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Newsletter October 16, 2019


Video: Vermont Farmers Speak Out About USDA Organic Standards

Dear brothers and sisters,

Organic is being relentlessly eroded as factory farms displace the family farmers who started the movement. The organic seal does not protect you against food grown in chemical soup instead of soil. Organic agriculture was meant to build the long-term vitality of the soil. But not anymore. There is a tidal wave of soil less hydroponic production of fruits and vegetables. Dave Chapman, a Vermont farmer ,who first sounded the alarm about hydroponics in organic says,”in five years virtually all supermarket certified organic tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers will be hydroponic.” It is happening. Those “organic” berries and those “organic “tomatoes that you find on store shelves all winter long-where are they coming from? They are grown in Mexico in enormous greenhouse complexes.

Furthermore so-called “organic” produce is industrial farmed in enormous mono- cropped fields. Due to lack of biodiversity, these fields are more vulnerable to the rapid spread of pest and disease; therefore, monocrop production routinely depends upon the greater use of organic pesticides throughout the growing season. Monoculture degrades the soil and produces crops that are lacking in nutrients.

CAFO’s, contained animal feeding operations, are another egregious insult. So-called “organic” eggs, milk and meat are produced in huge indoor feeding operations making a mockery of the requirement that animals should have pasture and open space.

We are pleased to present this magnificent video where family farmers in Vermont are speaking out against the dumbing down of organics.

Here you are standing up for bubbling, streaming, pulsating aliveness.You have moved from “sustainability” to “regeneration” . But we can not stop there; the word is now “re-creation”. In your vigor and resilience, you will yet create victory gardens and edible landscapes.

Abraham Lincoln was right. “What equal or better hope do we have in the world” than you?

Please watch the video. We would be delighted with your comments.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Vermont Farmers Speak Out About USDA Organic Standards | Real Organic Project


Ten Times More People Healthy Over Age 100 Than The Average United States Community



Recipe: Sunflower Seed Butter Cheesecake

by Unconventional Baker

Creamy no-bake, dairy-free cheesecake, made without nuts. Sweet, tangy, and totally satisfying! Gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free.

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or another nut or seed)
4 soft medjool dates, pitted
1/2 tbsp maple syrup

3/4 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt (I used an agave-sweetened one, but can also use unsweetened and adjust sweetener in the recipe separately)
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Organic Nuts and Free Shipping







New! Items For October

Brazil Nut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic

Gathered by native people in the rain forests of Amazonia. The Brazil nut tree is enormous, reaching a height of 100 to 150 feet or more and can live a life of 500 to 800 years!
Brazil nuts are a concentrated dietary source of selenium, a trace element your body needs for proper functioning.






Pomegranates – Alive & Organic

We are pleased to offer the first of the season, new crop pomegranates. They are grown by Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm. They are among the finest family farmers in California. 






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. 

Jujuberries contain a wide array of nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron. They contain 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit, strengthening the immune system and fighting infections, which may be why they’ve been used medicinally for millennia in many cultures, as a tea for sore throat, for example.





Macadamia Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

As you know we’ve been out of alive, organic macadamias all year.We were getting them from Hawaii but they’ve become unavailable. We’ve found a source in Guatemala. Growing in a different clime and soil, their flavor, naturally enough, differs from their Hawaiian counterparts. To some tastes, the Guatemalan variety is a more nutty and earthy.




Joe Soghomonian’s Jumbo Flame Raisins – Alive Organic & Sundried

These raisins are grown by Joe Soghomonian and his magnificent daughter Natalie, storied grape growers of California.  

Imagine these in school lunches!

Imagine them as a snack after jogging!






Absolut Honeycomb – Alive 11oz squares

We suggest that you consider adding honeycomb to your emergency preparedness kit. It has a shelf life of years.

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? 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.





Macadamia Nuts (Halves) – Alive & Organic

Halves and pieces.   

As you know we’ve been out of alive, organic macadamias all year. We were getting them from Hawaii but they’ve become unavailable. We’ve found a source in Guatemala. Growing in a different clime and soil, their flavor, naturally enough, differs from their Hawaiian counterparts. To some tastes, the Guatemalan variety is a more nutty and earthy.

Macadamia nuts contain a significant level of protein, comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.





Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive & Organic

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







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!)

Walnut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic

We’ve put our popular alive, organic walnut butter into a 16ounce jar. This means a savings to you.We make it by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try it on apple slices or carrot sticks, with some raisins and honey drizzled on top.




Almond Cashew Brazil Nut Millennial Butter – Alive & Organic

Dedicated to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the creative geniuses who have done so much to shape the modern epoch. Starting with almonds grown by California family farmers, we’ve added Brazil Nuts. We’ve added cashews for smoothness and spreadability along with California sundried raisins, honey for delight and a pinch of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt to bring out the flavors.




Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive & Organic

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


Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

We Welcome Investors

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association.
Characteristics that are identified with organic, such as clean, transparent, fresh and sustainable helped boost organic sales to unprecedented levels, according to the survey.

New records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non-food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion. The growth rate for organic continued to easily outpace the general market: in 2018, total food sales in the U.S. edged up just 2.3 percent while total non-food sales rose 3.7 percent.
Almost 6 percent (5.7%) of the food sold in this country is now organic. Today’s consumers can find organic products – food and non-food items — in every aisle of their grocery stores. They can choose organic in their favorite big box store, their club warehouse store, even in their neighborhood convenience store, and increasingly on the internet. Organic is no longer a niche market.

Thanks to your kind support, we too are growing. We wish to hire more teamworkers and to purchase tools and equipment. We are seeking long term, stable capital. If taking a strategic position in the organic food industry appeals to you, let’s talk!

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Consider An Alive, Organic Internship

This is for someone interested in building a career in the organic food industry. We offer a well-rounded program of training in sales and marketing of organic foods as well as manufacturing of organic nut butters, oils and chocolates.
We take pride in supporting family farmers and your internship will include visits to outstanding organic farms.

At Living Tree Community Foods we manufacture organic nut butters, oils and chocolates. We are an ethical business and treat our colleagues and clients with kindness and respect. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our work We also suggest that you visit our YouTube channel.

We are located in Berkeley, California one of the world’s great centers of learning. Over 25 Nobel Prize winners have taught here.

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
Living Tree Community Foods



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