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Newsletter October 16, 2017:

Letter: Please support organic in Jacksonville

Dear brothers and sisters,

It seems that organic agriculture is continually being threatened. The latest is the attempt to eliminate soil and allow fruits and veggies to be grown hydroponically in chemical soup. This strikes at the heart of organic which is biologically active, fertile soil. Appropriately enough, the hydroponic people have joined forces with the CAFO (Contained Animal Feeding Operation) people. The latter purport to label meat from animals that have been packed into feed lots, under unspeakable conditions, as “organic”. Both are anti-life. We can not but admire their arrogance. It is all coming to a head at the meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in Jacksonville, FL on October 31st.

Brothers and sisters, please read the entirety of the letter by Elliot Coleman below, sign the petition and show up at the meeting in Jacksonville to protest this, the latest affront to aliveness and the American spirit.

Please accept our best wishes for good health, prosperity and success to you and your family,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

The following is a letter recently sent out by my friend and farming mentor Eliot Coleman. I reproduce it here at his request: – Dave Chapman

Dear Organic Farmers,

Those of us farming organically today did not invent the concept of organic agriculture. It is a gift from 100 years of development by wise people who farmed before us. We are the beneficiaries of the intuition, experimentation, and dedicated efforts of our predecessors who were concerned with the detrimental effects on food quality caused by industrial methods. They developed the art and science of organic farming because they understood that proper nourishment of human beings only results from proper nourishment of the soil. Organic farming is best defined by the benefits of growing crops on a biologically active fertile soil. Crop resistance to pests and diseases is an outcome of farming a soil that fully nourishes the crops.

The importance of fertile soil as the cornerstone of organic farming is under threat. The USDA is allowing soil-less hydroponic vegetables to be sold as certified organic without saying a word about it. Just when today’s agronomists and nutritionists are finally becoming aware of the crucial influence of soil quality on food quality, the USDA is trying to unilaterally dismiss that connection by removing soil fertility from the National Organic Program definition of organic. The encouragement of “pseudo-organic” hydroponics is just the latest in a long line of USDA attempts to subvert the non-chemical promise that organic farming has always represented. Without soil, there is no organic farming. The USDA is defrauding customers who expect certified organic crops to be grown on optimally fertile soil as they always have been.

I believe it is our duty as organic farmers to defend the integrity of what has been handed down to us by our forebears. The protection of that heritage is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. The importance of optimal soil fertility as the bedrock of organic farming has to be transmitted accurately to future generations, so they can continue this effort.

Since the USDA refuses to stop this hydroponic/organic fraud, I am asking all serious organic farmers to take effective action themselves. A large group of hard-core old-time organic farmers is staging a protest at the NOSB meeting in Jacksonville, FL at noon on October 31st. I am going to be there and I hope you will join us.

For more information go to

With best wishes,
Eliot Coleman

Click the Link Above to Find Out More and Sign the Petition

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Extra Bonus for October – Medjool Dates

For orders over $100, we are offering a bonus of one pound of Medjool Dates. This is in addition to our Alive Bonus Program of Heritage Olive Oil and dates.

Rejoice with your Medjool Dates. A treasure created by California family farmers. Just right for hiking, backpacking and school lunches!


Alive Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Medjool Dates for the Month of October

New! Items For October

Hemp Hearts – Alive & Organic

Hemp hearts are a nutrient dense source of protein, essential fats, and antioxidants.
We suggest you add to soup, salad or vegetable dishes. Sprinkle onto cereal, oatmeal or yogurt. Add to desserts. Add to smoothies. Sprinkle onto almond or cashew butter spread on a slice of apple or pear.
Sprinkle in sandwiches or wraps.





Golden Berries – Alive & Organic

Golden berries, also known as Physalis peruviana, is South American fruit that’s highly concentrated with nutrients and bioactive compounds. They can be eaten fresh or dried – they have a delicious “sweet and sour” taste that both adults and kids enjoy. They can be added to any recipe that calls for fruit (fresh or dried), including salads, as a jam, on top of granola or yogurt.





Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Honey

We invite you to plunge back to sun – filled days of times long past with the lilting, floral flavor of the essence of Ohi’a Lehua blossoms.

A white honey, delightfully thick and spreadable.

Mix with almond or cashew butter and spread on a slice of apple for an ecstatic experience.





Jujubes – Alive, Organic Chinese Date Apples

Ziziphus jujuba Chinese date apples are here! Experience their refreshingly pleasant flavor. They’ve been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years. Jujubes are red outside with a crispy texture, edible skin, and a sweet-tart flavor. Grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms, an outstanding family farmer here in California.






Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

We invite you to taste the primordial! There is nothing comparable, to this, our latest creation.






Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nuts – Wildcrafted, Alive & Organic

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. They are wildcrafted in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. High in protein.






October 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!)

Pumpkin Seed Butter – Alive & Organic

A delightful pumpkin seed spread made from American pumpkin seeds. Nourishing and energizing. A balanced source of good protein.





Chia Cherry Blueberry Butter – Alive & Organic

We have combined chia seeds with Oregon grown Blueberries, California cherries and Cranberries. We’ve also added Black Sesame Oil (more than 60% omega-3 fatty acid), honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.





Hemp Seed Butter – Alive & Organic

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





White Kiawe Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive and Organic

Our rare, certified organic Kiawe Blossom Honey is gathered from an isolated Kiawe forest on the island of Hawaii. The deep tap roots of the Kiawe trees have reached an underground aquifer of fresh water that flows down from the volcanoes. This forest is in a desert and no other vegetation has tapped the aquifer, allowing the bees to collect Kiawe nectar of exceptional purity and quality.




Essay Contest – Darwin’s Doubts

Dear brothers and sisters,

The hypothesis advanced by Darwin that life evolves by chance from earlier forms and that survival is conditioned by the struggle for existence is being increasingly challenged. It seems that the fossil evidence does not support his view. Indeed Darwin, a man of utmost integrity, expressed his doubts. A lot is at stake here; go on to any campus and ask the first person you see as to how they conceptualize the origin of life and differentiation into species and they will answer “Darwin”. The concept that we have evolved by chance from a monkey, an ape or some such thing leads to a particularly bleak outlook, barren of spirit where the only reality is the accretion of things. Indeed such a view reflects the moral and spiritual lunarscape of the times in which we live.

Here are some leading and well reasoned videos; we invite you to review them. Make your reply into a video. We will award the most alive and organic essayist with a gift certificate for purchasing $150 of our foods. The contest ends October 20th.

Please send me a link to your video. Thank you.
With appreciation,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

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