Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have specific questions about our Permaculture Design Course?


Do you have specific questions about our Building Your Permaculture Property book and courses?


Curious about our greenhouse courses and related products & services?


For questions about our book, Essential Rainwater Harvesting and related products…


Are you looking for consultation on acreage design, pre-property-purchase consult, coaching services, or guest teaching / speaking?


Are you a registered student with questions such as login, cancellation policy, switching courses, missing classes, etc?


For all questions related to our awesome Contour Map Generator.


For all other questions….

Find answers to your question quickly by using the categories below

Do you offer children’s programming? Any suggestions for integrating permaculture in schools?

Several of our alumni are geared up specially to work with children and/or schools. Grounds for Change, Regenerate Design, Plein Air Arts, and Puzzle Permaculture are just a few. We also recommend that you scroll through our Alumni Profiles to find more!

Is the PDC course eligible for tax credit? Do you issue tax receipts?

We are not considered a designated educational institution (i.e. university or college) that qualifies for the purposes of the education tax credit claimed on the tax return. Therefore, our course cannot be claimed under tuition fees on your tax return and we cannot issue T2202A slips.

If you are working in a small business and would like to write off the course because it relates to your business, then yes, you may use our proof of enrolment / course receipt when filing your taxes.

I’m coming from out-of-town to take your in-person PDC. Do you have recommendations for me to keep my costs down?

Many of our students travel some distance to attend our courses. Although travel, food and accommodation expenses are not covered in our course tuition, we do a few things to help you keep your expenses down.

Once registered, you will receive access to the PDC Student Forum. On the forum page you can connect with classmates to coordinate carpooling and shared accommodation rental. We also provide access to a local billet list that we maintain. This list contains contact information for alumni and friends who are keen to host our permaculture design students. Each billet sets their own terms (there may be a small financial or volunteer commitment), and some are quite happy to let you couch surf or camp at no cost. Note that there are a limited number of billets, and the sooner you register in the course and arrange your accommodation, the better your chances of getting the best option for you!

Also, many students have also successfully connected with the local permaculture community, and found a billet, through the Verge Permaculture Students and Friends Facebook Group.

Lastly, once registered, we also provide detailed suggestions for camping, hostels, budget hotels and more.

What is your refund policy for this tool?

If you are having troubles with your map, or it turned out to not meet your expectations (we are using open data sources after all and the quality isn’t the best in some places in the world!), then get in touch. We will do what we can to remedy the situation!

Can you promote this (event, course, project, etc…) for me?

Our Facebook page and Students & Friends of Verge page are great places to share and connect with others interested in community, DIY projects, and permaculture. We invite folks to connect with each other on our pages, and are especially thrilled when it involves inspiring and positive stories, ideas or information.

If you would like us to post something for you, please email us at and include:

  •  a pre-written post for us to copy and paste onto Facebook (max. 100 words)… Please write the post from the perspective of Verge eg. “Check it out! We came across this awesome opportunity….”,
  • Include the web address and/or an image or poster in jpg format.

We will schedule your post if we deem it relevant to our audience, and, of course, time-permitting.

Once I’ve registered, can I switch my registration into a different Verge course?

For in-person courses, we do allow changes to registration, however, due to the administrative time required, registration changes are subject to a 10% administrative fee. See our cancellation policy for more details.

Registration switches are not permitted for online courses.

As a PDC Student, where do I find my online materials and extra digital resources, as applicable?

This six minute video provides a comprehensive overview of how to access your Student Dashboard and associated course materials:

The Student Dashboard

Once you are logged into the site, the WELCOME STUDENT! menu item will appear. Hover over the WELCOME STUDENT!  menu item and navigate to the STUDENT DASHBOARD (or simply visit the url:

From there, scroll down and select the tab called ONLINE COURSES & MATERIAL to view any online courses or online material associated with in-person courses, as applicable.

If you are a Permaculture Design Student, and you are looking for course slides, courses resources and other features, head to the item called EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PDC (START HERE).

Hit the expand arrow and you’ll see the item PDC- COURSE RESOURCES & FEATURES ACCESS.  Click there.

Now you’ll see the a table outlining all the features and resources included in each of our Foundational and Premium packages.  Links and/or instructions for delivery are included for every item.

For instance, the access link for the Digital Resource Library, which includes a digital copy of the slides, handouts and 30+ additional resources, is shown below:

I need help…what are my options?

Having troubles with your map? Need a hand? No worries, book a time slot below to have Mitch, the man behind the CMG course, guide you through whatever issues you may be having. Consults are online and 1-hour in length via Zoom.

Can I tour your property? Any recommendations for other local permaculture properties to visit?

We schedule Open Yard events approximately one time per month in each May, June, July, August and September. These workshop / tours are the best way to visit our urban permaculture demonstration property, located in the heart of Calgary. To find out the current schedule, click here.

We also offer a limited number of private tours. Contact us for information, rates and availability.


We have several other recommendations for finding other tour opportunities:

Does the PDC course qualify for Educational Assistance Payments (i.e RESP withdrawl)?

A registered education savings plan (RESP) is a contract between an individual (the subscriber) and a person or organization (the promoter). Under the contract, the subscriber names one or more beneficiaries (the future student(s)) and agrees to make contributions for them, and the promoter agrees to pay educational assistance payments (EAPs) to the beneficiaries. For more information about RESPs visit the CRA website.

Our Permaculture Design Course can meet the requirements of “specified educational program” for the purpose of Educational Assistance Payments, as described on the CRA website. Note that a specified educational program is a program at post-secondary school level that lasts at least three consecutive weeks, and that requires a student to spend no less than 12 hours per-month on courses in the program.

However, before assuming that your promoter will provide Educational Assistance Payments we highly recommend that you contact them to find out if they have any additional requirements above those stated on the CRA website. The reason for this is that although we have had numerous students successful in requesting EAPs from the holder of their plan (i.e. the promoter), there have also been some students told by their promoter that we do not qualify.

I’m coming from out of town to take your in-person PDC. Do you have suggestions for accommodations and transportation?

Once registered we will provide you with some information on how to get to the course location, as well as some recommendations for camping and accomodation. We also provide a forum for registered students to connect and coordinate shared accommodation and carpooling between themselves, as well we maintain a small billet list that we share with you.

Many past students have also successfully connected with the local permaculture community through the Verge Permaculture Students and Friends Facebook Group.

Here’s a quick overview of how registered students can find this information:

Do you take volunteers on your farm? Can you recommend somewhere to volunteer?

We take Willing Workers on Organic Farms (i.e. wwoofers) on our farm in Central Alberta!

For more information, see the page here.

We have several other recommendations for finding volunteer opportunities:

Do you offer Scholarships for your PDCs?


For more information about the Verge Permaculture Scholarship Fund, and how to apply, click here.

Would you like to make a donation to our scholarship fund? 100% of donated amounts are directly handed out in the form of tuition reduction to deserving students. Learn more at the link above.

Is this course third party accredited or certified?

Rob Avis is a Diplomate in Education from the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) and PINA recognizes and endorses Verge Permaculture’s courses and curriculum.

General questions such as: Evicting ants from your compost? Sourcing rock dust? Designing your greenhouse? Implementing your eco-business plan?

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a trickle of questions grow to a flood that’s simply overwhelming in its variety and scope. It’s thrilling evidence of our impact , and we want to provide answers to everyone who calls and emails us with queries! Problem is, we simply don’t have the capacity to do so outside of our packed schedule of workshops, courses, and paid consulting time.

There are a few ways that we can suggest for you to effectively find an answer to your general question:

1. Post on our Blog: We’re pretty good at responding to comments posted to blogs, and your question (& our answer) is posted publicly and therefore will also help others. Use the search button in the top right hand menu of our website and post a comment / question in a related-topic blog.


2. Post on our YouTube Channel: Again, we are more likely to respond to your comment or question if you post it directly below a related-topic video. And your question (and our answer) will help others.

3. Try crowd-sourcing your question on the Verge Permaculture Students & Friends Facebook Group. This group is a very active group page with plenty of lively conversation among our grads and community members. Whether you choose to lurk or jump into the discussion, you’ll gain lots of input on a wide range of topics. You can crowd-source your answer, and even promote events and other resources!

4. Check out our courses or consulting offerings. 


What is the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)?

The PDC is a tested and proven standardized curriculum offered by permaculture institutes and educational centers around the world. Developed by visionary author/educator/naturalist Bill Mollison, it includes all of the topics in his pioneering work, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual…which you will have temporary online access to during class as a part of your course package.

Offered in a 12 week online format, our Permaculture Design Certificate, or PDC, is a course for people who want to make permaculture a way of life or create a livelihood doing earth repair. We’ve gone above and beyond the requirements of the standard 72 hour curriculum by incorporating our own expertise from sustainable design projects around the world, additional products and resources, and teaching our own special step-by-step design process.

How do I access the Self-Study program?

To register for the Self-Study program, head to here to enrol in this free program.

From there, you’ll receive a username and login credentials for this website, and can access the program on the student dashboard – but you have to login first!

Who have you taught for in the past?

Our past guest teaching engagements include:

  • Olds College, Olds, AB
  • Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Southern Alberta Permaculture, Lethbridge, AB
  • ESAGE (Edmontonians Supporting a Green Economy), Edmonton, AB
  • Riverdale Community Group, Edmonton, AB
  • Permaculture Research Institute Saskachewan, Saskatoon, SK
  • Green Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • Nanton Horticultural Society, Nanton, AB
  • Mountain Waters Retreat Centre, Nelson BC
  • Okanagan Centre for the Environment, Penticton BC
  • Element Eco Design, Vernon BC
  • Grand Prairie Regional College, Grand Prairie, AB
I want to receive (more/less) email from you. How do I update my email preferences?

At the bottom of every email we send you, there is an option to update your email preferences OR to completely unsubscribe from receiving our emails.

Please note that if you opt to completely unsubscribe you will also not receive any emails about the products, programs or courses you may have purchased or be enrolled in.

Is there a pre-requisite for the PDC?

No. All you need is the ability and desire to learn in a fast-paced classroom environment.

How many participants will you allow into the Guided & Guaranteed program?

For the Guided & Guaranteed program we will take a maximum of 20 property-units.

Can I hire you to teach a private course?
Maybe. We book up well in advance and we do a limited number of private courses – so make you sure you contact us early.
What do I need (i.e. the technical requirements) in order access / view / stream the E-Course or webinar?

Accessing our E-courses and associated online material is easy. If you’ve played a video on your computer from Youtube or Vimeo before, then you’ve got all you need participate!


  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • An up-to-date internet browser (Internet Explorer 8.0 or above, Firefox 2.0 or above, or Safari 3.0, or Chrome 4.0 or above)
  • Speakers/headphones
  • A broadband internet connection (for a reliable viewing experience at medium quality we recommend a downstream connection speed of at least 400-700 Kbps. You can test your connection speed here)


We use an online platform called Zoom for our live webinars. It is similar to Skype, but simpler. All you need to join (from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android) is to click on a url that we will provide to you on the Student Dashboard.

The full system requirements for the webinars, including operating system requirements, supported tablet /mobile devices, supported browsers, and bandwidth requirements can be found here. (Note that you only need to meet the requirements for “Webinar Attendees” – no camera is required).

Don’t have high speed internet? You can also call in via phone, but note that toll rates may apply.

Will I still receive my PDC certificate if I have to miss a class?

A student may miss up to, but no more than 2 full days of the in-person PDC course, and still receive their course certificate. Students in the Premium package are eligible for unlimited refresher courses, and may attend later PDC classes to make up for missed time. Students in the online PDC will have access to all lectures and can watch at a different time. We recommend you watch the class you missed before the next class begins.

I love your program and your open-source tools. How can I support this initiative?

We’ve invested a substantial amount of dollars and hours into the development of the Contour Map Generator and the Adaptive Habitat Self-Study Program and other associated tools.

Help us to continue to support this free program and free tools by making a donation:

Alternatively, give us a 5-star review on either of these platforms:

How can I hire you to speak at my event?

Send an email directly to us ( with “INVITATION TO SPEAK” in the subject, and include answers to as many of the following questions as possible:

  • What’s your name and what organization are you representing?
  • Is there a title or website for your event?
  • When and where is the event taking place (date, city, and nearest airport)?
  • What would you like Rob to speak about?
  • How long is the time slot that you have in mind?
  • What is the expected attendance and seating capacity of the room?
What is the Student Dashboard?

The Student Dashboard is your one-stop shop to access all materials associated with any online courses or in-person courses that you’re registered in.

  • From the “Welcome” tab on the far right of the navigation menu (circled in red), click “Student Dashboard”
  • The Courses & Materials tab contains a listing of any courses and material that you have access to. Use the dropdown menu to sort your courses and materials by category
  • The Get Social tab contains a link to the Students & Friends Facebook page, as well as a link to the private Permaculture Design Course student forum (accessible to PDC students only)
  • The FAQ tab contains a list of frequently asked questions
What time committment should a PDC student be ready to commit?

Our Permaculture Design Certificate includes a 5-hour Introduction to Permaculture video course (The Permaculture Primer) that all students are expected to watch prior to the first class. It is accessible to students the moment they register.

Throughout the duration of the course (week 1 through to week 11) there are three, three-hour online class sessions per week. In each one of these sessions, two hours are dedicated to lectures from the instructors and one hour is dedicated to Q&A from students. We recommend that you attend live (see the course schedule for dates and times), but you can also watch the recordings if you happen to miss a session (see the FAQ about catching up on missed sessions here). The Q&A portion of each session is optional.

Sometimes our instructors will give you short optional assignments to complete that week, or there may be an optional quiz that you are recommended to complete on your own time. One additional hour per week is more than sufficient to complete the optional tasks / recommending reading / assignments or challenges for that week.

With that, we recommend that students who want to be successful in the course be ready to put in a minimum of six hours a week, and up to ten hours a week throughout the eleven to twelve weeks of the course.

The course finishes with one full month of Office Hours. During this time, there are no lectures but students have access to their Design Mentor for support with their final design project. Students must complete and submit a Final Design Project before the final due date in order to be awarded a certificate in Permaculture Design. For more questions about the Final Design Project go here.

I am in the Self-Study Program, but need support / help. What can I do?

If you’d like customized support, The Adaptive Habitat Guided and Guaranteed Program is a 10-12 week online program that runs ~2 times per year. It is designed to guide you and hand-hold you through the design of your property in a group setting with an engineer and a farmer on your team. We guarantee your results and offer a money-back guarantee as well as an unlimited return policy. Read more here.

If you don’t want / need that much support, Takota Coen offers hourly consulting. You can book a conversation with him here.

We do not provide complimentary technical support for using Google Earth Pro in this free Self-Study program. If you are struggling with importing your map or following the instructions here, take some time to review these Google Earth Outreach Tutorials and/or the Google Earth User Guide. These following videos (available on YouTube) are also quite good:

What is your speaking background and experience?

In less than 10 years, Rob 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 businesses, innovators and professionals how to combine technology with earth science and eco-entrepreneurism.

His past speaking engagements include:

  • Airdrie Horticultural Society
  • Calgary Horticultural Society
  • Calgary Economic Development
  • Nanton Horticultural Society
  • Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference 2011
  • Green Calgary
  • Permaculture Research Institute Saskatchewan
  • Saint Mary’s University College
  • Riverside Community Group
  • University of Calgary Ecological Design Department
  • ReThink Red Deer
  • Craik EcoSolar Fair
  • City of Calgary
  • Urban Systems
  • Mount Royal University “Under Western Skies” Conference
  • Master Gardener Program, Calgary Zoo
  • Organic Connections Conference, Regina
  • Groundswell Network Society, Invermere
  • Permaculture Voices Conference, San Diego, 2014
  • Global Earth Summit, 2014
  • AMEC E&I
  • and more…


How do I login in to your website and/or re-set my password?

To Login Or Create An Account

To login, hover over the login menu item and select LOGIN if you already have an account, or REGISTER if you need to create one:



Lost your password?

If you’ve lost your password, visit the password reset page.


When is your next PDC offered?

All current PDCs open for registration can be found on the PDC Listing Page. The best way to find out about new PDC announcements is by signing up for our mailing list.

What consulting services do you offer?

We offer farm design, acreage design, micro and broad acre water-harvesting, shelterbelt/agroforestry system design, pre-purchase property assessments, and green infrastructure design. For more information, see our Consulting Page.

How Do I Find The Student Dashboard and My Online Materials?

When you register in an E-Course or webinar, you will be prompted to create a login account on our site and will receive an email confirmation with a direct link to our Student Dashboard page.

Alternatively, simply visit the url:

Note that you will be prompted to Login to the website in order to view any material you have access to.

How Do I Get My Register With A Friend Discount?

Registering with a friend for the same Permaculture Design Course? Great news – we will give you our early bird pricing no matter when you choose to register.

Contact us (info@vergepermaculture) with your name & the name of your friend who will be registering to get discount codes to use during the checkout process.

Also note that you are welcome to register in different PDC packages (Foundational or Premium). We will also retroactively give you a discount should you pay regular price, then convince a friend to join you in the course. Just get in touch with us!

Contour Map Accuracy and Data Sources

Most people who have used the contour map generator found it an amazing tool and it has saved many of them thousands of dollars that they might have spent on a traditional survey. However, the tool uses open source data so accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

The elevation data is provided by Mapzen. The underlying data sources are a mix of open source data from around the world, as such, quality and accuracy varies from place to place. You can see the approximated resolution for your location in the map. View an accuracy map at this page for more detailed information.

Data provided by is purely informational.

This tool is based on and works thanks to products/services of the following projects, companies or people: Leaflet, D3.js, Axis Maps, Mapbox, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Danilo da Rosa and Magick Media.

How do I hire you for consulting?

Our consulting firm is Adaptive Habitat. Our website summarizes the types of consulting services we provide.

Complimentary Client Intake Meeting

For project-driven consulting, we have found that the very best way to quickly & effectively assess your project and our ability to help is to connect for 20 – 30 minutes over the phone. We call this a client intake meeting.

During this no-fee and no-obligation meeting Rob will discuss your project with you, determine fit, and then recommend options for proceeding as well as provide a high-level idea of what it might cost and what value we can provide should we get involved. You can schedule your complimentary client intake meeting here.

Note also that if you only have a few quick questions, Rob can usually answer them during these initial consultancy calls.

Hourly Consulting

Rob is also available for virtual consultancy on an hour by hour basis. If your project is small and/or you are looking for high-level technical advice, you can book a one hour virtual consultancy here.

View the booking page for his up-to-date hourly consulting fee. Payment is due upon booking. If you are unsure about our hourly consulting and want to first discuss whether we can help, you are welcome to start with a Complimentary Client Intake Meeting.

I’d like to update my email address or other information that you have on file for me. How?

If you are looking to update the information that we have on file for you (including your email address) – input your current email below & we’ll send what we have & instructions on how to make any updates / changes!

Input your email & we'll send you the information we currently have on file.
You'll be able to review & update from there. 
Can I upgrade at a later time? When is the last date I can upgrade my package?

If you are registered for the Online PDC you can upgrade until the day that final projects are due. This is generally 4-weeks after the final class but please check the course dashboard for exact dates.

If you register for our In-person Foundational PDC package we ask that you complete the upgrade within ten days of completing your in-person permaculture design course.

What is the cost to build the greenhouse?
The cost to build a passive solar greenhouse ranges from $40- $100/sqft depending on features and finishes.
Can you recommend a permaculture designer for my project?

Many of our alumni are offering professional permaculture design services (and other related-services), and many of them have been profiled in our Alumni series, which you can find here.

We also suggest that you crowd-source a recommendation on the Verge Permaculture & Friends Facebook Page.

What if I miss a webinar? Are the webinars recorded?

All of the webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the Student Dashboard for unlimited and unexpiring viewing.

How long will I keep access to online materials included with the PDC packages?

All online materials (i.e. videos, recordings and associated resources) are available indefinitely (our lifetime or yours) with the exception of the contour map. PDC Premium students will have access to the contour map for one year.

Do you offer consulting for greenhouse design?
We offer phone consulting around the world. If you have taken the course we offered a reduced rate of $100/hr to our past students.
Do you do urban landscape consulting, design and/or installation?

We don’t do a lot of urban landscape consulting, unless you are looking at full site planning and associated infrastructure, such as including the design of house and/or greenhouse and looking to include elements such as power generation, water systems and food systems. To learn more, and/or discuss your project you can book a Good Fit conversation with us here.

Not also that many of our alumni are offering professional permaculture design services (and other related-services), and many of them have been profiled in our Alumni series, which you can find here. You can filter the profiles by the “Consulting” or the “Design & Installation” tags.

We also suggest that you crowd-source a recommendation on the Verge Permaculture & Friends Facebook Page.

I didn’t receive my username and password. How can I login?

When you enrol in an online course or program on our website, we automatically create a user account for you on the website based on the email you provide upon enrolment.

If, for some reason, you do not receive the user account email that is generated by our system you can easily regenerate / resend the user account email by visiting the password reset page and inputting your email.


What can I do with a PDC? How will this training help me?

Many of our students develop businesses or projects leveraging their permaculture training. We think the best way to get an idea of the wide range of possibilities is to peruse the 50+ alumni interviews, profiles and blogs, found here.

Are you available for a site check for my greenhouse?
At the moment we do not offer site visit to anyone outside of Calgary, Edmonton and Central Alberta.
How do I search your blog?

You can enter keywords in the Search field at the top of our site, or search our Blog using the categories and tags in the right sidebar. If you find a page or blog entry on your topic of interest, post a comment or question in the Comments field at the bottom. We’re pretty good at responding there, and your question will help others!

How Do I Send An Email Money Transfer?

We can accept Email Money Transfers from Canadian Bank accounts.

*Please note that registrations paid by EMT are processed manually. Because we are not in the office everyday, be prepared to wait 24 hours during weekdays before your registration is approved. If you are registering with short notice before an event, we recommend that you pay online using a credit card.

To send an email money transfer you need access to online banking through a participating financial institution (BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotia Bank, or TD Canada Trust, among others).

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Login to your online banking.

2. Locate Interac Email Money Transfer, usually found in the Transfer/Payments menu.

3. Fill in the Interac Email Money Transfer information as follows:

          1. Recipients email address: .
          2. Payment Amount: the total amount of your invoice.
          3. Message: Include your name, the course name and if different, the name of the course registrant.

No password is required for your EMT.

If you need more detailed instructions for completing an email money transfer, go to

Can You Accept Payment Plans for Your Permaculture Design Courses?

Yes, we have payments plans for our Permaculture Design Courses.

The payment plans are set up as an automatic charge against your credit card (usually 3 – 6 equal payments) spread out over one month intervals. There is an administrative surcharge of $100 for all payment plans.

During checkout, look for the following in order to enable a payment plan option:

Is the Comprehensive Passive Solar Greenhouse course suitable for Cold/Hot/Dessert climates?
It is possible to design a greenhouse for high altitude deserts where night time temperatures would get very cold. Hot deserts need shade structures more than greenhouse structures.
I am not receiving your emails, or, they are arriving in my spam. How do I change that?

First, make sure you “whitelist” emails from

Please take less than 2 minutes to follow the steps below to make sure you receive our emails:

1. Please “whitelist” this address and any other email addresses that end in To find out how to whitelist an email address, just Google “how to whitelist” and your email provider (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc.).

2. In addition, you might choose to prioritize emails you receive from so that they get directly to your primary inbox. You can do this by either “starring” or “marking as important” the first few emails you receive from us.

3. If you have Gmail or any other email provider that filters emails into inbox, promotions, social, etc., be sure to “drag” any of our emails to your primary inbox. See detailed instructions for doing this below!

Gmail Tabs – How To Deliver In The Primary Inbox

If you’re using Gmail Tabs in your inbox, nearly all Verge Permaculture emails will typically arrive in the Promotions tab by default.

You can adjust Gmail Tabs settings to deliver an email to the primary tab in 2 easy steps.

Two Steps to Deliver in Gmail’s Primary Tab:


Click on our email > drag and drop the email to the Primary Tab:


Click Yes when offered the option to “always deliver” to Primary.

What is your cancellation policy?

You can view our cancellation policy here.

What are the price options or packages for your PDC courses? What’s included in each?

Whether you’re looking to practice permaculture in your own backyard, or whether you’re envisioning a farm or a full-time consulting practice, this program is set up to suit your needs. So we offer our new Online course, our in-person Foundational course, and a deluxe in-person Premium course including added benefits to help launch your personal permaculture projects or career.

Two In-Person Packages and an Online Program
to Fit Your Needs, Goals, and Budget



Permaculture Design Certificate Course

72 hours in class instruction

Permaculture Primer Interactive: Online Course

3.5 hour online video course + 40 page note pack. More info

Note Package

Our own 100 page notepack supplement. More info

Digital Resource Library

Digital copy of all slides, handouts and 30+ additional resources

25% Off Verge Merchandise and Bill Mollison Books

Browse our merchandise catalogue here.

When students ask us to describe our premium PDC package we say this: we’ve taken all of the best content that we’ve created over the last ten years which includes several e-course, books, exclusive video content and other tools, PLUS we’ve added access to our brand new Online Permaculture Design course, PLUS we offer an unlimited refresher course – come back and re-take your in-person PDC anytime. We bundle all of this together, with a value of over $5000, and offer it for more than 50% off. 

Here are the additional features included in our Premium package….



Online Permaculture Design Course

Enjoy unlimited access to the course recordings. Value of $699. More info. 

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, Bill Mollison

The definitive permaculture textbook (600 pages). Value of $150.  More info. 

Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison

160 page soft cover book. Value of $45. More info.

Essential Rainwater Harvesting Softcover Book

Comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems. Value of $40.  More info.

Essential Rainwater Harvesting Spreadsheet Tool

Pre-built spreadsheet tool for performing rainwater system feasibility analyses. Value of $30.  More info.

Essential Rainwater Harvesting Online Course (Beta Recordings)

Almost 100 lessons, split in six structured modules. Value of $499.  More info.

Resilient Homes & Homesteads

15 part presentation, with over 1.5 hours of content. More info.

Contour Map Generator One Year Subscription

Generate and download unlimited contour map files for one year. Value of $100.  More info.

Urban Farm Bike Trailer Plans, Verge & Green City Acres

Plans, a parts list and photos. More info. 

Water Harvesting 101 with Brad Lancaster & Craig Sponholtz

Exclusive interview with water harvesting experts. More info. 

Beyond Gaia’s Garden with Toby Hemenway

Exclusive interview with Toby Hemenway. More info

Establishing a Food Forest with Geoff Lawton

Exclusive video presentation. More info

Growing Good Business Series

Over 2.5 hours of interviews with successful permaculture entrepreneurs. More info.

Advanced Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Online Course

10 module self-study course. Value of $499. More info.

Passive Solar Greenhouse Case Study Package

Design tool and 12 step-by-step videos. Value of $50. More info.

Refresher Course

Come back anytime to retake the course for FREE. Choose from either the in-person or audit the online course (limit one retake of either the in-person or online PDC).

If you are looking for advanced permaculture design training, we highly recommend that you combine our Permaculture Design Course with our Adaptive Habitat Land Design Program.

Can I run the Passive Solar Greenhouse excel tool on Mac/PC?
At this point the sheet works best on PC, however it runs great in Office 365 online. Past students that have this issue have purchased a one month subscription to Office 365 to complete the course.
How do I get started in permaculture? How can I get involved?
  • Take a class! Click on the Courses & Events tab for a list of what we currently offer. You can also sign up for our mailing list for email updates about our upcoming offerings. Our Facebook page and Students & Friends of Verge page are also great places to hear about current events and opportunities of interest to permaculture enthusiasts.
  • Gain hands-on experience and meet other permaculture enthusiasts by volunteering for a Permablitz! (Search online for permablitzes in your area).
  • If you’re in the Calgary area, check out the Calgary Permaculture Guild website for events and volunteer opportunities.
  • Read a book! There are soo many!
What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay online with your credit card.

If you’d prefer to pay using another method select that option during checkout and you’ll receive instructions on how to do so. Note that we can accept cash, bank-certified cheques, email money transfer (Canadians only) or credit card over the phone.

Your spot is not saved in the course until payment is received.

We can also accept payment plans for some of our courses. The payment plan option will be displayed at checkout if that is the case.

*Please note that registrations paid by email money transfer are processed manually. Because we are not in the office everyday, be prepared to wait 24 hours during weekdays before your registration is approved. If you are registering with short notice before an event, we recommend that you pay online using a credit card so that your registration is processed and approved automatically by our system.

Do you have an Online PDC?

In April 2020 we will launch our first online PDC. After the live program has ended you can purchase the recorded version. Get more info…

What’s the difference between the PSGH Case studies, The Comprehensive course and The Intro course?
The Case studies will inspire your imagination and show you what’s possible along with an overview of what worked well and what didn’t work so well. This will inform your final design.
The Introductory Course gives you all the essentials you need to get started on your own passive solar greenhouse.
The comprehensive course is a 10-module course, where Rob will walk you through each step of the process he uses to design world-class passive solar greenhouses for his clients. You will walk away from this course with completed plans for your greenhouse.
What is the Guided & Guaranteed Program?

The Guided and Guaranteed program is a 10 – 12 week online program for land owners, with DIY drive and motivation , who want to design their perfect property and are looking for the process, tools, training, and support to bring their dream to life!

Are you ready to stop cobbling your vision together from books, YouTube and guesswork, and instead commit to a proven process, with personal guidance and guaranteed results?


  1. We have skin the game. We’re serious about investing our time and expertise to help you establish a lasting, resilient legacy on your land…and our guarantee is quite simple: if you don’t get results, you get your money back.
  2. This program offers big savings. The price point for the Guided & Guaranteed program is 10% of the cost of our equivalent one-on-one consulting packages.
  3. You’ll get accountability + support over several months. In addition to an organic farmer and an engineer joining your support team, you’ll
    • be connected to an accountability partner,
    • gain a valuable network of like-minded landowners and
    • get ongoing monthly support from Rob & Takota for up to 7 months!
  4. See & experience real life design & implementation in our bonus Field Day. Join us for a private bonus Field Day on Coen Farm, in Alberta, Canada in August. Come meet us in person and see Adaptive Habitat land design come to life.

This actually isn’t just a course in sustainable land design – it’s a program that will give you tools to observe, think about, and relate to your land and your life more effectively.


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