Ever Wondered…

“What can I do with a Permaculture Certificate?”

Meet Our Alumni and Get Inspired By Their Stories!

We have over 500 graduates of our Permaculture Design Certificate course, and they’re doing some extraordinary things. This page is dedicated to showcasing their great work through beautiful videos, clever interviews and profiles of successful student businesses and projects.

VERGE VIDEO SERIES ALUMNI IN ACTION

Two filmmakers set out to document 10 of our grads in action as they start homesteads, businesses, conferences and more. Warning: beautiful footage and inspiring stories will make you want to jump up and follow suit!

This series tells the stories of 10 past students of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, documenting what they’ve done with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they acquired from the course. Two film makers set out to find these graduates and catch them in action, capturing their successes, struggles, and transformations as they embark on new endeavours – starting gardens, homesteads, community projects, businesses, building sustainable homes and structures, hosting conferences and much more.

At this turning point in human history, where people from all walks of life have begun searching for a more fulfilling and sustainable way of living, these PDC graduates show what is possible, and in doing so demonstrate the essence of the permaculture movement that is sweeping Calgary and the world. We hope that watching these videos inspires you as much as we were inspired by creating them; so kick back, press play, and enjoy watching positive, practical change in action!

10 Part Series Trailer:

 

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The Verge Permaculture Grad Interview series tells the stories of 10 graduates from Verge's Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, documenting what they've done with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they acquired from the course. Two film makers set out to find these graduates and catch them in action, capturing their successes, struggles, and transformations as they embark on new endeavours - starting gardens, homesteads, community projects, businesses, building sustainable homes and structures, hosting conferences and much more. FREE RESOURCES: How To Design Resilient Homes Acreages and Farms: http://bit.ly/2mNPH4s Passive Solar Greenhouse Case Studies: http://bit.ly/2ERJKtY The Verge Blog Book: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G UPCOMING VERGE WORKSHOPS: Permaculture Design Certificate: http://bit.ly/2FP47t2 Permaculture Pro Webinar Series: http://bit.ly/2DivD4f Regenerative Business Mentorship: http://bit.ly/2BccBGT SALATIN SEMESTER BOOK: https://salatinsemester.com/ Verge Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ DONATE TO THE SHOW!! $5 - http://bit.ly/2mRYEd4 $10 - http://bit.ly/2Deg0Xx $20 - http://bit.ly/2rjHqtM 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/

Watch the Whole Alumni in Action Series:

 

 

VERGE ALUMNI PROFILES

With countless Verge grads launching their own permaculture careers and projects, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up! So each month, we profile at least one PDC grad and their permaculture business or project. If you’ve ever daydreamed about quitting your job and starting a meaningful career healing the earth, these grads will show you how it’s done.

Explore our Verge Alumni Profiles:

 

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VERGE ALUMNI INTERVIEWS

Taking a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) can be a life-changing experience. Many of our students leave the course so inspired and full of ideas, they end up making dramatic lifestyle changes, sometimes leaving their jobs to pursue careers in permaculture. And not surprisingly. In this exciting, dynamic and earth-healing field, there’s a lot of room for work. So what does life after the PDC look like? Read on, as Sara Haney, a PDC graduate herself, interviews seven of Verge’s PDC graduates about the career and life changes that followed their course.

Life after the PDC Interviews:

 

WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US & OUR COURSES

  • I would whole-heartedly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in the subject broadly, or even just a specific interest in one topic (to understand how it fits into larger solutions). I certainly feel like I got more than my money's worth.

    Ian Moores, Calgary, AB
    Ian Moores, Calgary, AB
  • Verge Permaculture gave us the power of knowledge, wisdom, creativity and excitement. I will not forget my experience and I hope that I too can make a difference in my community.

    Mark McLaughlin, Saskatoon Sk
    Mark McLaughlin, Saskatoon Sk
  • This design course really helped to us draw connections to integrate shelter more closely with the landscape.

    Ashley Lubyk & Heather Noakes
    Ashley Lubyk & Heather Noakes Dirt Craft Natural Building
  • Passion is clearly visible in [Rob's] teaching.  Great blend of philosophy, technical knowledge and practical hands-on experience.  All of the videos, photos, anecdotes, etc. make for an interesting and engaging presentation.

    Anonymous Student
  • The beauty of permaculture lies in its simplicity. It makes us all slow down and finally LISTEN to the earth and respect its systems. Applying permaculture principles– teaching , changing, healing — is going to save the world. A lot of people have become disconnected with their communities and this course reminded me of how essential it is to revive them. My mind is overflowing with ideas, plans, and I’m so excited to implement them ASAP. [...] I’m lucky and blessed to have found this opportunity.

    Karla Cox, Cochrane, AB
    Karla Cox, Cochrane, AB Provisions Permaculture
  • A course in permaculture is a course on how you want to ethically exist on planet Earth. Its a paradigm shift unlocking life's greatest mysteries and the team at Verge leave you with a tool box for life.

    Christine
    Christine Farmer
  • Every so often someone comes along who seems to change the game. In this case, Alberta’s good fortune is doubly so, as it is a dynamic husband and wife who have changed people’s lives in service of environmental stewardship. As engineers-turned-sustainability designers, Rob and Michelle Avis have brought back Permaculture from a global learning expedition and innovated—adapted tools to Alberta conditions—sustaining not only their own small business but so much more…

    Adam Gagnon, Calgary, AB
    Adam Gagnon, Calgary, AB
  • The Verge Permaculture [Design Course] is a comprehensive course with hands-on applications. It is fantastic! Rob Avis provides functional information that goes way beyond the garden to – building, growing & creating a good life. We walked out of the [course] with so many entrepreneurial & sustainable ideas & opportunities there is no way this functional system (permaculture) cannot grow exponentially to make a better future. I am so excited!

    Julie Budgen, Canmore, AB
    Julie Budgen, Canmore, AB Environmental Planner
  • Rob and Michelle, the owners and creators of Verge Permaculture, have done an amazing job in permeating the ideas of permaculture to our class. They are personable, knowledgeable and pragmatic in their approach and I would recommend that anyone who has an interest in any of the information offered by them access and support their diverse ventures in creating a better world for us all.  

    Joshua Stefan, Edmonton, AB
    Joshua Stefan, Edmonton, AB
  • Quite sincerely, I believe everyone who cares remotely about our children's future on this planet should learn about permaculture (or if you just want to know some really useful information)! I am so grateful for the immense amount of useful information the course offered (so generously by Rob) and the amazing people I met that are on such interesting paths  

    Shelaine Sparrow, Edmonton, AB
    Shelaine Sparrow, Edmonton, AB Regenerative Designer, Living Ecology

SNAPSHOTS FROM OUR PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES

How Permaculture Changed My Life

In this newest blog series, we feature personal stories from past alumni about how how permaculture changed the direction of their outlooks and careers.

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Hope, Knowledge & A Plan...
NEW! Verge's first online Permaculture Design Course starts April 14,2020. Our next in-person PDC starts on Sept 26, 2020. 
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