players are moving in and competitive pressures are increasing on family farmers. With this comes the advent of factory farming and hydroponics, the epitome of linear, mechanistic agriculture. Tragically enough, organic standards are being eroded to accommodate the heavy hitters.

Full Belly Farm stands against the tide. It is an example of the creativity and ingenuity and constant industry of American family farmers. Most important, they are preserving a way of being, a source of life and renewal.

It was our privilege and honor to interview Judith. Let her tell you about her magnificent enterprise.

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

Jesse Schwartz PhD
President
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Blueberries and Cream Milkshake

by Master Live Food Chef Barbara Kessler of Rawfully Tempting

Featured Item: Buckwheat Oregon Honey – Alive and Unfiltered


Buckwheat honey is darker than other honeys, and has a rich, full flavor reminiscent of black-strap molasses. High in iron, proteins and high in antioxidants, this delicious honey may help soothe coughs, and sore throats.

As a general rule, darker honeys tend to be higher in antioxidants than lighter ones. Also darker honeys tend to be higher in mineral content as compared to lighter honeys.

The buckwheat plant is an excellent honey source, sometimes planted by beekeepers specifically for honey production. The blossoms are rich in nectar and blooming can continue into the fall.

Unfiltered and raw (not heated over 115 ˚F) our honey still contains traces of Pollen and Propolis, and has no additives.

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


New! Items For July

Black Cumin Seed Flour – Alive & Organic


One of the earliest cultivated plants. Black Cumin Seeds, Nigella Sativa, have been used for healing for thousands of years. Highly regarded by practitioners of Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurveda.Black cumin supports the entire body.

The flour lends itself to so many uses. Imagine combining with almond flour and pumpkin seed flour. What cookies and confections you will make!

 

 

 

Milk of Paradise – Cashew & Macadamia Butter – Alive & Organic


Cashews and Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts make for a profoundly rich and creamy combination.

At first we were using sustainably grown Hawaiian macadamia nuts. We have switched over to organic macadamia nuts, henceforth Milk of Paradise is organic!

 

 

 

Absolut Honey – Alive 11oz squares


“Deliciousness itself,” as Mark Twain said about cherimoya. For culinary adventurers who demand the ultimate in aliveness. An elegant natural confection. We are delighted to say that Absolut Honey is back. This is honeycomb filled with honey just as the bees made it. A single cell of honeycomb is filled with the concentrated nectar of innumerable flowers. What could be more alive?

The bees are cared for with loving devotion by Walt Broughton and his sons Abram, Luke and Jeb. Together they have in excess of ten decades of being with the bees.

Honeycomb is completely edible. Many aver that honey tastes especially alive when eaten straight from the comb. It is chewy, pleasantly sweet,fresh and vital. The wax cells of honeycomb are both edible and beneficial because they contain natural vitamin A as well as roughage. For an ecstatic taste spread on a slice of apple that has first been spread with a layer of tahini or almond butter. With cheeses, fruit, and edible flowers it is a gorgeous and delicious spread.

A fine choice for “preppers” and “survivalists”.The shelf life of honey is 4000 years.

 

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.

 

 

 

July 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!)

Roasted Almond Butter 16oz – Organic


For those who enjoy the heightened flavor afforded by roasting, we carefully roast and grind a mixture of organic almonds. We do not add oil or preservatives. Like the Raw Almond Butter, this is a tremendous source of energy. Living Tree Community Foods Roasted Almond Butter is ideal to bring on camping trips.

 

 

 

Garlic Stuffed California Olives – Organic


These garlic stuffed olives are created 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.

 

 

 

Pepper Stuffed California Olives – Organic


These pepper stuffed olives are created 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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

We Invite You to Consider an Internship

Brothers and sisters!

We invite you to join us in learning sales, marketing, production and product development. Help carry our message of alive and organic throughout the world. Learn to make nut butters, oils and chocolates. Consider this an opening and portal for those considering a career in the organic food industry. Moreover, you’ll be in Berkeley, home to the world’s greatest university. 22 Noble Prize winners have taught here.

Internships are for 12 weeks. For details send us an email at jesse@livingtreecommunity.com.

Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers


(CBS) “Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago.” That’s how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today.

The unequal economy that’s emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America’s food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The suicide rate in the field of farming, fishing and forestry is 84.5 per 100,000 people — more than five times that of the population as a whole. That’s even as the nation overall has seen an increase in suicide rates over the last 30 years.

The CDC study comes with a few caveats. It looked at workers over 17 different states, but it left out some major agricultural states, like Iowa. And the occupational category that includes these workers includes small numbers of workers from related occupational groups, like fishing and forestry. (However, agricultural workers make up the vast majority of the “farming, fishing and forestry” occupational group.)

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