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:

 

04.12.2012
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 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

  • If you want to schedule an event with them, or just attend one, I recommend them very, very highly.

    Toby Hemenway
    Toby Hemenway Author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
  • 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
  • I’ve watched not just the blossoming of their business, but the blossoming of an entire community of engaged Calgarians and student alumni working hard to make a better world.

    Noah Purves-Smith
    Noah Purves-Smith Alces Landscapes & Land-use Ltd.
  • I was truly inspired by Rob and Michelle and am certain that permaculture will become a large part of my life in the future. I would recommend this course to anyone who is willing to learn about how to take responsibility for their impact on this planet. BEWARE: Once you go permaculture, you can never go back. The community we’ve built, skills we’ve learned and knowledge we’ve gained are invaluable – taking this course is an excellent investment.

    Julia Mitchell, Toronto, ON
    Julia Mitchell, Toronto, ON
  • I have spent five years fretting about ecological, energy, and economic issues that will no doubt arrive at our collective doorsteps. This course has helped me to understand that there are practical solutions which build real wealth, and don't involve living in a cave. This course was worth every cent. I plan on making this my new career.

    Brent Smith
    Brent Smith Biologist, Geographer - Paper Street Permaculture
  • I didn’t really know what permaculture was before coming, all I knew was Permanent Agriculture. Now all that has changed! Along with my life! Permaculture isn’t just about agriculture, but every aspect of living. It is a way for the future and future generations.

    Jester Suzuki Campbell, Calgary, AB
    Jester Suzuki Campbell, Calgary, AB
  • This course would be a great course for anyone on this planet. It divulges a greater understanding that we as humans need to become closer to nature, to understand how all life is dependent and that community will be our survival. It was a pleasure to learn all that I did…. To meet people of like mind and to know that community is being built.  

    Jan Butts, Calgary, AB
    Jan Butts, Calgary, AB
  • Rob and Michelle Avis lead an inspired, organized and informed two week adventure into a refreshingly positive view of sustainability. Rob shines as an instructor, delivering easily understood and detailed explanations of permaculture design principles and it’s practical tools. We left with an excellent understanding of subjects and ideas that were new to us.

    Valerie Andrews & Peter Piasecki, Ontario
    Valerie Andrews & Peter Piasecki, Ontario The Harvest Pantry
  • Rob and Michelle’s continuous passion for seeking out innovative approaches and finding ways to disseminate valuable information in the community with a keen eye for business sense has been a game-changer in Calgary, and across Alberta.

    Alla Guelber
    Alla Guelber The Meaningful Work Project
  • 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

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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