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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


Using A Drone In Permaculture Design

June 26th, 2016 by

Until recently, going to google maps, to get a birds eye view of a location was the default option for many Permaculture Practitioners and Consultants, but the main limitation was it could not be relied upon to provide 100% up … Continue reading

Urban Swale Design Level

Urban Swales Part 3: On Levels and Transits

June 10th, 2016 by

In this third video on urban swales, I explain why the level is a key tool in permaculture design and demonstrate its use to ensure that our swales work as intended: Check out Part 1 and 2 of our urban … Continue reading

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