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Resilient Garden Fundamentals

With Carmen Lamoureux

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Get Unstuck and Start Growing Your Dream Garden!

Whether you’re aiming for suburban curb appeal, balcony beauty or homestead self-sufficiency, you’re facing the same basic challenges:

seedling plants
Starting Strong, Healthy Plants
shovel scooping soil
Nourishing Your Soil for Maximum Yield
container garden plants
Growing Thriving Plants in Containers
natural spray for pest management
Protecting Tender Plants Affordably

This special 4-workshop series will give you the foundational info you need to succeed!

Core Skills for Abundant Gardens at Any Scale

Discover the Fundamentals of Successful Gardening

Get the proven tools you need to overcome overwhelm, dive in, and set yourself up for an abundant harvest!

Actionable Tools

Learn grow and succeed with practical skills for creating a thriving green space, wherever you are!

Expert Instructor

Permaculture-based master gardener, educator & consultant with decades of experience. Eliminate choice overload and make decisions a breeze.

Student Community

Study and collaborate with your classmates in bioregion-based groups. Connect and grow your support network with fellow students.

Meet Your Instructor

Carmen Lamoureux

As the lead instructor for the Verge PDC, Carmen has had a varied career. She has worked for the Alberta government in the fields of sustainable resource management and forestry and consulting privately on silviculture, soils and horticulture.

As founder and owner of Calgary’s Urban Farm School, as well as the Urban Farm Permaculture Project, she is dedicated to helping emerging gardeners and permaculture enthusiasts gain the freedom, confidence and skills they need to live more abundant, sustainable and resilient lives. Having grown food organically for more than 40 years, Carmen gets excited about helping her students cultivate great food and great lives.

You Can Create the Garden of Your Dreams!

Discover the joy of creating a lush, thriving green space around your home. With Carmen’s expert knowledge and deep experience guiding you, you’ll gain the fundamental principles and practices that support great gardens of any size. 

Here’s what past students say about learning with Verge and Carmen:

A Workshop Series for Everyone, By Popular Demand!

The Verge Academy is famed for its advanced permaculture courses, but successful gardens also depend on basic gardening skills! In response to community requests, we’re offering this special workshop series to start you off on the right foot, whatever your skill level. Our workshops will include:

seed packet, seeds and stakes
Seed Starting Essentials

Choose the soil mix and seeding technique to create ideal conditions for each plant to thrive.

picking peppers
Nourishing Your Garden

Fundamentals of plant nutrition and how to foster fertile soil right in your backyard.

fertile soil being held in hands
Container Gardening for Everyone

Adapt soil mixes, container types, and watering plans to fit each plant’s needs.

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Backyard Greenhouse Basics

Manage temperature control, pests and watering in your small greenhouse or hoop house.

Empower Yourself with the Key to Gardening Confidence

Maya Angelou said it best: 

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Why trust your garden’s yield to seat-of-your-pants guesswork and luck? Set yourself up for success with in-depth knowledge and proven practices. 
Resilient Garden Fundamentals


(~$190 USD)

Starting November 29th, 2023


2:00-5:00pm PT | 3:00-6:00pm MT | 5:00-8:00pm ET

4-weeks of live online workshops

Sign up today – don’t miss this opportunity to achieve your resiliency dreams!


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

Live webinars hosted on Wednesdays and start at 2:00-5:00pm PT | 3:00-6:00pm MT | 5:00-8:00pm ET (convert to your time zone here).

Week Dates Live Workshop Sessions
Week #1 Wednesday, November 29 Seed Starting Essentials: Your Guide to a Thriving Garden
Week #2 Wednesday, December 6 Nourishing Your Garden: The Science of Soil and Plant Nutrition
Week #3 Wednesday, December 13 Container Gardening for Everyone: Unlocking Versatility in Any Growing Space
Week #4 Wednesday, December 20 Backyard Greenhouse Strategies: Grow More, Stress Less

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 all Permaculture Design Course packages or Verge Permaculture Academy subscriptions.

What is your refund policy for the Course?

Updated January 2023

For courses paid up-front in full:

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

  1. 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 and recordings. Tuition for the PDC On-demand course is not refundable.
  2. More than 10 days following the 1st class: We cannot provide a refund.

For payment plans:

You can cancel your payment plan anytime (but you will lose access to all course materials and recordings). Payments made towards plans are not refundable.

We are not able to offer refund for on-demand courses and products.

What do I need (i.e. the technical requirements) in order participate in this course?

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 course?

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.

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.

Sign up today – don’t miss this opportunity to achieve your resiliency dreams!

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