For Months Our Family has been Keeping Private Some Pain.

For months our family has been keeping private some pain. In gratitude, I want to share here, with the “hive mind” of Facebook and the internet, parts of a private message I shared with my family today.
In the night after the 2014 New Year arrived, I felt the strongest impression to write a letter, addressed to each of my six step-daughters and son-in-laws. Charmayne and I have had a very happy life in the past few years. But as the New Year arrived, I felt clearly “given to know” that that was about to change. I wrote the letter that follows, and over the next few weeks my wife and I discussed it. We decided to prepare ourselves, but not to share the letter with the kids at that time. Today, it feels clear to me that now is the time to share this letter. Here is what I wrote:

January 1, 2014

Dear Phronsie & John, Cassie, Mysti & Manny, Chelsie & Johnny, Amberlee & Rob, and Ariel & Trent,

I have something pressing on my mind. This letter is important to me.
When I married Charmayne, I had to figure out for myself how to fit into a family that had existed long before our marriage. Today, our family is stronger than it has ever been. But our family is changing, and so is the world. We are going to need each other more in 2014 than ever before. We are going to be called on to help each other. The world is going to continue to darken. We will need one another.
Defining a family is hard when a family is simple. Our family is not simple :) Each of you has a father, a mother, a Caleb, a Lorien. There are in-laws, religion, politics. I cleaned up Ariel’s throw-up in the middle of the night when she was a child, and helped Amberlee with her middle-school homework. Others of you were moved away to college by the time I showed up.
To me, there is no “step” between me and my grandchildren. I won’t have biological children. What a thrill it has been to have a role with these six grandkids.
Let me share a personal story.
When Xander was about three, he found in my truck a copy of Madonna’s “Erotica” album. The cover shows a man sucking Madonna’s toe. Xander looks it over and says simply, “Why is this man sucking on her toe?”
When we got home, I threw it in the outside trash can, with other things from a former life. I realized why I needed to change. I did not want to be responsible for introducing that morality to Xander.
Change is the purpose of life. All of us are working hard to be better people. At the end of life, only two things matter. 1) Were you honest? 2) Did you do good, or do harm, to those around you?
We have six and soon seven young people (and eventually many more) who will one day want to know, and deserve to know, the facts about some of the “questions” that accompany our complex family. We have three divorces to account for. Two of us stole cars before we had licenses. We have smokers in the extended family, drinkers, we have a marriage in the temple and many more out of the temple. We have Mormons, non-Mormons, and former Mormons. We have had drugs and pornography. We have diversity of race, religion, and politics. We have an ancestor who was a dance hall girl, another who shot someone. We have a Salem witch -- my personal favorite :)
Each of us has made decisions that will need and deserve to be explained one day to the rising generation. More importantly, all of us are changing.
I mention this as preamble to this question: As a family, what are we?
Are we a “broken” family? A “blended” family? The “remains” of a family following divorce?
I want to be clear that Charmayne and I did not know each other during our divorces but we were lucky to meet each other soon after. However we got to be “family” matters less than the fact that we are family. We need to circle around Xander, Conrad, Dominick, Ada, Zack, Cora, and Lott child #1, as well as those coming. Around each other, all the adults, too. The world is dark.
Each of us has known grief. Some of us have caused grief. I have my own knowledge of remorse and pain. I try now to prevent grief, not cause it. Can I make some suggestions?

-- Don’t keep secrets from your spouse. Secrets always come to light as grief. We have seen this in our family. We can choose to never see it again.

-- Our actions affect the people around us. We can lift or wound. Think, then act.

-- We are human and sometimes we will wound each other. Let’s forgive and be peaceable.

-- Where do you get advice? When a decision is important, talk. Husband and wife. Daughter and mother. You will make better decisions -- have fewer regrets -- if you talk to your loved one.

-- The little kids are watching, listening, and learning. We need to show these little kids how to be good people.

-- Figure out discernment, and use it. Study it. It means to develop strong judgement skills -- what is right, what is wrong, when to act, intervene, speak, spend, scold, or wait. We have seen examples, even recently, of people in our family who felt a decision was wrong and said and did nothing, only to regret it later. When you feel something is wrong -- take action!

-- Get out of debt. Financial turmoil is coming. Get out of debt. Get out of debt.

-- To the six girls -- never keep a secret from your mother. She is your best protection against the world. She has earned wisdom. How she prays for you! You have no idea how powerful her prayers are, and how often they are answered. Whatever your problems may be, talk to her.

-- Finally, forgive. Create peace. I’ve had run-ins with some of you. I’m sorry. I apologize. I am changing, Thank you for letting me change. Let us be peaceable and happy.

Charmayne and I are here to help. Let’s circle around each other. We love you.

Love, Caleb

So, today is July 13, 2014. Very soon after I wrote this Jan. 1 letter, we learned that Lott Baby #1 was in dire straits. No amniotic fluid was being produced. Experts said the baby had no kidneys. We were told to prepare for the baby to soon die in the womb. We were told the baby’s heart was severely enlarged. We contacted a funeral home about buying an infant casket, and discussed where to bury the baby. Dark days. Many, many tears. The little kids, who were so excited about Ariel’s baby, had to be told they were never going to be see the baby alive. More tears and difficult questions.
We had a family fast and we specifically did not try to counsel the Lord, but prayed for counsel, and for the Lord’s will to be done. We made clear that we hoped for a happy, healthy baby, and asked that we would be comforted. And we were.
Since the day of that fast, there has been nothing but good news for the baby.
Suddenly the baby had kidneys. The heart enlargement vanished. Amniotic fluid filled the womb. This morning Ariel delivered her baby, as yet to be named. How thrilling to seeing the baby breathing, crying, and eating in the hospital today! The word miracle is almost never used in its correct spiritual sense in 2014, but can we deny we have been given a miracle today?
Our prayers have been heard and answered.
Not all the darkness has been drained from our lives, but light has prevailed today, as it will in the end. I have personal spiritual work to do. We all do.
The suggestions I included in my Jan. 1 letter are more relevant today than they were seven months ago. Today I invite our family to ponder what I wrote in January, and what it means today. After meeting Ariel and Trent’s baby, do we need any more evidence of where to turn for light? 
Be slow to doubt what has happened today. Be slow to doubt that prayers have been answered by a living God.
This will not be our last darkness. There is clear and present darkness brewing on the horizon surrounding our family which need not be named in public. Let me suggest anew -- no secrets from spouses, or your mother. Lift, don’t wound. Forgive. Examine the advice you seek and take. Ask yourself who inspired your thoughts. Show the little kids the light, not the dark. Eschew debt. Study discernment. Decide to be accountable. Do not lie to yourself. Choose the light. I am working to change. We all can change. And be grateful for what we have been given.

Love, Caleb

From My July Garden :)

An animation of echinacea being pollinated.


Egyptian Walking Onions set bulbs at the top of the plant.

Corn :)

Dwarf Blue Siberian Kale, which self-seeds and produces two crops a year. Seed at SeedRenaissance.com. 


 Raspberries are in season!
Today I have been harvesting the winter wheat.  

Medicinal yarrow.

  Fragrant roses. 

The summer apples are ripe.

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Blackberries in bloom. 

Vernal Red Orach going to seed.

Rare white strawberries. 


 Medicinal calendula.

Cilantro in bloom. 

Lettuce starting to flower.


Pioneer Pink Eye Beans in flower.

Straw-method potatoes.

Medicinal comfrey.

Perennial Tripled Wheat tillering itself out beautifully :)

My 25 Planets Have Aligned

So, big news, again :)

On Monday night as we stayed up to watch the eclipse of the blood moon (the alignment of sun, moon, and earth) my wife and I were also celebrating a rare day of our own. I have signed a contract with a new publisher for 25 new books. This is the culmination of an idea I have been working on for more than a year. “Books” in this case is a bit of a misnomer, because what me and Familius Publishing are doing is creating an imprint of natural living guides, tentatively titled “Backyard Renaissance Guides”. These will be booklets that focus deeply on a single topic, such as thermal oven baking, Swedish yogurt making, no-till gardening, etc. I am so excited (!). The intention is to grow this line into several hundred books in the coming years, all authored or co-authored by me.

I will also be doing a full-scale stevia cookbook with Familius. In addition, the publisher will be creating a mobile app of Backyard Renaissance content. The new contract is extremely fair to me -- the publisher gave me every single thing I asked for. This is the stuff of dreams.

All added up, I have seven more manuscripts due before December. My company, SeedRenaissance.com, has grown tremendously. And I will soon begin giving live nationwide classes. All of this will require my full-time attention. Because of this, on Monday I resigned my position at the Provo Daily Herald. I have loved being a journalist. But newspapers are on an uncharted course, and my future is at SeedRenaissance.com and Familius Publishing. I already miss writing for the newspaper. What a ride!

Huge thanks to my wife for believing in me. And to all of you, my readers and students. My goal is to be a useful person. Thank you for making this possible for me and my family. -Caleb


Edible weedkiller, lotion bars, seed potatoes



Hello all :)
This is Caleb Warnock, “Forgotten Skills/ Natural
Yeast author and owner of SeedRenaissance.
Thank you for being on my email list. New this
month: cucumber seed and more culinary
herbs, including lime basil, cinnamon basil,
sweet mace, and more!

Four things this month:

1. Many of you have purchased my edible
homemade weedkiller recipe. I’m excited
to offer a new, improved version,
which you can get for free if you ordered the
original recipe. For full details, please visit
2. After the “Forgotten Skills” class last month,
many of you asked me to start carrying Amberlee’s
fantastic all-natural lotion bars, and so I have. You
can find them by clicking here.

3. Many, many of you have asked me to get
Mountain Rose seed potatoes -- the fastest-maturing
potato I have been able to find. These are red on the
inside, and stay red when cooked. Delicious,
medium-sized potatoes. These are hard to find, and
I sell them at the lowest price in the nation: 2.5 pounds
for $16 including shipping, or $10 for 2.5 pounds pick-up.

4. Finally, THE BIG NEWS :) At last, me and Melissa
Richardson, my Baking With Natural Yeast co-author,
get to make our big announcement! Based on the
fantastic results of their own patients and even staff,
Dr. Diane Farley-Jones and her team at the Alpine Clinic
in Utah are working on a clinical trial of the ability of
natural yeast to stop gluten intolerance in its tracks!!
We know what the results will be, and so do thousands
of you from experience, but we are so excited to have a
clinical trial to bring more attention to this important
natural food! If you are in the West, you can hear from
clinic staff directly, and much more, at our
Natural Yeast & Grains for Health Summit on May 3.
We expect this to sell out. Tickets are first-come, first-serve.
For full information, visit

Thanks! -Caleb

Natural Yeast & Grains for Health Summit


Natural Yeast & Grains for Health Summit
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, Highland Community Center, 5378 W. 10400 N. Highland, Utah


Seating is LIMITED. WE EXPECT THIS CLASS TO SELL OUT.
$39 admit one OR $49 admit two through April 25 ($99 admit one after April 25)


8:30 Welcome and registration check-in


9-9:15 Creating a Natural Yeast Start from Nature:
Caleb will teach you how to create a natural yeast start for bread-rising using only what is available in the back yard. Students will go home with the materials needed to start their own yeast from scratch!


9:15-9:30 The Water Secret
Caleb will teach you a simple trick for making your yeast happier, healthier, and most importantly, more vigorous by changing the way you use water with your natural yeast starter -- and what it means for our health the rest of the time too.


9:30-9:45 How to Keep a Starter in the Fridge:
Melissa will teach you how to convert your starter to living in the fridge, the benefits of keeping a cold start, how to tell if your cold start conversion is successful, how to use a cold start for baking, and more.


9:45-10 Help! My Yeast Doesn’t Double!
Concerned because your yeast is not doubling, either on the counter or in the fridge? Melissa will teach you a simple secret for knowing when your yeast is perfect for baking -- and when it needs more time. Melissa will demonstrate how to feed natural yeast at home.


10-10:15 The Health Benefits of Natural Yeast
Believe it! Caleb will tell you how natural yeast can help you lose weight, get rid of your acid reflux forever, heal your gluten intolerance, create probiotic and prebiotic health in your gut, and smooth spikes in your glycemic index.


10:15-10:30 Simple and Fluffy Bread, Rolls & Cinnamon Rolls Using a Thermal Oven
Thermal ovening is a simple technique for raising bread that requires no fuel or electricity and makes a HUGE difference in the way natural yeast bread rises. Thermal ovens have been practiced for centuries!


10:30-10:45 BREAK


10:45-11 Gluten-free Doesn’t Mean Harmless
Melissa and Caleb will tell you about the hidden dangers of the gluten-free diet, including short-term and long-term consequences that are little discussed about the current gluten-free fad.


11-11:30 Natural Yeast as a Phytic Acid Fighter
Melissa will teach us how phytic acid harms our health when grains are not prepared properly for eating, and how natural yeast is Mother Nature’s answer for neutralizing phytic acid to make wheat, oats, and other grains healthy and not harmful.


11:30-11:45 Spelt, Teff & Buckwheat
Melissa will teach us why she is so passionate about using a variety of grains in her family’s diet, and she will introduce us to a variety of grains that are little used in the U.S. but are super healthy and delicious.


11:45-Noon How to Make Bread With Natural Yeast
Melissa and Caleb will demonstrate how to make bread using natural yeast.


Noon-12:45 LUNCH, MIX AND MINGLE, BOOK SIGNING


12:45-1:30 Why I Recommend Natural Yeast to My Patients
Dr. McClean is a chiropractor who began teaching the benefits of Natural Yeast to patients and community members with his wife several years ago. He found in his practice that if structural adjustments were not working in his patients, the problem was usually dietary. He utilizes natural yeast fermentation of a variation of grains in his treatment of these patients. Dr. McClean will share with us what he has learned about how consuming unprepared grains affects the human body through his own research and treatment of patients in his practice.


1:30-2:15 Natural Yeast Testing at Alpine Clinic
Natural Yeast Testing at Alpine Clinic Patty Jake is the Health Coach and Lifestyle Educator at Dr. Diane Farley Jones’ Alpine Medical Clinic in Highland. She will tell us the exciting news about the protocol and informal clinic study that Dr. Farley-Jones is developing for natural yeast after seeing testing and results from Patty herself and other patients. Patty will talk about the importance of natural yeast in nutrition and frankly discuss the full spectrum of results seen at the clinic

2:15-3:15 Question & Answer Panel -- Ask your questions to Dr. McClean, Patty, Melissa or Caleb!

Caleb Warnock’s NEW, IMPROVED Guaranteed Edible Weed Killer



Caleb Warnock’s NEW, IMPROVED Guaranteed Edible Weed Killer


This new recipe replaces the old recipe because it is much faster, cheaper, easier both to make and to apply, and guaranteed to kill ANY weed. If you purchased the old recipe, you can get the new, improved recipe for free by emailing calebwarnock@yahoo.com with the words “I bought the old recipe” in the subject line of your email. If you request this free copy, you are on your honor that you have purchased the original. If you want the weedkiller recipe and have not purchased it before, please go to SeedRenaissance.com.

The Story Of This Recipe
After six years of work, thousands of dollars, hundreds of experiments, and hundreds of hours of testing, I am pleased to announce that I have formulated an entirely edible backyard weedkiller that is guaranteed to kill all backyard weeds -- including the roots -- in one application when applied as directed.

You need only to purchase the recipe once to use it for your lifetime. You can purchase it only at SeedRenaissance.com. My belief is that this recipe has the potential to change the world because with this recipe, I cannot see any reason to use any chemical weedkiller.

My weedkiller:

- Is entirely edible. The recipe doubles as a super-healthy salad dressing, which is how I would suggest you eat it.

- Is THE CHEAPEST weed killer on earth because you only pay for the recipe once ($29) and you get to use it for the rest of your life. If you have been using store-bought weed killers, you will save thousands of dollars by switching to my guaranteed recipe!

- The recipe kills ALL WEEDS in one application when applied as directed. No need to email me to ask about a certain weed. The answer is yes, this recipe will kill your weed.

- My recipe is guaranteed safe for pets, bees and insects so long as you don’t apply it directly on them.

- My recipe is safe and even beneficial for garden soil.

- This recipe is safe for use around children, and safe for the person applying the weedkiller (except that you could hurt your eyes if you got it directly in your eyes. Do not get the formula in your eyes. If you have an open cut or wound, the recipe will sting you if you get the weed killer in the wound.)

- Where I live, the ingredients, when purchased at a grocery store, cost about $3 per gallon to make at home.

- My recipe is all natural and can be 100 percent organic, depending on the quality of ingredients you choose. It is possible to grow or make at home every single ingredient in this recipe.

- Like all commercial weedkillers, my recipe works best when weeds are young. It will kill weeds of any age, but it will take more time, effort, and a larger amount of the formula to kill older, larger weeds. I strongly suggest you begin applying this weedkiller recipe as soon as weeds begin to appear in March, April, and May. It is much easier and faster to kill small weeds than to take the time to eradicate mature weeds.

- The weedkiller takes less than five minutes to make. You will need a blender.

- To apply the weedkiller, you will need one of two inexpensive tools, costing about $5. You will be able to use these tools over and over again, and you likely already have these tools.

- My weedkiller recipe will also kill vegetables, flowers and shrubs if applied directly on them. Apply only to plants you wish to kill. This weedkiller will also kill insects if applied directly on them. This recipe may kill trees and berry bushes. I haven’t tried it on trees.

My recipe is guaranteed to work with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Money back must be requested within 30 days of purchase date via email to calebwarnock@yahoo.com. Money-back requests made after 30 days will be denied.


By purchasing this recipe, you have agreed to the following:
“By purchasing this recipe, I hereby agree never to publish or make public the recipe for Caleb Warnock’s Guaranteed Edible Weed Killer in any way, by any medium including but not limited to verbally sharing the recipe or distributing the recipe via electronic and/or print media, including to family and friends who do not live in my immediate household. I agree to the above stated terms even if I request and receive my money back, or even if I request but do not receive my money back. I agree that, should I request and receive my money back, I will never again use the recipe, nor publish it or make it public in any form.”

Enjoy! Let’s create a renaissance of health, happiness, and self-reliance in our backyards to benefit our health and well-being, for us, the kids, and grandkids! If you need seeds, please visit SeedRenaissance.com. -Caleb :)