Aquaponic Garden Photos

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2015 Aquaponics class. Here are the photos I promised :)

Here is Logan's vertical aquaponic garden -- amazing!

Another view of Logan's long aquaponic beds :)

Aquaponic Gardening For Any Budget

9am to noon Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Alpine City Hall, 20 North Main Street
$14 admit one ($29 after noon Feb. 20)
$20 admit two ($59 after noon Feb. 20)
TO REGISTER: Go to and click on “classes” or go to

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
  • The aquaponic starter garden
  • Aquaponics in the first year
  • Choosing fish
  • The No-Till Aquaponic Vegetable Growing Bed
  • Overwintering fish
  • Using bell syphons
  • Designing the drain system
  • Warning signs, common problems and solutions
  • Design options
  • To pump or not to pum
  • Aquaponic vertical gardens
  • Aquaponics and chickens

Winter Greenhouse Gardening class, natural yeast questions

Hello all,
I am starting a natural yeast question and answer forum at -- if you have a question about natural yeast that you would like answered, please email the question to or go to the 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.)

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 and click on “classes”
or go to

In this class you will learn:
  • 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!
  • venting options,
  • polycarbonate,
  • the candle mistake,
  • winter tomatoes,
  • nutrient recycling,
  • self-sufficient watering,
  • seed-starting in January,
  • variety testing,
  • 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, including:

Broad Windsor Fava beans
Winter Density lettuce
Michihili Chinese cabbage
Komatsuna winter salad greens
Cascadia Peas
Chioggia beets
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 Watch a video tour of Caleb’s January winter garden and greenhouse by typing “youtube Caleb Warnock” into google -- see you in class!

"Most of All, Beware This Boy"

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.



...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. 
Merry Christmas. :) -- Caleb

Paul, the Spitting Image

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. 

Today was Harvest Day at Our House (Nov. 12 2014)


A boxful of carrots, parsnips, beets and a random potato :)

 Ada helping me pack the carrots

First we filled a couple boxes with loose, cheap sawdust.

Then we "planted" the carrots in it, and watered until damp.

We did this now, on Nov. 12, because the ground is going to start freezing this week, so it was time to either dig the carrots or cover them. Because I am doing a major garden renovation this fall, I needed to move the carrots out of the garden instead of covering them. Theses boxes have now been moved to shelves in the garage, where we can pop down and "shop" as needed all winter :) 

Also in our garage "store" is a wheel barrel full of pumpkins and squash.

And a huge bag full of onions from the garden. So we should have good eating all winter, until it is time to start harvesting the greenhouse carrots, beets, and onions in springtime, as well as the springtime outdoor perennial onions. You can see all our vegetable varieties at Happy winter!

A New GMO Potato

A new genetically modified potato has been approved for use in the U.S. by the USDA. 
Since the first GMO potato failed at market, this time they cleverly use fearmongering, saying it is GMO for public safety reasons, because potatoes are so dangerous. Very clever way to get another GMO approved so that another vegetable can be removed from the public domain. And this:
"Potatoes are the latest genetically engineered crop to get approval in the United States. Others include corn, soybeans, alfalfa, canola, sugar beets, certain types of yellow squash and zucchini."
And this: "The nonbruising characteristic of the Innate potato is similar to that of genetically engineered nonbrowning apples, which have not yet been approved for commercial growing by the Department of Agriculture."

Here is the full NYTimes article:

Hands-on Herbal Medicine

Tincture and herbs from Caleb's garden

Hands-on Herbal Medicine
Instructor: Caleb Warnock
$39 per person
6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 30 at Real Foods Market, 420 West 800 North Orem, Utah
Advance registration required. To register, call (801) 224-0585.

Students will take home medicinal herbs, provided by Caleb. Learn herbal treatment for coughs, colds, hives, sinus infections, asthma, flu, viral infection, bacterial infection, and more, including:
- medicinal preparations for immediate use
- medicinal preparations for later use
- apothecary combinations
- apothecary tools: flat pestle, tuning fork, creating troche for children and adults
- no-nonsense cautions and limitations: When is herbal medicine appropriate, when is it not?
-Each student will take home a guide booklet. You will learn how to use each of the following organic herbs:

- calendula
- hyssop
- horehound
- German chamomile
- yarrow
- echinacea root
- mallow root
- mullein
- pine
- oregano
- plantain and more.

Books by Caleb Warnock

Making a Homemade Thermal Oven

Because of my speeches, demonstrations, and classes, many of you have asked me for information about how to make a homemade thermal oven that will do both small and large batches of homemade natural yeast bread or rolls.

Making or purchasing a thermal oven (no electricity or gas) allows you to raise one loaf of bread or more, up to ten loaves! Or 48 cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls. Or make homemade yogurt, cook thousands of recipes for dinner or lunch, or you can use your thermal oven as a chiller or travel freezer. Use it everyday, in emergencies, for preparedness, or for traveling.

Modern Use, Ancient Technology
A thermal oven is the cheapest, fastest, easiest and most reliable way to raise bread dough using natural yeast. Thermal ovens are the way bread dough had been raised for centuries! In fact, the word “oven” is a misnomer because thermal ovens also act as freezers and coolers, as you will see in a moment.

The basic concept of thermal oven cooking, chilling, or bread-dough raising is to trap heat. Centuries ago, thermal cooking was done by heating a pan over a fire and then wrapping the pan overnight in a feather or straw mattress. The mattress retained the heat, allowing the food to cook away from the fire once the pan was heated.

There are endless ways to design a modern thermal cooker, but I have created a booklet that will introduce you to Caleb Warnock’s Thermal Dough Proofer, which is the only design which allows you to inexpensively create a homemade thermal oven that will proof one loaf, two loaves, up to eight loaves of bread at one time, or two trays of cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls! This design was born of necessity. There is nothing else like it available! So I had to invent it :) It costs less than $20 to make, as of this writing.

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So, How’s that Whole Killing-Your-Children Thing Going Today?

Hello America. Brace yourselves to be cussed out.

As parents and grandparents, we have a few clear-cut duties. One of them is to know the answer to this question: “My child is mostly likely to die of what?”

The medical condition that is most likely to torture and then kill you and your children as you age is Type 2 Diabetes. This clear and present danger is ignored at your peril.

The way to prevent Type 2 Diabetes is with fiber -- vegetables and naturally prepared grains.

"My husband doesn't like vegetables," you will whinge as you turn away. "Natural yeast might be hard. I'm busy."

Oh! Why didn't you say so earlier?! Run off on your merry way to the prepackaged foods aisle, then, little poppet. You are absolved of personal responsibility, and no natural consequences will hound you.


Aligning ourselves with reality, we have to admit that Americans are not likely to give up sugar, white flour, and soda, which are causing this plague. Even cutting down is difficult -- every office in this country is flooded with donuts and treats. There is more shelf space dedicated to candy and soda in your local grocery store than there is space for fresh vegetables -- by far. Why? Because the stores give space to what people want to buy.

Type 2 Diabetes is why today’s children are expected to be the first generation in history with a shorter lifespan than their parents -- read that twice.

We are choosing this disease. We are voting with our mouths.

Shockingly few Americans have any knowledge of how to stop the disease that is doing the most harm to our own children. Fiber is the answer.

Starches (white flour, rice, potatoes) are digested by the body exactly like sugar, meaning they spike the body’s glycemic index exactly like sugar. Over years, spikes in the glycemic index destroy the ability of our pancreas to produce insulin. The body must produce insulin to digest glucose (sugar).

Fiber slows the body’s digestion. Fiber is prebiotic, meaning it is the place where the good and necessary probiotic bacteria and fungi in our bodies live. Without both soluble and insoluble fiber, natural probiotics (bacteria and fungi) cannot colonize in our guts. Without fiber, our digestive system struggles and slowly breaks down. Our weakened bodies then become victim to all manner of auto-immune deficiencies which are normally staved off by healthy people. (For most people, being genetically predisposed to an autoimmune disorder simply means you will get the disease only if you are not healthy).

Making matters worse, we use “shock and awe” antibiotics which kill both what is bad for us and what is good for us -- and then we do not replenish our natural probiotics with cultured foods. In addition, when we do bother to put down our sodas to drink a glass of water, our water is chlorinated. Chlorine is put in water to kill flora and fauna. It does the same thing in our bodies. If you have any doubt about this, you can grow natural yeast side-by-side in purified water and tap water and see the difference for yourself.

To recap, a healthy gut is a busy metropolis of beneficial probiotic bacteria and fungi thriving on prebiotic soluble and insoluble fiber. Sugars, protein and carbohydrates are digested slowly, making us feel full while allowing the body to take what it needs. Because we digest slowly, there are no glycemic spikes. Our pancreas functions normally throughout life. We do not get Type 2 Diabetes. We are happy, healthy, and not morbidly obese. (Caution: Skinny people get Type 2 Diabetes at exactly the rate of fat people. It’s all about the gut. You can run 10 miles every day and still get Type 2 Diabetes.)

Our guts are not healthy. This is proven by the huge surge in Type 2 Diabetes.

Our guts are ghost towns. There are few good bacteria and yeasts, and little fiber for them to call home. Our fake-food diets move through us fast, not slow. This causes us to feel hungry instead of full, which in turn causes us to eat more fake food. We scorch our empty gut with glycemic-spiking sugar and starches, chlorinated water, and antibiotics. Then we develop Type 2 Diabetes, suffer, and die early.

Odds are, this is your future.

This is what awaits our children.

Vegetables can stop all this. Raw, cooked and cultured, vegetables are the answer.  Grains prepared with natural yeast are the answer.

Now that you know the answer, there is just one question left -- will you be like most people and decide not to change your vote (by mouth) until after you or someone you love has been diagnosed? Or will you change now, so the diagnoses never appears and you and your children live happily ever after?

Vegetables and natural yeast. Or Type 2 Diabetes. Truth is easy. Truth is simple.