Discover Our Practical, Hands-on Solutions For Beyond-Sustainable Change For Yourself, Your Neighbours, Your Community, And The World! 

Climate change. Tar sands. GMOs. Massive drought. Faced with world-threatening issues like these, many people numb out in hopeless overwhelm.

But we're guessing that - since you've landed here - you're among the stubbornly hopeful tribe of practical dreamers who are looking for effective, do-it-yourself solutions. Real-world solutions that start right here, right now, to create a more sustainable home, resilient community and healthy ecosystem.

Maybe you’re looking to cut your energy use and invest in solar or wind power. Maybe you're imagining what it would be like to keep backyard chickens, start composting your kitchen scraps or grow healthy food on your front lawn (or a year-round garden in your passive solar greenhouse). Maybe you’ve even got ambitions of reducing water consumption, or living in an off-the-grid strawbale house!  

If you've ever asked, "How can I create a sustainable livelihood doing something for the earth, something I love?" -- or "How can I set up a small-scale farm?" -- or "How can I harvest water or stop erosion?"  or even just "What is permaculture?" -- you’re in the right place.

Verge Permaculture provides the answers you’re looking for: practical answers based on the idea that humans and nature can work together. As engineers and long-time permaculturists, we’ve been transforming our inner-city Calgary house into a permaculture demonstration site since 2009. We’ve asked and found answers to many of your questions. We’ve travelled the world to learn about - and implement - renewable energy design, sustainable agriculture, landscape re-hydration, food forests, and wastewater treatment with some of the best known experts.

And we’re passionate about giving you the tools you need to create positive, sustainable change in your life and your community. Tools like…

  1. Tons of free resources – articles, videos, and our irresistible blog
  2. Exciting, affordable courses taught by us and our favourite internationally-known permaculture experts 
  3. Design and consulting services - in-person and by-the-phone


We provide solid, proven, real-world theory combined with hands-on, dirt-under-the-fingernails training. Training that you can put to use right away in your own home or garden to feed your family or to create a sustainable income. Training that puts the power for change in your hands…

Browse our site, check out our blog, videos, sign up for our newsletter, meet our team…and discover just how you can create positive, sustainable change for yourself and your community!

Rob & Michelle Avis

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