Gardening, Self-Sufficiency, Natural Yeast, Writing -- all the things I'm passionate about!
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OR take the class online. Online class includes workbook, video, powerpoint presentation with photos, and LIVE online tele seminar with Caleb. Online class begins Monday, June 29, 2015.
To register for either class, go to: http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock/classes
Participants will learn step-by-step instructions for harvesting backyard seeds for Carrots, Lettuce, Beets, Peas, Beans, Potatoes, Parsnips, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Corn, including which are best for beginners and why. There will be a hands-on demonstration of how to chaff the various types of seeds, how to know when the seeds are ready to harvest, how to store the seeds, how many plants are needed for true stock, the various isolation methods for seed purity, and you will learn how open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds work and why they are necessary for seed saving. Each student will get hands-on chaffing and seed separating experience, and we will tour Caleb’s garden to see real-life examples of all of the stages of backyard seed production. Each student will go home with a workbook including vegetable-by-vegetable instructions for seed-saving.
Taught by Caleb Warnock and Logan Lyons, a leading expert in aquaponics! Aquaponic gardening is based on nature. In its most simple form, Mother Nature creates a self-sustaining system in which water, fish, and plants combine to help each other. The goal of an aquaponic garden is to mimic nature. There are many advantages:
aquaponic gardens use far less water
need no purchased fertilizer
create naturally rich, sustainable, healthy soil
grow larger, more productive plants, which produce more food
can produce harvestable fish
dramatically reduce the need to weed with no-till methods
provide a peaceful water feature for the garden
bring the joy of having fish to the backyard garden
In this class you will learn:
The natural science of aquaponics
Soils for aquaponic gardening
The all-natural, self-reliant aquaponic water supply
I am starting a natural yeast question and answer forum at SeedRenaissance.com -- if you have a question about natural yeast that you would like answered, please email the question to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the SeedRenaissance.com Facebook page and post your question there. I hope to have a video tutorial available soon as well.
The 2015 Greenhouse Gardening class will be available in Utah and also as an online class! (Online class will include video, a live call-in session with Caleb, and free seed mailed to you.)
GREENHOUSE GARDENING CLASS, TOUR, TASTING & SEEDS
9am to 1pm Jan. 31, Alpine City Hall
20 North Main Street, Alpine, Utah
$39 through Jan. 26 ($55 after Jan. 26)
$58 2-person ($29 per person!) registration through Jan. 26
TO REGISTER: Go to SeedRenaissance.com and click on “classes”
NEW THIS YEAR Many of you have expressed a desire for a cheaper permanent winter greenhouse -- so I designed and built one! I will show you my new solar thermal greenhouse, which I completed this fall and is now full of vegetables. This is a permanent winter greenhouse with a door and room to stand up, and room for a chair inside (I love to spend time in my winter greenhouses) which costs less than $500 to build! This is a GAME CHANGER! This structure can also help you lower your winter heating bill for your house! I will show you all the thermal design principles you must know to build one of your own!
We will also tour my $6,000 geothermal greenhouse, where you will be able to pick fresh from the garden to taste my winter gardening varieties!
We will also tour my backyard cold frames, and backyard winter garden vegetables growing with no, zero, protection!
You will also learn “greenhouse ocean” principle, which is critical for growing success
everything you need to know about how to size your greenhouse correctly -- not as easy as you think!
most importantly, best greenhouse vegetable varieties -- without these, none of it works!
how to design and use a thermal chimney to keep your greenhouse from freezing in winter
how to maximize productivity so you really, truly can feed your family from a small space!
the candle mistake,
seed-starting in January,
what is most useful to grow,
and using a greenhouse for emergency preparedness. At the beginning of class, we will drive about 1.5 miles to tour both of Caleb’s January greenhouses and taste his fresh greenhouse vegetables. As a free bonus, each class member will take home at least $30-worth of greenhouse variety seeds from SeedRenaissance.com, including:
Broad Windsor Fava beans
Winter Density lettuce
Michihili Chinese cabbage
Komatsuna winter salad greens
America Spinach & more!
Caleb Warnock is the nation’s leading expert in winter gardening, and author of the #1
national bestselling book “Backyard Winter Gardening.” He is also the author of “Forgotten
Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers”, “The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast”,
and the owner of SeedRenaissance.com. Watch a video tour of Caleb’s January winter garden and greenhouse by typing “youtube Caleb Warnock” into google -- see you in class!
Last night at 3:30 a.m. I got out of bed and cut my hair as a sign to God and the universe that I was going to keep my schedule today. Walloped with a hellhound virus for a week. I was determined to be at A Christmas Carol with the family, and I was. The piping hot wassail they sold in the lobby kept me going. I bought a second cup for me and Xander at intermission.
I came home and slept in bed with my Sunday shoes still on.
Fearing starvation (the last thing I cooked was on Monday) I went to the store with my wife, and heard my cousin Tracy hail us down in the parking lot as we exited. You know two cousins have gotten chatting when her patient husband, Chick, zooms up in their jaunty sports car and rolls down the window to exclaim, with his trademark grin, "I wondered where my wife was."
If I have been paying attention, occasionally in this life I meet people that I KNOW I knew in the life before. Tracy is one of these.
You might think I'm exercising artistic license. I am not. Tracy, my cousin Joy, my wife Charmayne -- I was with these people before being born into this world.
Speaking of people I knew before this world, sitting in the play today with Xander at my side, here are the words that grabbed me:
“Oh, Man! look here. Look, look, down here!” exclaimed the Ghost.
They were a boy and girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing...
“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased..."
If children learn, it is because we have taught them. In 2014 the world today is filled with children "pinched, twisted, and pulled into shreds" because "Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing."
Plato's Allegory of the Cave proves (!) that some of the things we know existed before this world. Anyone who cannot recognize these things is blind. These are the only things of worth when this world is gone. (With four funerals in three weeks, my family knows something about the word "gone.") How we teach and treat our kids is one of these things.
"THE END OF IT.
...Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!
“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. “The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me." ...He had been sobbing violently in his conflict with the Spirit, and his face was wet with tears.
Today, people mis-remember the meaning of Scrooge as a symbol of someone rich who refused to share. Not at all. Scrooge was a man who, until his fateful day, did not understand what Plato knew.
"He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.
He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!"
If I were gone today, this is what I would have Xander, Conrad, Ada, Dominick, Zach, Cora, Gwen and Ryleigh know.
Today was my Uncle Paul's funeral. Uncle Paul had worldly success, but it is so fascinating that when you die, no one cares about your worldly success. What mattered today was his influence on his family and friends. He embodies the Warnock name -- tall, intelligent, thick hair, strong personality, outsized work ethic, love of learning, and love of playing, especially outdoors. Driven, smart, firm in convictions. I can tell you that many of these traits come straight from Scotland, our ancestral home.
Paul was not my actual uncle, he was my grandfather's youngest brother, but he took on a larger role in my life after my grandpa died because Paul was the spitting image of my grandpa -- his twin, his double. He would walk into the room and me and my cousins would gasp because it looked and felt like Grandpa had come back from the grave. Everyone would cry and hug him. I told him several times that he would have to be my stand-in grandpa, and he indulged all of us. I don't know how to express what it felt like to have my dead grandfather walk into a room, in the form of Uncle Paul -- they looked that much alike. And their voices sounded alike. And Paul was as tall as me (6'4") so getting a hug from him was a special treat.
Aunt Helen has been bedridden for years and we all thought we were waiting for Helen to go, so imagine the shock when Uncle Paul died. My grandpa wore himself out taking care of my bedridden grandmother, and Uncle Paul did the same. Their fidelity to their wives is a bright example to me of the real definition of what it means to love someone.
Uncle Paul embodied the very best of the Warnock family name, and I hope to grow up to be like him. He was a deep thinker, a deep spiritualist, unafraid to ask questions, unafraid to make money and weld influence while passionate about doing good and lifting burdens. He understood Plato's Cave, what is meaningful, and what will eventually crumble to dust without meaning. Today I was reminded so strongly of my great-grandpa Irvin, Paul's father, and great-grandma Lexia and how their influence has come through generations now.
Thank you, Uncle Paul and Aunt Helen. I don't think you know how many people, including me, were quietly watching and studying your example.