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Newsletter November 6, 2017:

Video: Learn From the Juneau Community Garden!

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is with so much pleasure that we present to you a video on a community garden in Juneau, Alaska. Let us agree that they are faced with the challenge of a rather short growing season and yet, by being in empathy with the earth, they are able to produce an abundance. What’s more, they have overcome the isolation, the all pervasive isolation. Here they are – elders and kids, moms and dads, students and working people, all coming together to grow at least a part of the food that they eat.

This is an intimation, a hint of what we can be.

Indeed it behooves all of us to get our hands and feet in the earth. “Sustainability” has gone the way of “The war on poverty”. In its place there is “renewal” and “regeneration”. This is the task and duty of our generation.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie just in time for fall!

by Master Live Food Chef Rachel Karr

Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Fall leaves, hot cocoa and pumpkin pie. It’s that time of year!
This is when we all go collectively for all things pumpkin.
If you love the flavor or pumpkin spice, but want to stay healthy over the holidays, never fear.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie to the rescue!

This delicious, seasonal smoothie can be an alternative to your morning smoothie (it’s a great smoothie to add extra protein to, with your favorite vegan protein powder), or it can even be a healthy dessert alternative on a cozy fall night. If you want it to have more of an ice cream texture, add the almond milk, little by little, until you have just enough to blend and get to a creamy texture. I usually start with 1/2 cup for a thicker ice cream texture. You could also use this as a base for a fun, fall-themed smoothie bowl!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
15 mins

Author: Rachel Carr
Serves: 24 oz

1 cup ice
1 date
1 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)
6 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup cashews
2 bananas
1 pinch salt


Blend all ingredients together until smooth in a blender.
Garnish with granola and a pinch of cinnamon.
Serve immediately, or keep chilled until ready to serve.

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Featured Item: California Olives – Alive & Organic

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.

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

New! Items For November

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.






November 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.





Coconut Butter – Alive & Organic

Our alive coconut butter is created from alive coconut. Savor its fragrance. Ponder its texture.





Sunflower Butter – Alive & Organic

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!





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.




Latest Major Threat to Bees and Trees

(Mercola) Systemic neonicotinoid pesticides have made recent headlines for their association with bee deaths, while glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has also been the topic of much debate following the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) 2015 declaration that the chemical is a probable human carcinogen. A relative newcomer to the scene is dicamba, but it’s quickly earning a similarly ominous reputation as the former two.

Dicamba has been used by farmers for decades, but the release of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybeans — genetically engineered (GE) plants designed to tolerate both glyphosate and dicamba — prompted its use to become more widespread, as well as used in a different way, now sprayed over the top of the GE cotton and soy, where it could easily volatilize and drift onto nearby fields.1

Monsanto sold dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean seeds to farmers before the herbicide designed to go with them (which is supposedly less prone to drifting) had gotten federal approval. In 2016, when farmers sprayed their new GE crops with older, illegal formulas of dicamba, and it drifted over onto their neighbors’ non-dicamba-resistant crops, devastating crop damage was reported in 10 states.2

Newer dicamba formulations are supposedly less prone to drifting, but this hasn’t stopped the onslaught of reports of dicamba damage. As of August 2017, an estimated 3.1 million acres across the eastern half of the United States had been damaged by dicamba drift,3 and there’s also disturbing information that the chemical is harming trees.

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Employment Offered – Alive, Organic Sales Manager

We are seeking someone to help us build our business. Someone wholehearted and enthusiastic.Duties would include negotiating sales, marketing and strategic planning.

This is for someone interested in building a career in the organic food industry. We have been established for over 38 years.

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