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About The Show

Join Verge Permaculture and New Society Publishers in conversation with authors who are on the verge of changing the world. Every second Wednesday at 3 pm MT (starting October 24th, 2018) we will interview leading experts in permaculture, sustainable building, new economies, progressive leadership, renewable energy, modern homesteading, resilience and much more. Live listeners will be able to ask questions, win books and get the tools, tips and insights needed to help create a world that works for people and the planet.

PAST SHOWS

How to Design Your Sustainable Home Interview with Chris Magwood

24.10.2018
Ideas on the Verge is a collaboration with New Society Publishers and Verge Permaculture. In this video I am speaking with Chris Magwood from the Endeavour Centre. Chris has been a natural and alternative builder for over 20 years and has built some of the most sophisticated buildings in North America including the first off-grid straw bale home in Ontario. Today we are talking about his book "Essential Sustainable Home Design" which details out how to go about planning and designing your very own sustainable home. To get a copy of Essential Sustainable Buildings book go to: https://bit.ly/2CKDDKD Making Better Buildings: https://bit.ly/2COY75g Subscribe to Ideas on the Verge: https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ By subscribing to Ideas On The Verge you’ll be reminded of upcoming live shows, have an opportunity to participate in free book giveaways, and get emailed discounts and coupons for books. You can unsubscribe at any time, and we’ll never spam, sell, or otherwise abuse your information. Follow Rob Avis https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... https://twitter.com/vergepc?lang=en Watch More Rob Avis: Make a Living With Permaculture/Farming: http://bit.ly/2DEOGCR Urban Homesteading Video Series: http://bit.ly/2DilqF3 Verge Grad Interview Series: http://bit.ly/2FM9AAE Share your interest in permaculture and sustainability with T-shirts and other products from the Verge Merch Store! https://teespring.com/stores/verge-... 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/
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Rabbit Raising 101 - Interview with Eric and Callene from Rare Hare Barn

07.11.2018
https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ In this live interview, I will be interviewing Callene Rapp from Rare Hare Barn. We will be discussing all aspects of raising rabbits for both genetic preservations as well as for meat. Rabbits are one of the most sustainable, nutritious, and economic meat sources available. They can easily be raised in a variety of locations and climates, and require less space and infrastructure than many other species of livestock. Raising Rabbits for Meat is the how-to guide to help you succeed in starting and running a home rabbitry for a steady source of meat or income. Coverage includes: The history of the domestic rabbit Information on breeding, housing, and harvesting Tools to help you succeed with your program An emphasis on heritage breeds. Raising Rabbits for Meat provides a solid foundation for success in raising rabbits and is ideal for anyone interesting in starting a small rabbitry for home use or to market rabbit meat as a business opportunity. Eric and Callene Rapp have owned and operated the award-winning Rare Hare Barn since 2005, the largest heritage-breed meat-rabbit enterprise in the United States, supplying heritage breed fryers to local restaurants. They have over 50 years of combined experience handling nearly every species of domestic livestock, and are active members of The Livestock Conservancy. Callene is also a regular contributor to Grit Magazine. They live and farm in Leon, Kansas. To purchase the book click the link below. https://bit.ly/2QfXHYH To find out more about Rare Hare Barn go to: http://www.rareharebarn.com/ By subscribing to Ideas On The Verge you’ll be reminded of upcoming live shows, have an opportunity to participate in free book giveaways, and get emailed discounts and coupons for books. You can unsubscribe at any time, and we’ll never spam, sell, or otherwise abuse your information. https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ Follow Rob Avis https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... https://twitter.com/vergepc?lang=en Watch More Rob Avis: Make a Living With Permaculture/Farming: http://bit.ly/2DEOGCR Urban Homesteading Video Series: http://bit.ly/2DilqF3 Verge Grad Interview Series: http://bit.ly/2FM9AAE 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/
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Ideas on the Verge - Live Interview with Dmitry Orlov, Author of The Five Stages of Collapse

22.11.2018
I've been reading a book called The 5 Stages of Collapse, by Dmitry Orlov. Over the last decade I have read several books in this niche and this is one of the most dense but entertaining reads on the subject. While the topic is tough to think about for most people, it is a subject that is worth investing a little bit of time into, in my opinion, because no civilization has ever lasted forever. While I do not believe that collapse can be predicted or forecast, reading a book like this can help you to understand the fragility that is baked into our western world and then translate that into a probabilistic map that will allow you to properly insure yourself. By insure, I don't mean through a large insurance company, I mean approaches like I have detailed out in the Land As Insurance series. https://vergepermaculture.ca/2017/0... There is a problem with engaging this topic. It can lead to paralysis, obsessivness and inaction because it is scary. If you are prone to this then you may want to broach this subject carefully. As an engineer we are constantly assessing the risk of systems and then creating designed responses to those risks. This is just one more risk to think about and permaculture gives us an approach to manage this risk so that we can move on with our lives in a positive way. By subscribing to Ideas On The Verge you’ll be reminded of upcoming live shows, have an opportunity to participate in free book giveaways, and get emailed discounts and coupons for books. You can unsubscribe at any time, and we’ll never spam, sell, or otherwise abuse your information. https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ DONATE TO THE SHOW!! $5 - http://bit.ly/2mRYEd4 $10 - http://bit.ly/2Deg0Xx $20 - http://bit.ly/2rjHqtM
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Interview with Richard Heinberg, Author of The End of Growth

20.12.2018
3:00 PM Mountain Time on Wednesday December 19th! To get your copy of The End of Growth: https://bit.ly/2BpGIwI To get your copy of Peak Everything: https://bit.ly/2GxuOqC Sign up for Ideas on the Verge to get your 25% discount on this book. https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ In this interview, I will be speaking with Richard Heindberg. Richard is one of the reasons Michelle and I left the oil patch. After reading The Party is Over and Powerdown we decided to learn everything we could about renewable energy and permaculture by travelling the world and re-tooling our engineering careers. The result was Verge Permaculture. In this interview, we will be talking about the mechanics of how the economy works, why it needs growth and why growth needs resources. We will talk about what happens when we remove those resources when everyone and everything is maxed to the hilt with debt and the inevitable repercussions that ensue. This topic is important for individuals but also policymakers so that they can adjust the levers of the machine accordingly before they are forced to. For more information on Post Carbon Resilience Training Starting on January 17th go to: http://bit.ly/pci-tus
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Is Rainwater Safe To Drink?

13.12.2018
Authors Rob & Michelle Avis recorded this session live on YouTube, with special guest, Australian rainwater harvesting expert and researcher, Dr. Peter J Coombes. In it they discuss the latest independent research on rainwater harvesting system design and answer the question: Is Rainwater Safe? They also discuss things like: * How Peter has set up his own household potable water system, from roof to tap. * Concerns about Legionnaires and biofilm control * Why Peter and the Australian Health Authority don't recommend that household rainwater users bother with comprehensive ongoing water-quality testing * and much more... ---------- BOOK LAUNCH PROMO: Use the coupon code Verge_Avis_12 to get 25% off the book, e-book or spreadsheet tool. (Only valid at essentialrwh.com until December 31, 2018). The Essential Rainwater Harvesting book and The Essential Rainwater Harvesting Spreadsheet Tool can be previewed or purchased at: https://essentialrwh.com The Essential Rainwater Harvesting Toolkit, is a FREE online companion to the book. This digital library is an ever-expanding treasure-trove for rainwater harvesters and practitioners. Subscribe here: https://essentialrwh.com (The table summarizing good design & sensible maintenance that is mentioned in this video is included in the Toolkit). Learn more about Dr. Peter J Coombes and his work: https://urbanwatercyclesolutions.co... ----- Reviews "This book is essential for anyone intending to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle. Rob and Michelle Avis are brilliant permaculture designers of the highest caliber worldwide. Their work is always accurate, precise, and detailed, and this book is exactly that. It will probably be in print for the next century. Buy one for yourself and it will be useful for all future generations." — Geoff Lawton, Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher, "This is going on my shelf as a crucial reference for design work. Accessible and quick to reference, yet as thorough as one could ever need on the subject. A fantastic design tool." — Ben Falk, author, The Resilient Farm and Homestead "With growing populations, fast-depleting aquifers, and climatic instability, the information in Essential Rainwater Harvesting will only get more valuable as we move into the future. The science-based approach that Rob and Michelle Avis take should help not only to get your system set up, but also educate policymakers with the most recent research." — Dave Boehnlein, author, Practical Permaculture, and Principal, Terra Phoenix Design "As the world warms, and water supply becomes more and more insecure in many parts of the world, knowing how to safely capture and store water is fast becoming a key skill for anyone wanting to make their lives more resilient. This fine tome tells you everything you need to know in an accessible and inspiring way. Go to it! Become a rainwater harvester! Embrace your downpipes and filtration systems! And all the while with this brilliant book stuffed into your back pocket." — Rob Hopkins, founder, the Transition movement, transitionnetwork.org
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Urban Market Gardening - A Live Interview with Curtis Stone from Green City Acres in Kelowna BC

16.01.2019
In this video, we talking with Author and farmer Curtis Stone. Curtis has been pioneering urban market gardening for the last 10 years and how innovated the market gardening space in far-reaching and unique ways. From passive solar greenhouses for perennial revenue to hot house production To get a 25% discount on Curtis's book sign up for our newsletter to receive the coupon code: https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ To get Curtis's book you can purchase it with this link: https://bit.ly/2RluVdG To learn more about New Society Publishers go to: https://www.newsociety.com
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The Economy of Well Being - An Interview with Mark Anielski (Permaculture Design for the Economy)

16.01.2019
In this video we talk with Mark Anielski, author of "The Economy of Well Being" about the current state of the Alberta oil focused economy,. We will discuss how we could make deliberate choices now to direct the future toward an economic system where everyone thrives. What would an economy of well-being for Alberta look like? How is well-being becoming the new bottom line for measuring Alberta's progress? What if Alberta's economy was based on optimizing the returns on investment in abundant human, social or cultural, natural and built assets? Alberta has the largest public bank in North America -- ATB (Alberta Treasury Branch) Financial -- established over 80 years ago by the Social Credit government of Premier William Aberhart. Having a public bank means that Alberta can create its own financial credit and finance any number of undercapitalized assets like renewable energy development or even a new pipeline without any cost of interest charges. Could Alberta become the model of an economy of well-being for the world? Can permaculture design principles, applied to the economy, help make it happen? Join economist, happiness auditor, an author Mark Anielski as he outlines his vision for a new economic future for Alberta based on his new book The Economics of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness (New Society Publishers, 2018). To find out more about Mark go to: http://economyofwellbeing.com/ To watch how Singapore started transforming themselves over fifty years ago check out the following documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi6...
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Interview With Darrell Frey Author of Bioshelter Market Garden and The Food Forest Handbook

30.01.2019
Darrell and Rob talk about embodied energy in food, and how Permaculture elements like perennial forest gardens and passive solar greenhouses solve the issue of the incredible embodied energy of our industrial food system. #permaculture #foodforest #Passivesolargreenhouse #bioshelter #greenhouse Get the coupon code for these books https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ The Food Forest Handbook:https://bit.ly/2RnDLYr The Oil We Eat Narrated by Rob Avis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcg... Darrell has been a permaculture consultant and teacher since 1987. He earned a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College and holds Diplomas of Permaculture Site Design, and Permaculture Education from The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). He is a lifelong learner with a strong background in horticulture, natural sciences, regenerative systems and permaculture design. He has extensive practical experience in small business management, homesteading, construction and project management. Darrell’s permaculture journey began after reading an interview of Bill Mollison in Mother Earth News Magazine # 63 in November of 1980, and subsequently reading Permaculture One and Permaculture Two. In 1982 Darrell attended a weekend Permaculture workshop at Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire, where he asked Bill how to bring permaculture to Western Pennsylvania. Bill encouraged Darrell to pursue his ideas to develop what became Three Sisters Farm and Bioshelter. After six years of intensive self guided study of permaculture, Darrell completed a permaculture design certification course in 1986.
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Interview With Gord Baird Author of Essential Composting Toilets

13.02.2019
Composting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom experience in rural and urban buildings. Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined manual that takes a practical, how-to approach to composting toilet system selection, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and safety objectives. Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book dispels myths and provides tools to assess various systems. It includes: - Easily-understood drawings, plans, and photos - Coverage of all main composting toilet systems - Selection criteria including site considerations, urine separation pros/cons, renovations/new builds, ventilation, servicing, and composting details - Design and installation details. Offering a professional approach accessible to DIYers, homeowners, designers, building consultants, water conservation advocates, and regulators, Essential Composting Toilets provides key information for redesigning toilet systems anywhere in the world. #permaculture #compost #Compostoilet #humanure Get the coupon code for these books https://vergepermaculture.ca/books/ Gord and Anne's Website: Composting Toilet Book: https://bit.ly/2X80Spc From waste stream to mainstream, a practical guide to composting toilet systems.
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Interview With Kelly Hart Author of Essential Earth Bag Building

27.02.2019
Kelly Hart is a pioneering earthbag builder, author, and filmmaker. The building of his multi-dome earthbag Colorado residence is chronicled in the video Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House. Kelly also founded and hosts the widely visited natural and green building websites www.greenhomebuilding.com, devoted to all aspects of sustainable architecture and natural building. Buy the Book: https://bit.ly/2TfNdxf (Updated link - sorry!) Ideas on the Verge is a collaboration with New Society Publishers and Verge Permaculture. Watch past shows, get FREE Resources and sign up to receive book coupon codes here: https://vergepermaculture.ca/books DONATE TO THE SHOW!! $5 - http://bit.ly/2mRYEd4 $10 - http://bit.ly/2Deg0Xx $20 - http://bit.ly/2rjHqtM 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/ #permaculture #Earthbagbuilding #Naturalbuilding
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Building with Rammed Earth - Interview with Author Tim Krahn

24.04.2019
In this episode of Ideas on the Verge Rob talks to Tim J. Krahn, P. Eng. about building with rammed earth. Tim is the author of Essential Rammed Earth Construction. He is also a registered professional engineer and partner in Building Alternatives Inc., consulting engineers specializing in non-conventional structural and building envelope design. He holds a masters degree in geotechnical engineering, a bachelors degree in civil engineering, is a founding member of the Natural Building Engineering Group, and is the chair of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada. To get the book go to: https://bit.ly/2IVBNZP Join Rob every second Wednesday at 3 pm MT as he interviews leading experts in permaculture, sustainable building, new economies, progressive leadership, renewable energy, modern homesteading, resilience and much more. Live listeners will be able to ask questions, win books and get the tools, tips and insights needed to help create a world that works for people and the planet. Hosted by permaculture expert Rob Avis. Ideas on the Verge is a collaboration with New Society Publishers and Verge Permaculture. Watch past shows, get FREE Resources and sign up to receive book coupon codes here: https://vergepermaculture.ca/books DONATE TO THE SHOW!! $5 - http://bit.ly/2mRYEd4 $10 - http://bit.ly/2Deg0Xx $20 - http://bit.ly/2rjHqtM 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/ #Naturalbuilding #earthbuilding
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