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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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  • Sustainable Development In Practice
  • Herbicides and Pesticides
  • 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

Dryland Permaculture - Prelude To Our Interview With Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster lives in Tucson AZ, on one of the most amazing 1/8th of an acre anywhere! In an area with a metro population of nearly 1 million people, Brad has applied low tech, low cost permaculture design solutions to create an off-grid life, while surrounded by grids and people leading typical lifestyles for this time in a dry, desert climate. Brad harvests rainwater, collect solar power, and much more. Brad’s is an inspiring property, and in this video, Takota & Rob discuss what Brad has created through the lens of their 5 step design process. This is the first of a number of videos that will share Brads ideas and his projects on our channel. Content: 1:34 Raw milk on store shelves! 3:12 Brad Lancaster’s desert home I=overview 4:53 systems approach to permaculture; ties house and people to landscape 5:26 purposely designs systems to make it easy to do the right thing, and hard to do the wrong thing 5:38 How Brad has provided opportunities for his neighbours, and has had an impact on the entire quadrant of the city 7:58 Our five step process for designing properties Free design process tool, generate a contour map of YOUR property: contourmapgenerator.com FREE Google Earth Pro: https://www.google.com/earth/versio... Links to Brad’s sites and books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond: Volume 1 and 2 https://www.harvestingrainwater.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.

Canada's Greenest Home

It doesn’t look different than any modern home, but when you look closer, it is something very special! It is so energy efficient, it makes a small profit on energy, proving that you don’t have to live in a tiny house to have a sustainable home! Chris Magwood and his partner Jen have shown the world what sustainable development can be in a modern home. Built on a conventional budget, this home is proof that finding the balance between energy efficiency and cost is worth exploring. It is so energy efficient that there are no utility bills to pay, and at the end of the year the house makes a small profit on the energy it produces. As well, Chris’ home design has minimized the presence of red-list chemicals (known carcinogens), and maximized the use of natural building products sourced locally. Come along as Chris takes you on this sustainable home tour! 3:25 Basement foundation 4:24 Electrical system 5:39 Indoor rainwater collection tanks - future project 6:17 Domestic hot water system 7:04 Drain heat recovery system 7:44 Floor Framing 9:31 Interior Finishes 10:54 Deep window sills 11:18 Triple pane inline fibreglass windows 11:52 Accessibility 12:25 Insights gained from building this home RELATED VIDEOS: Endeavour Centre Tour: https://youtu.be/z13zZ0ozMzA Chris Magwood Interview https://youtu.be/c3kvTWezAWU Chris Magwood Sustainable Home Tour - You Are Here! How to Design Your Sustainable Home Interview with Chris Magwood http://y2u.be/ZwVkZqPynh8 Chris’ Books: Essential Sustainable Home Design : https://bit.ly/2CKDDKD Making Better Buildings: https://bit.ly/2xQFd9A 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. #simple living #Off grid solar power system

Canada's Best Green Building School - The Edeavour Centre

What 2 things can you do to make a MASSIVE DIFFERENCE, turning your house from huge embodied carbon emitter to neutral or even a restorer? What roof type can double your home’s carbon storage over others? Chris Magwood will provide these answers and share leading edge sustainable building ideas that you can use in your sustainable development planning. Chris Magwood and his partner Jen Feigin have run the Endeavour Centre, an innovative sustainable building school in Peterborough Ontario for many years. At the Endeavour Centre they research and teach the best natural building processes, products, and skills and are among those at the leading edge in the field. One way they push the envelope is by focusing not only on energy, but also on other aspects of sustainable building including eliminating red list (carcinogenic) chemicals, embodied carbon, and unique ways to use natural building products. 24:37 Current Worst case scenario for sustainable building 26:26 Current carbon neutral building practices 29:02 Dream carbon sink building 33:17 Looking for a silver bullet for materials? 37:32 Myth busting 39:07 Building codes and building materials 40:03 Wood framing as an example building material RELATED VIDEOS: Endeavour Centre Tour: https://youtu.be/z13zZ0ozMzA Chris Magwood Interview https://youtu.be/c3kvTWezAWU (YOU ARE HERE) Chris Magwood Home Tour (Coming July 26) Chris’ Book: Making Better Buildings: https://bit.ly/2xQFd9A 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.

Urban Farming & Cold Climate Permaculture in Calgary Alberta

Can you do permaculture in an area that can be 0ºc (32ºf) in the morning, and 21ºc (68ºf) in the afternoon? What if growing days could see as much as 16 1/2 hours of sunlight in a day? These are some of the challenges of growing food in Calgary Alberta, and in this video you will learn how an urban farm can thrive in this climate! In this video I interview Carmen and Christian from Urban Farm School. In this interview, we cover the high points of their property and classroom. On their property, they are demonstrating rainwater harvesting, no-till gardening, food forestry, rainwater harvesting, season extension and hail protection structures. For more information on Urban Farm School go to: https://www.urbanfarmschool.ca/ 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.

Rainwater Harvesting: First Flush Diverters A Waste Of Money?

Conventional wisdom is that a flush diverter is important to a healthy, effective rainwater harvesting system, but what does research say? Do flush diverters play the important role they are though to? After doing an extensive literature review we wrote a book on rainwater harvesting that would allow anyone to understand the state of the science so that best practices could be employed when designing and building a rainwater harvesting system. Ultimately your local authority will dictate how you need to build a system in order to meet code, however, regardless of code there are several elements that every rainwater harvesting system must implement in order to ensure high-quality rainwater. It turns out that a first flush diverter does not appear to improve the water quality coming out of a rainwater harvesting system. In this video I will discuss which components do make a difference. Follow this link https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ for • information about our Rainwater Harvesting book • rainwater research • our FREE Essential rainwater harvesting tool kit! 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 Risks of Using / Not Using Glyphosate (Roundup)

Herbicides like Roundup (Glyphosate) have helped us feed billions, and some have been linked to cancer and other health problems. Some demand we ban Roundup, but what will happen if we didn't? What will happen if we do? What are the risks? In this video, I talk with Carmen and Christian from Urban Farm School in Calgary Alberta about why we use Glyphosate and some of the risks we would face if we suddenly stopped using it. While the issues is not cut and dry it is clear that there are some major issues with using it and people are generally not informed about where it is showing up in food which has a lot to do with a general lack of information about how food is grown. One of the major issues associated with stopping the use of glyphosate would be a massive increase in food costs. Most people don't realize that its use dramatically reduces the cost of food as it allows farmers to spend less time tilling the soil, the alternative technique for killing weeds. If we eradicate this chemical we have to be willing to accept a higher cost of food or alternatively to grow it ourselves. Are there other risks? Are there other solutions? Watch the video to find out! To find out more about Urban Farm School: https://www.urbanfarmschool.ca/ Jon Steinman: "The Grocery Story Conspiracy" video https://youtu.be/CCL70gOtsxE Deconstructing Dinner: http://www.deconstructingdinner.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.

Calgary's Top Urban Permaculture Site

Recently I visit Carmen and Christian from Urban Farm school in Calgary Alberta. They have an incredible urban farm right in the heart of Calgary where they teach people who are new to permaculture and urban food production how to grow successfully. In a few weeks, we will be releasing a full-length case study of their property where they will discuss greenhouses, hail protection, frost protection, food forestry and everything related to growing massive amounts of food in small spaces. To find out more about them go to: https://www.urbanfarmschool.ca/ 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.

How Our City Is Poisoning Us Through Our Desire To Eradicate Weeds

No amount of chemicals will stop weeds from growing, and weed control chemicals are known to cause serious health problems, yet cities spend HUGE money on dangerous weed control efforts destined to fail!! Recently Calgary started its annual herbicide spray to remove weeds in its parks and boulevards. I have watched this happen year after year and I finally decided to make a video about it. We are all responsible for this and it is time for all of us to take a stand and ask our elected representatives why we spend countless tax dollars to try and solve a problem that can't be solved. It can't be solved because no amount of these chemicals will stop these plants we call weeds from growing. To add insulate to injury, we now know that they cause enormous health issues which is indisputable at this point. We can't stand by while these toxins are sprayed, we all have a responsibility to make this shift in our own yards, food choices and in the officials we elect to represent us. I encourage you to contact your local Councillor and ask them: 1. Why do we spray these chemicals? 2. What is the annual budget for herbicides in Calgary? 3. What are the metrics they use to determine if they are providing value to Calgarians? Here is a directory of City Councillors in Calgary (where we live): https://www.calgary.ca/CityCouncil/... I have created a playlist for this video which will provide you with information that you can use to inform yourself and your elected officials about the issues pertaining to these chemicals. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li... 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. #calgary #glyphosate #cancer #zachbush #nenshi
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