Introducing our Five-Step Process to Design and Manage Your Permaculture Property...

Leave confusion, overwhelm, false starts, and disappointments behind…

We are writing a book and won’t be offering the Guided & Guaranteed Program until 2020. If you haven’t already, sign-up for the Self Study Program to get started and we’ll email you when the Guided & Guaranteed Program is being offered.


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The best person to design your land is you.

The Self-Study Program is completely free, and includes:

  • Instructions on how to import & a contour map for designing your property in Google Earth.
  • The Adaptive Habitat Tool for Google Earth Pro
  • One-week e-course, delivered via email.
  • Access to five video case-studies (4+ hours) of past Adaptive Habitat Program projects.

Learn our 5-step process for designing and managing your permaculture property!


The best person to design your land is you… but you don’t have to do it alone.

The Guided & Guaranteed Program includes:

  • Everything in the Self-Study Version
  • The Adaptive Habitat Tool for Google Earth Pro (Pro Version)
  • Over 40 hours of personalized guidance
  • Three months of support through the Monthly Mastermind
  • An in-person Field Day at Coen Farm
  • A money-back guarantee & unlimited return policy
  • Plus, much, much more!

Isn’t it time to stop chasing the mirage of your Perfect Property – and learn a guaranteed method to design and create it from start to finish?

We’ve seen all the struggles that come from land design by books, YouTube and guesswork –tons of work and re-work, frustration, tears, anger, crop failure, lack of resilience, and thousands of dollars wasted. We’ve witnessed the overwhelm that results too much information and no context. We know all the pain you’re feeling…or trying to avoid.

Your goals open up thousands of possibilities…restoring mismanaged land, creating a self-renewing ecosystem, building in the ability to withstand changing climate and economy, and ensuring a financial yield, not to mention time for enjoyment!…..

….all ending in a muddle of confusion:

How to accomplish all of this? Where should you even begin? Is it possible to go back and start from Square One? And that is when you call us to help you sort it all out.

Sometimes that’s what you really need – a consultant who will spend 300+ hours to get acquainted with you and your land, identify your goals, values and vision, translate it all into a design, and coordinate the implementation. And if you’re ready to make that kind of investment, we’re happy to put our 20 years of consulting to work for you.

But what if you still have that stubborn conviction that you know your land… you know what you want… you’ve got the DIY drive and motivation? What if you’re clear that what you want isn’t a consultant, but the process, tools, training, and support to bring your dream to life?

That is why we created the Adaptive Habitat Program.

As a consulting team, with our 20 combined years of experience in engineering, farming, and permaculture design, we have developed a five-step process and associated design tools for Google Earth Pro, all of which are included, for free, in our Self-Study Program.

Our Unique Tools:

The Adaptive Habitat Contour Map Preview Generator is available free and the Contour Map Basic Generator (with a download button) is available on a subscription-basis. Generate a contour map file for anywhere in the world.
The Adaptive Habitat Tool is data management tool. It organizes information in the land design process and offers a step-by-step workflow for the land design process directly in Google Earth Pro. The Basic Version is included in our Self-Study Program and the Pro Version is included in our Guided & Guaranteed Program.
The Adaptive Habitat Process Pyramid is a three dimensional model that illustrates our 5 step process for tackling the complexity of designing and managing land. It is a compilation of the most useful frameworks and heuristics we use in our daily work as consultants, educators, and land managers.

Our Tested & Proven Process:

  • Step 1: Clarify

    Clarify your vision, values, and resources.

  • Step 2: Diagnose

    Discover your property's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

  • Step 3: Design

    Design your property to achieve your vision.

  • Step 4: Implement

    Build your vision with appropriate tools, community, and support.

  • Step 5: Manage & Monitor

    Manage/Monitor the system you have designed.


Let’s be real – unless you have a process for approaching a hyper-complex challenge like designing your perfect property (buildings, energy sources, food and water security, regenerative ecosystem, etc., etc.), it’s easy to default to the way you approach other complex challenges. So 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.

By the end of our time together…

  • You’ll clarify your vision and values: how do you want to use and interact with your land?
  • You’ll identify the weakest link in building your vision (water management? appropriate technology? building placement? sustainable energy use? or…?) and create an action plan to strengthen it.
  • You’ll identify where your lifestyle, habits, and systems don’t match your values and vision, and how to create the necessary changes to support your goals.
  • You’ll make informed and strategic decisions with confidence and without remorse.
  • You’ll have a process and benchmarks for monitoring the success of your decisions.
  • You‘ll have a process to help you navigate any future problems as they arise, without overwhelm.
  • Your life energy and enjoyment will increase as a result of this program

Graduates Share Land Design Stories…

  • This was the most impactful course I have ever taken!

    Ian Griebel
    Ian Griebel 2300 acre farm Castor, AB
  • It has been life changing to get all of our thoughts sorted out.

    Jenna & Brett
    Jenna & Brett 2000 acre ranch in Halkirk, AB
  • Now I have an approach to land design that feels productive instead of me spinning my wheels

    Brittany Liska
    Brittany Liska 160 acre homestead in Marriott, SK


We have been working professionally together for the past 3 years and in our respective fields for over 20 years combined.

We combine Rob’s engineering perspective and technical oversight with Takota’s intuitive understanding of the land and organic farming experience to provide a unique point of view that has created incredible value and insight for our clients and our own properties.

  • Rob Avis
    Rob Avis Lead Instructor / Engineer

    After pursuing international training and certifications in renewable energy and regenerative design Rob, along with his wife and business partner Michelle, began Verge Permaculture, now a globally-recognized and award-winning design, consulting, and education company. In the last decade, he has helped more than 3000 students and hundreds of clients to design and/or create integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land.

  • Over the past five years I have watched Rob and Michelle build Verge Permaculture from the ground up and I am proud to say that Verge Permaculture is now one of North America's premier permaculture design and education companies.

    Geoff Lawton
    Geoff Lawton Director of The Permaculture Institute
  • Takota Coen

    Takota is a 4th generation farmer who helps steward Coen Farm, a 250 acre award winning organic farm in Central Alberta that produces nutrient dense milk fed pork, grass fed beef, and forest garden fruits. In addition to farming, Takota works with famers, ranchers, and acreage owners across Canada to help them design for healthier land, healthier profits and the time to enjoy both. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from The Permaculture Research Institute, a Holistic Management Certificate from Holistic Management International, and a Red Seal Journeyman Certificate for Carpentry.

  • Takota is one of the few people that I know of who is searching out these answers and connecting the dots to healthy soils, healthy people, and healthy communities.  He has the “gift” of recognizing that all farms have some type of “unfair advantage” that we can harness or use to grow and raise healthy food that respects the land.

    Don Ruzicka
    Don Ruzicka Sunrise Farms

If Not Now, When?

So there you have it – a land design program that can take you from paralysis to profits. The only question is – are you ready to stop cobbling your vision together with a little info from this source and a little from that, and instead commit to working a proven process, perhaps even with personal guidance and guaranteed results?

Are you ready to face the prospect of…..success?

If you’re ready to take that momentous step for your property, your loved ones, and your future… try out our self-study program .


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