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Verge Permaculture is about Permaculture Design. We don't just talk about Permaculture, we actually live it! In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled their engineering careers to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. They are now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/
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  • Permaculture Design
  • Random conversations
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Permaculture and Water
  • Creating Gaia's Garden with Toby Hemenway
  • Growing Good Business Interview Series
  • Climate Crisis
  • Weeds and what they tell you
  • Wood Stoves
  • Technology for Permaculture
  • Regenerative Farming
  • Better Gardening With Permaculture
  • Our Food Supply & Food Security
  • Fungi and Permaculture
  • Sustainable Biomass Combustion and Heating
  • Peak Everything
  • Permacuture In Practice: Real World Examples
  • Solar Technology
  • Microgreens
  • Permaculture community
  • Audio Only Episodes
  • Adaptive Habitat Land Design
  • Microclimates
  • Sustainable Home Design Workshop with Chris Magwood
  • YouTube Live sessions
  • Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Tool
  • Ideas on The Verge: A Collaboration bw New Society Publishers and Verge
  • Why Permaculture Based Businesses Fail
  • Why Eat Organic?
  • Everything Gardens
  • Information on diet
  • The Tail End
  • PDC Pattern Videos
  • Permaculture Pattern
  • How Permaculture Changed My Life
  • DIY Land Design Webinar Replay
  • 8 Forms of Capital
  • Adaptive Habitat Land Design Case Studies
  • Permaculture and Diet
  • Videos From Our Students
  • Swales - Urban and Rural
  • Concepts & Themes in Permaculture
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Resilient Homes Acreages and Farms
  • Snow Water Harvesting
  • What You Can You Do About Climate Change? 10 Part Series
  • How To Build an IBC Wicking Bed - DIY
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Passive Solar Greenhouse Design
  • On My Mind Weekly Video Series

Searching for Bill Mollison: Exploring the Tucson swales

Rob and Takota explore the Tucson swales, an “oasis” in the deserts outside of Tucson, created in the dirty 30’s as part of a Federal make work project, and the swales are still functioning today! Take a detailed video tour of this amazing swale, and learn how to maximize available water even in an extremely dry climate. Bill Mollison introduced the swales to us in his "Global Gardner" videos (link below), using them as an example of what can be accomplished to bring life to even the seemingly driest of ecosystems. After the swales were constructed in the 1930's, no maintenance has been done, they have just been left to nature. In this video, Rob and Takota's tour of the horseshoe swale will amaze you with many examples of sustainable biodiversity that the swales have facilitated, then discuss how permaculture principles and concepts of permaculture design could be applied to create even greater abundance in this extremely dry climate! Some topics discussed 2:10 4 eco system processes 8:07 Walking over the swale - vegetation changes 13:41 Takota and Rob discuss their observations of the swale 31:37 Applying the 5 step permaculture process to this dry ecosystem The original “Global Gardener” video by Bill Mollison https://vimeo.com/ondemand/globalga... CCC Swales on Google Maps https://bit.ly/2WWDPkN Civilian Conservation Corps on. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil... About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our drop-dead-gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

The Grocery Story Conspiracy: Why Most Grocers Don't Care About Your Health

Huge grocery chains have significant control over how our food is produced and distributed. They don’t always do what its best for the consumer, but we can counter their influence and ensure safe and healthy food for all. In the years after turn of the 20th century, small local food merchants were replaced by huge grocery chains that took over the food distribution system. In short order, the chain stores controlled or influenced what food was available, where it came from, and what price we paid to feed ourselves.. Needless to say, our health and local economies were not priorities for the big chain stores. In this video rob chats with Jon Steiman, author of “Grocery Story” to learn what we can do about this and how we can work toward a sustainable and just food system. About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our drop-dead-gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it. food security food insecurity geoff lawton environmental science

Permaculture design in action: Calgary's First EcoSolar Tour

This Sunday June 9th, Calgary is hosting its first Ecosolar Tour. The 11 sites on the tour include demonstrations of passive houses, solar thermal, solar PV, heat recovery systems, interesting thermal envelopes in both retrofits as well as new construction, innovating daylighting, rainwater harvesting and food production. We look forward to hosting you at our site, we will have a cob oven and solar cooker going as well as a new batch of baby rabbits to come and see. For more information on the tour go to: http://ecosolar.ca/ #permaculture design, #eco solar About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our drop-dead-gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

Rain garden in a parking lot! Rainwater harvesting by permaculture design

An unlikely place to find a rain garden is in a parking lot, but Rob found just that! Here is a great example of rainwater harvesting in an asphalt urban parking lot that is feeding a thriving rain garden! About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our drop-dead-gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

Resilience & Water Security with Hand Water Pumps by Bison

We rely on electrical pumps for water but what happens when the power goes off for a while? This hand pump system works with your existing well to keep water flowing even with no electricity. The electrical system is fragile and power can be out for hours or days in the event of storms, technical failure, or severe weather events. We need water to survive even if there is no power, and with this hand pump you will always be able to get the water you need from your existing well. It even works in freezing temperatures!! There is even a model for indoor use, or for shallow water sources such as rainwater harvesting systems Bison Pumps’ website: https://www.bisonpumps.com/ About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our drop-dead-gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

Homestead Food Security With American Guinea Hogs

The Guinea hog is a small breed of swine unique to the US. Popular on small farms and modern homesteads all across the US, Guinea hogs are known for their unique flavour, exceptionally tender meat, and fine hams. Their small size and gentle temperament make the guinea hog suitable for smaller properties or homesteads with pasture or wooded areas where they can forage. Take a big step toward homestead food security with American guinea hogs! TOPICS: 1:00 Why Guinea Hogs? 2:01 Pig tries to eat camera 2:57 History of the Guinea Hog 4:18 Adaptability to climate 4:57 Marbling 5:15 Litter size 5:22 Feed 5:36 Experience with other hog breeds 6:00 Who is the perfect fit to raise Guinea Hogs #pigs #guineahogs #motherearthnewsfair For more information on Morther Earth News Fairs: https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com... For more information on the American Guinea Hog Association: https://guineahogs.org/ For more information about Clear Morning Provisions: k/ For more information about the Guinea Hog, go to the Livestock Conservancy at: https://livestockconservancy.org/in... About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/

Rainwater Harvesting: Is Rainwater Safe?

Rainwater harvesting has been used for millennia, by ancient cultures, and today by people living in some of the driest places on earth. Australia and countries in the Middle East encourage rainwater harvesting but in North America, RWH is discouraged or prevented. In today's video, Rob provides detailed information and some valuable tools you can use to safely capture and use rainwater where you live! This video is from a presentation Rob made in Black Diamond AB, a community just south of Calgary. After the presentation is a Q and A session that is well worth watching too! #food security #food insecurity #sustainability #geoff lawton Topic links in this video: 25:02 anatomy of a rain system 26:25 Collection 32:16 Pre-filtration 33:07 Conveyance piping 34:21 Storage 34:40 Microbial infallibility 39:17 Minimize disturbance 41:35 Other processes improving quality 43:27 Tyndallization 46:44 Take Aways 50:12 Question and answer session Follow this link: https://essentialrwh.com • Free tools • Download free samples of Rob & Michelle's book • Purchase "Essential Rainwater Harvesting" Book • and more! Greening the desert” Geoff Lawton https://youtu.be/xgF9BU4uYMU Columbia glacier gone by 2030 retreating video https://youtu.be/jwSjKjwkAOY https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/... Information about the 2013 floods in southern Alberta https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBL... CBC documentary About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

Adaptive Habitat Case Study of Coen Farm + Q&A From Participants (Available for 48hrs)

This webinar was recorded live, with 100 participants on Monday, May 27th. It will be available for viewing here until Thursday, May 30th. ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP? OUR 10 WEEK ONLINE PROGRAM STARTS JUNE 3RD. We guarantee your success with a 100% money-back guarantee. Are you ready to stop cobbling your vision together with a little info from this source and a little from that, and instead commit to working a proven process, with personal guidance and guaranteed results? Our Guided & Guaranteed Program starts on Monday, June 3 and runs until September. Registration is open until Friday, May 31st, at midnight. Go to bed tonight knowing you took the first serious step towards obtaining the sustainable property of your dreams. REGISTER HERE: https://iu359.infusionsoft.app/app/... … IF YOU ARE ON THE FENCE, CONSIDER THIS: - We have skin the game. We’re serious about investing our time and expertise to help you establish a lasting, resilient legacy on your land…and our guarantee is quite simple: if you don’t get results, you get your money back. - This program offers big savings. The price point for the Guided & Guaranteed program is 10% of the cost of our equivalent one-on-one consulting packages. - You’ll get accountability + support over the next 7 months. In addition to an organic farmer and an engineer joining your support team, you’ll (i) be connected to an accountability partner, (2) gain a valuable network of like-minded landowners and (3) get ongoing monthly support from Rob & Takota until the end of 2019! - See & experience real life design & implementation in our bonus Field Day. Join us for a private bonus Field Day on Coen Farm, in Alberta, Canada in August. Come meet us in person and see Adaptive Habitat land design come to life. - Our post-webinar promotion will waive $270 off the payment plan option - note that this offer expires Tuesday, May 28th at midnight. “The course helped me to see our land, our team and our goals more holistically. I have a much deeper understanding of what it will take to be good stewards of our property and our vision. Learning what to focus on next has propelled us forward much faster than I thought possible.” Anaya Lea “Although we knew that we had acquired a good property, this course helped to see the incredible value embodied here. Paradoxically, through a focus on the weakest link, the course helped us to activate that value by focusing on one small part of the overall platform. Through this restrained and disciplined approach to design, the overwhelming became manageable. Rob and Takota take a unique approach to design which is proving very effective.” Audrey Smith “I struggled with information overload as I trawled through Pinterest, YouTube, permies forum looking for ideas. Verge’s approach is very structured and disciplined and the program really helped me overcome that overwhelm.” Jocelyn Yu “I found Rob and Takota extremely helpful, encouraging, and interested in how each student was doing. I particularly enjoyed discussing our weekly assignments with my accountability partners. Overall, I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in property design.” Nick Marianos REGISTER HERE: https://iu359.infusionsoft.app/app/... Looking for our FREE Self-Study Program? Register here: https://www.contourmapgenerator.com
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