A LIVE Verge Permaculture Academy Masterclass for Building Your Resilience

Garden Design Strategies for Year-Round Nutrition

Plan your soil, space and crops for a well-fed winter!

Starts April 5th, 2023
Wednesdays 2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET

Good Nutrition Is Possible Even When the Farmer’s Market Closes!


Turned off by pricey, tired, imported winter vegetables at the grocery?

preserved food and canning goods in a larder

Feeling “meh” about a larder loaded with ready-made boxed meals?

tomato plants growing inside a permaculture designed greenhouse

Looking to create a winter diet aligned with your permaculture values?


Ecologist, Permaculture Educator, and Eco Entrepreneur Carmen Lamoureux
carmen lamoureux is the lead instructor for the latest verge masterclass course and runs urban farm school

As the lead instructor for the Verge PDC, Carmen Lamoureux offers deep experience in sustainable land management, forestry, soils, silviculture and horticulture. Her foundation in ecosystem dynamics drives her practical approach to design and education.

In her local permaculture scene, Carmen is also owner of the Urban Permaculture Project and founder of The Urban Farm School, inspiring and educating her community about building resilience through regenerative food production in Calgary’s very cold climate.

In addition to helping permaculture enthusiasts and gardeners gain the confidence and skills to build more abundant and resilient lives, you’ll also find Carmen moonlighting as a folk, jazz and blues musician!

We know this is life-changing info…But what do our students say?

Discover how you can grow, put up, and store delicious home-grown produce for feasting all winter!

Plan Your Winter Food Supply from Seed to Storage

Our LIVE Masterclass guides you through every step of designing your garden space for four-season food security. You will get…


 Real-time answers to your questions in our live lectures and Q&As


A community of supportive peers with similar interests and goals to keep you accountable


Proven tools and solutions that you can put to use immediately


Easy to reference food storage chart, Root cellar design tips and more…

Winter food can be a breeze! Avoid stress & save money



(~$290 USD)


When you design your garden for four-season food security, your larder can always be full regardless of wild weather or blocked roads.  

Our Masterclass helps you feed your family confidently all year round.

Wednesdays starting April 5th, 2023

2:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Time | 5:00 – 7:00 pm Eastern Time

8-weeks of live online lectures

You might be thinking,

“I’ve got this – You should taste my home-grown salsa & jam!” 

Great – we should swap recipes!

For clarity, our Masterclass goes way beyond canning, pickling, or preserving. You’ll, discover how to build on your skills! Learn how to design your garden and storage space for a rich and varied winter diet, with dried beans, cured potatoes and winter squash, as well as perennial fruits and vegetables, culinary herbs, and other flavorful and nutritious crops that you can grow at any scale.

Greenhouse Not Required!

Good news! You do not need a greenhouse to have wholesome, home-grown food all year round. Expensive imported vegetables and processed food don’t have to be your winter staples. Discover how you can leverage your existing garden and storage space for a healthy, nutritious diet throughout the year. Here’s a short list of the strategies you’ll learn in our Masterclass:

How to design your garden for storage crops that provide the most value for your needs and your space

How to maximize your yield, whether you have a balcony container garden or a full-acre plot on your back 40…

How to harvest and prepare your produce for storage, whether you’re curing, canning, fermenting, or…

Where to store your stockpile of food if your space is small (you’ll be amazed at some of the places you can use!)…

We will also teach you about seed saving, season extension, and so much more!

Experience the Empowerment of 4-Season Food Security. 

Set yourself up for peace of mind when wintry winds blow – Sign up for our Masterclass today!


Scroll down for detailed course schedule & content and FAQ’s

Live webinars hosted on Wednesdays and start at 2:00pm Pacific Time | 5:00pm Eastern (convert to your time zone here).

Week Dates High-Level Topics Covered
Week #1 Wednesday April 5th Session 1: Introduction and Overview of Storage Crops
Week #2  Wednesday April 12th Session 2: Growing Methods and Considerations Part 1
Week #3  Wednesday April 19th Session 3: Growing Methods and Considerations Part 2
Week #4  Wednesday April 26th Session 4: Season Extension Strategies
Week #5 Wednesday May 3rd Session 5: Harvesting, Curing, Processing and Storage Strategies Part 1
Week #6 Wednesday May 10th Session 6: Harvesting, Curing, Processing and Storage Strategies Part 2
Week #7 Wednesday May 17th Session 7: The Root Cellar – Designs and Case Studies
Week #8 Wednesday May 24th Session 8: Seed Saving Strategies for Storage Crops

On average, webinars will run about two hours long, and may go shorter or longer depending on the number of student questions each week.

All webinars are recorded and posted to the student dashboard where you can watch or (re-watch) at your own pace.


How long will I keep access to online materials?

All On-Demand course materials (i.e. videos, recordings and associated resources) are available indefinitely (our lifetime or yours). *** Does not apply to Permaculture Design Course packages or Verge Permaculture Academy subscriptions.

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

All of the webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the Student Portal.

What is your refund policy for the Masterclass?

Updated January 2023

If you need to cancel your PDC, Masterclass, or other Live class registration for any reason:

  • Up to 10 days following the 1st class: we will refund your course fee but will deduct an administrative fee of $150 (plus applicable taxes), however, you will lose access to all course materials. Tuition for the PDC On-demand course is not refundable.
  • More than 10 days following the 1st class: We cannot provide a refund.
What do I need (i.e. the technical requirements) in order participate in this masterclass?

Participating in our live online programs and on on our student portal 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. 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 Portal.

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.

What’s the time commitment for this program?

To get the most out of the masterclass you should expect to commit anywhere from 2 to 3 hours a week.

The weekly live sessions will run, on average 2 hours long, but may go shorter or longer depending on student questions. There may also be some supplemental reading and/or videos provided each week to students.

If you miss a live webinar, you will be able to watch the video recording, which will be posted to our Student Portal and can be streamed online 24/7. If you are a member of the Verge Permaculture Academy, you will also be able to access audio recordings of the lectures offline on your mobile device.

I have more questions about the course. Who can I talk to?

Reach out to Alain D’Aoust at alain@vergepermaculture.ca and he’ll be happy to assist.

Will there be any assignments?

The instructor may offer you optional practice exercises that are designed to hone the skills and knowledge being taught. These are not required to complete the course.


Wednesdays starting April 5th, 2023

2:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Time | 5:00 – 7:00 pm Eastern Time

8-weeks of live online lectures


(~$290 USD)


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