Meet Our Interns! They are
My name is Shierly Mayasari and I am currently a junior pursuing a degree in food science with an emphasis in food technology at UC Davis. I was born and spent my childhood growing up in Indonesia before moving to California to continue my education. At UC Davis, I participated in ICBG (International Cooperative Biodiversity Group) research project which includes three US universities (UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco) and three prominent Indonesian institutions (Indonesian Institute of Science, Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, and Bandung Institute of Technology). I am also a member and involved in Alpha Zeta California Gamma. To apply the knowledge and skills that I learned in school, and to learn more about organic food industry, I decided to do summer internship at Living Tree Community Foods in Berkeley. It is a very good opportunity to learn and experience firsthand how organic and kosher foods are being processed, packaged, and distributed. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, travelling, photography, blogging, and exploring new cuisines.
Hi, I'm Shierly!
My name is Tina Yonas and I am a recent graduate from UC Riverside, where I recieved a Bachelors in Film and Philosophy. Last summer, during a two month solo backpacking trip through South East Asia, I looked for a farm or garden I could work with to utilize the skills I learned in a Permaculture Design Course at Panya Project in Northern Thailand. Where I landed was the wonderful island of Koh Samui, where i worked on a beach front garden that belonged to the owners of Thai Organic Life. There I was immersed in a raw food lifestyle that included green juice every morning and a diverse spread of meals through out the day with all the organic durian and mangosteen I could eat. Immediately I found a profound improvement in every level of my being. Since that experience I began to pursue making raw chocolate truffles, which I also learned during my time in Koh Samui. I quickly found out that I’m not ready for production and decided to take an internship with Living Tree Community Foods to understand what it takes to build a thriving company with quality products, and have been enjoying every aspect of my experience here learning sales, production, and marketing.
Hi, I'm Tina!
My name is Elisa Elkind and I am currently a senior at UC Berkeley. I will graduate in May 2011 with a BA in Legal Studies and a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. During my last semester as an undergraduate I wanted to supplement my academic pursuits with a more hands-on educational experience, and I have found just what I was looking for at Living Tree Community Foods. My love of food was ignited when I began cooking dinner for my co-op house as a sophomore. I still cook for my co-op, and have furthered my knowledge and interest in food and food systems through UC Berkeley classes like Agroecology and Human Food Practices. Upon graduation I am interested in a food or nutrition related career and am so excited to now be learning about the organic food industry firsthand, through a variety of sales and research-oriented projects at Living Tree. Besides school, cooking, and work, I also enjoy healthy exercise, quilting, reading, and traveling!
Hi, I'm Elisa!
My name is Kate Skalak,
I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University finishing
with a B.A in mass communications and minors in speech
and food science. I moved to Berkeley at the begaining
of June to start my internship here at Living Tree Community
Foods to work on the marketing and sales in the southern
U.S region, Canada and the kosher market. When finishing
up my internship here I will then move on to post-graduate
school at Kingston University in London, England. I will
be completing my masters in marketing, specalizing in
Hi, I'm Kate!
In my free time I enjoy playing sports (basketball, running,
wakeboarding etc), cooking, working out, socalizing and
listening to music. I personally live by a vegetarian
lifestyle and highly enjoy visiting the farmers markets
as many times a week as possible.
I’m Maddy Gale from Hendersonville,
NC. I’m going to be a senior at Pitzer College in
Claremont, CA where I’m studying media studies.
I just returned from a semester abroad in Botswana where
I lived for 4 months with host families and had various
internships while studying the Setswana language and culture.
I’m in Berkeley for the summer and interning at
Living Tree Community Foods to learn about marketing and
sales and am currently working with the kosher market.
In my free time I enjoy biking, yoga, hiking, and reading.
Hi, I'm Maddy!
Hi, I am Puspa Khadka from Nepal. I had come to United States to do MBA in International Business. On the process of my study I need to do internship. I found Living Tree Community Foods which provide me opportunity to learn and diversify my theoretical knowledge into practical business life. I learned lots of thing about business. It's my pleasure to be an intern in Living Tree Community Foods. I want to thank to Jesse Schwartz as well as all my co-workers for their kind coordination and cooperation.
Hi, I'm Puspa!
Internships at Living Tree University
Our internships are primarily for those
considering a career in the organic food industry. We offer
first hand experience in sales, marketing, administration
and production. You'll have an opportnity to do things like
contacting buyers in natural food stores, making almond butter
and creating Black Sesame Truffles!
At the same time, we will introduce you to our Living Tree
approach to live food and physical fitness, intellectual inquiry
and contemplation. As we see it, vigorous daily exercise is
an inseparable part of a live food diet, inquiry is part of
our responsibility to understand the world in which we live
and contemplation helps to bring it all together. For details,
Your resources will include the research
libraries at the nearby University of California- a treasure
trove for early California history. What better place could
there be for contemplation than Yosemite National Park, "the
incomparable valley" as John Muir put it and one of the
most inspiring places on earth. Furthermore, the Bay Area
is the dance capital of the world, a great place to work on
your mind-body connection.
Most important at Living Tree Community
Foods, Inc. you'll have a supportive staff devoted to your
evolution. You'll be treated with kindness and respect.
Terms and Conditions:
- There are no fees nor tuition.
- We ask that you commit to a minimum
of 15 weeks.
During the morning and early afternoon you'll be engaged
in marketing, sales, production and distribution of organic
food. You'll learn the structure of the markets for organic
food. You'll also learn the art of negotiating sales with
professional buyers. In the afternoon and evening you'll
work on one of the research projects outlined below.
- We do not pay a wage or stipend. You'll
have to provide for your own expenses including room and
Finding shared housing in Berkeley should not be too difficult.
Suggest that you try craigslist.com to gain a concept of
- Classes are ongoing. You can start anytime.
- You'll be given every encouragement
and support in following a live food diet.
- We expect you to balance your intellectual
work with vigorous exercise each day. On the UC Berkeley
campus are magnificent gymnastic facilities that you can
use for a moderate fee. Circumstances permitting, you'll
be welcome to join us for backpacking and cross-country
- If you'd like to explore this
possibility, we suggest that you send
us an email introducing yourself and explaining why
you'd like to work and study with us. Also please include
In our view learning is not a head trip; rather the only way to understand a point of view is by a sort of intellectual sympathy, i.e. to impersonate it. No view can be grasped from without. To appreciate it truly, one must insert oneself inside it and reproduce by an act of sympathetic imagination its intrinsic nature, to understand it from within. Thus a student is like a dramatist or actor who must identify himself with the character he is portraying. For him the world is but a stage, and he must strive to be able to impersonate in rapid succession heterogeneous moods, passions and attitudes with apparent seriousness and sincerity. Then, the play being over, from behind his mask, his laughing countenance is suddenly visible. For example, to an outside critic, junk foodism is obviously not the junk foodism of a junk food eater. We must see junk foodism through the eyes of a junk food eater to understand its intrinsic character. For a non-junk food eater, an experiment of this sort requires involves superb histronic art. Yet such histronic art is requisite for the portrayal from its own center of any point of view foreign to our own. Once we understand junk foodism, we can uncover its antitheses of ideas and aberrations of beliefs, to kindle "thoughtful laughter" at the sight of folly so everlastingly rampant.
Matriculate then when you come to the realization that everything human is subject to folly and that life is a perpetual comedy. Graduate when you have become the wholehearted and charismatic individual you were meant to be.
Jesse Schwartz, Ph.D.,
Living Tree Community Foods, Inc.