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Meet Briana Lyon: Califia ECOdesign

October 4th, 2016 by

Verge Grad Profile: Briana Lyon Founder, Califia ECOdesign, 2011 Verge PDC grad Expertise: Drought tolerant landscaping (Californian native-influenced), food production, habitat restoration, 3D Rendering Briana’s Story: Born and raised in Southern California, Briana found her way to Canada as a … Continue reading

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Meet Andrea Rocchio: Water Harvesting Canada

August 2nd, 2016 by

Verge Grad Profile: Andrea Rocchio Founder, Water Harvesting Canada Graduated from Verge PDC in 2012 Expertise: Rainwater harvesting, greywater harvesting (where allowed) Andrea’s Story: Andrea has always been interested in sustainable building technologies, but it was only after learning about permaculture … Continue reading

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Meet Josh Hellawell: Synergy Permaculture and Urban Farms

July 6th, 2016 by

Verge Grad Profile: Josh Hellawell Founder, Synergy Permaculture Inc. and Synergy Urban Farms Graduated from Verge PDC in 2014 Expertise: Urban Farming, Composting Josh’s Story Agriculture is in Josh’s blood: His mother’s parents were farmers near Grassy Lake while his father’s … Continue reading


Storing Heat Underground in a Geosolar System

June 29th, 2016 by

As an engineer and permaculture designer living in a cold-climate, I am particularly fascinated with the interplay between thermodynamics and design and with capturing “waste” energy and finding novel, inexpensive and efficient ways to store and/or recapture and re-use it. … Continue reading


Urban Swales

June 29th, 2016 by

Last year, we did a series of videos looking at the swale systems on our property and demonstration site. Part one looks at how we’ve combined the featuress of a Hügelkultur system, a wicking bed, and swales to nourish a productive garden that requires very … Continue reading

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