The Green Dreamer Podcast: Regeneration as a Real Path Forward
I recently had the chance to chat with Kamea Chayne from Green Dreamer Podcast about the poor condition of our soils and the solutions to address this problem, how we can eat a truly sustainable [...]
Good Life Revival Podcast: Rainwater Harvesting for Adaptive Habitats
How did Verge Permaculture begin? What is the order of operations in permaculture design if you want to prevent flooding and water scarcity ? How does a rainwater harvesting system mimic the [...]
Buy For Life: A Guest Post by Lorinda Peel
Lorinda Peel is a herbalist-in-training and a former Verge grad. We’re happy to feature her guest blog, first published over at Reforged Ironworks, a company that crafts hand-forged tools [...]
Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 3
Tim Wickstrom is a Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the final piece of his three-part [...]
Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2
Tim Wickstrom is a Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the second piece of his three-part [...]
Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 1
Tim Wickstrom is a Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the first piece of his three-part [...]
Lyme Disease and Permaculture Part II: You Do Not Suck
To get caught up and find out why Lyme disease is spreading like oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, check out Part I. We’ll all wait for you. We’re nice. So, reason number three why Lyme [...]
- Lyme Disease and Permaculture Part III[...] New to Lyme disease? Need to get caught...
- Justin T. ThurnHi there, Peter, You're absolutely right a...
- Daniel DessingerSemi-patiently awaiting the arrival of said b...
- LindseyI do not find Justin's writing style for this...
Do You Want to Use our Garden & Greenhouse?
Hey Everyone, This summer, we won’t be around Calgary much. We have taken a contract position with the Groundswell Network Society, in Invermere, BC, to act as their Resident Permaculture [...]
Growing Good Business Video Series – Part 3: Opportunities & Ideas
Growing Good Business Video Series Part 3: So Many Opportunities, Where Do You Start? In 2007 we first watched – and were completely awestruck by – Geoff Lawton’s “Greening the [...]
- Growing Good Business Video Series - Part 2: Mistakes & Barriers | Verge Permaculture[...] Next up – Part 3: Opportunities &...
Growing Good Business Video Series – Part 2: Mistakes & Barriers
Growing Good Business Video Series Part 2: Hindsight is 20/20 – What The Permaculture Experts Learned the Hard Way In 2007 we first watched – and were completely awestruck by – [...]
- Jenine DemyenThank you so much for the time and effort put...
- Growing Good Business Video Series - Part 1: Success | Verge Permaculture[...] Other FAQs « Previous...
Growing Good Business Video Series – Part 1: Success
We travelled to the Permaculture Voices conference in Temecula, CA this past March to interview successful permaculture designers, teachers, farmers and business owners and get their top tips! [...]
- Growing Good Business Video Series - Part 2: Mistakes & Barriers | Verge Permaculture[...] FAQs « Previous [...]...
Investing Like An Ecosystem
Over the last few years, I have been formulating my opinion on how to approach investing and what do to with extra cash. And I can’t believe how many people have told me in the last few [...]
Retrofitting a Small Town
For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it [...]
- Martine PiebiakOur local hamlet needs you and your family to...
- Michelle Avissure thing janet!...
- Janet from another planetGreat Article Rob. Can I reprint it for thos...
- Rob AvisYes, it is a great project!...
The Case for Earth Repair Businesses
For the last couple of years, I have recognized that transitioning our culture from one that looks at the planet as an endless mine and ecological destruction as a just another externality to one [...]
The Sustainable Life (with less)
Hi Rob, I have been studying permaculture for several years now, but once we get past the basics of gardening we seem to run into the same wall again and again. That wall for us is a balance of [...]
Soil Blocks, Seedlings and Salves: An Update from the Interns
I had heard a little about permaculture through my gardening volunteer work but didn't really get to understand the principles until taking Rob’s intro course in 2009 and reading Toby Hemenway’s [...]
Groundswell Greenhouse Grangers…. (at it again)
Last weekend both Jordan and I had an amazing opportunity to be part of Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture’s Design Team, participating in an applied Design Practicum at the Groundswell [...]
- Designing and Implementing Invermere’s Community Garden[...] Verge converged with Big Sky Permacultu...
- ChrisDo you guys plan on incorporating principals ...
- Katrina KellnerSuch great work! Really look forward to getti...
Evonne Smulders: Connecting the Young and Old with Sagely Folk Skills
Evonne Smulders brings a youthful, inspired, and change-making spirit to her home town of Black Diamond, AB, and beyond… all the while embodying and sharing her truly “Sage” [...]
Growing Good Things: Jordan Saunders Blazes the Trail for Young Permaculturists
Jordan Saunders is a young farmer whose projects have already made a significant impact on the yards and hearts of many people across Western Canada; he shows by example that farming and [...]
Functional Works of Art: Ashley Lubyk and Heather Noakes Build Human Habitat From Sand, Clay and Straw
Ashley Lubyk and Heather Noakes show that creating beautiful and sustainable human habitat is possible through the passionate work of their natural building education and consulting company, Dirt [...]
- The Case for Earth Repair Businesses | Verge Permaculture[...] and find opportunities to reduce your d...
- The Sustainable Life (with less) | Verge Permaculture[...] own it, or does it own me? Lastly, I wo...
- JackieSo inspiring!!! I want to learn everything yo...
- Agapé GardensGreat video! Well done, you guys!...
Sara Haney & Chrissy Begus: Piecing Together the Permaculture Puzzle
Part 7: Sara Haney and Chrissy Begus Sara Haney and Chrissy Begus are piecing together the puzzle of sustainability through their education company Puzzle Permaculture, which currently [...]
Permaculture and the Art of Having Fun
Kym Chi shows with creativity and humour, that permaculture is a form of art, as well as a tool for increasing personal empowerment and community resiliency. Her sense of enjoyment and infectious [...]
From Urban Sprawl to Earth Repair: Josh Baker Brings Permaculture to Suburban Calgary
Josh Baker demonstrates a beautiful and functional approach to urban permaculture design at his home in Calgary, AB, incorporating many unique landscaping elements including a young food forest, [...]
Making “Off-The-Grid” Look Good: Juli & Jeff Gillies’ Permaculture Homestead
Verge’s Grads in Action Series: Part 4 – Juli & Jeff Gillies Juli and Jeff Gillies are demonstrating a wide array of permaculture homesteading techniques on their 5 acre parcel [...]
Chrystel Vultier: From PDC Student to Local Food Purveyor
Verge’s Grads in Action Series: Part 3 – Chrystel Vultier Chrystel Vultier is a true local food purveyor for her home town of Canmore, AB. Over the past several years she has been [...]
Shauna Teare Puts Permaculture to Work in the Slocan Valley
Nestled deep in the forested mountains of the Slocan Valley, ex-urbanite Shawna Teare and her family have applied skills from their former lives in business and carpentry, along with gifted and [...]
Announcing… Verge’s Grads in Action Video Series
Ever Wondered, “What Can I Do With a Permaculture Certificate?” Meet Our Grads and Get Inspired By Their Stories of Earth Repair and Personal Transformation! Verge’s Grad [...]
Unplugged over the holidays AND… a baby announcement!
Since it worked so well last year, we have decided to unplug again this year! The office will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd, we hope you all take the time to relax and enjoy the [...]
Permablitzing Jasper Place High School
With the help and expertise of our Edmonton PDC students and Big Sky Permaculture, we recently installed a series of wicking beds at Jasper [...]
- Growing Trend in Food Forests | Permaculture Hamilton[...] Dustin G. Bajer photographed the Jasper...
Gardening in Art and Community
Luke is our outgoing intern and the 2011 Contest Winner for the Sunnyside Garden Centre Writing Competition: "How is gardening a form of artwork, and how does gardening build [...]
- Gardening in art and community | Leaf Ninjas[...] again to everyone that helped inspire t...
Photos & Stories from the Fall 2011 PDC (2/3)
This blog was contributed by current PDC student, Vanessa Hanel. We’ve now made it through 2/3 of the fall PDC and we are learning so much. Most recently we’ve covered Climate, Water & [...]
Photos & Stories from the Fall 2011 PDC (1/3)
This blog was contributed by current PDC student, Vanessa Hanel. Weekend #1: Getting Started & Compost Piles After waiting for what seems like forever, attending various courses and talks, [...]
Letters from Rob from Jordan: Part I – First Day
In mid September, 2011, I headed to Jordan to attended the tenth international permaculture convergence (IPC 10). This is Part I. To read Part II of this series, click here. I arrived safe and [...]
Starting Down the Permaculture Path: Thoughts From a PDC Student
This article was written by Verge Permaculture Sidekick, Alex Judd. I feel immensely lucky to have participated in Verge’s Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in Nelson this year. A few [...]
Connecting Growers to People with Land to Share
Who wouldn’t want to eat fresh, organic, local food that’s free? Simon Chauvette and Tejaswinee Jhunjhunwala discuss Landshare, an initiative originating in the UK that connects [...]
Wet Pots at The Mustard Seed
Today the Mustard Seed Design Group, Prospect PDD Services and members of the Mustard Seed got together in the Mustard Seed art room to build wetpots for the rooftop garden that will be installed [...]
The Mustard Seed Garden: Progress Update
This article was written by Jessica Kavanaugh “Building community, growing hope, supporting change” is the mission of the Mustard Seed, a non-profit Calgary organization that works to help the [...]
Introducing our New Boss – Rowen Avis
Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to Verge Permaculture – Rowen Avis. Born at home on December 27th, 2010 at 9:30 pm, Rowen surprised his parents by arriving two weeks early. [...]
Photos & Testimonials – Dec 2010 Lethbridge Intro
The first week-end of December Rob was invited "down south" to Lethbridge, Alberta to teach an introductory course on permaculture design to 16 students in partnership with Southern [...]
Photos from our Backyard Cob Oven Workshop
About a month ago we managed to convince our friend Ashley Lubyk to teach a Cob Oven workshop in our backyard. We quickly found twelve eager participants, spent a few days collecting materials [...]
- Designing and Implementing Invermere’s Community Garden[...] community space is going to feature a c...
- Rob AvisCheck out www.dirtcraft.ca for more info on t...
- chrisHi, this looks like a great project I would l...
- Awesome course guys! Thanks again and I look ...
Australian Permaculture Tour – Part II
This is part two of a four part series about two Canadian permaculture enthusiasts and their three month journey exploring, visiting and learning about the what’s going on in the [...]
Photos & Comments from May Introduction Course
We just completed another fantastic week-end course and permablitz and have unleashed 15 new permaculture students in Alberta (& one in Brazil!). Here are some photos of the week-end and [...]