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Welcome to your student dashboard! From this page, you can access any course, module, lesson or program materials available to you. Click on any course in the grid below to drill down into the modules or lessons. If you’ve already started a course, use the Resume button below to continue from where you left off. Please note that we may also send you important information about your course via email. Be sure to check your Spam folder and make sure you mark our emails “not spam”. Also, if you use Gmail, nearly all Verge Permaculture emails will arrive in the Promotions tab by default. View the instructions here to quickly change this default setting. Lastly, visit the “Profile” tab to update your avatar / photo and if you have any questions, check out the Student FAQ tab (or contact us)
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MY COURSES AND MATERIAL
The Verge Permaculture Students and Friends is a very active group page with plenty of lively conversation among our grads and community members. Whether you choose to lurk or jump into the discussion, you’ll gain lots of input on a wide range of topics. You can crowd-source your answer, and even promote events and other resources!
We generally offer 2 in-person PDCs per year – a 2-week course in the spring/summer and an 8-month course September to May, spread out over three 4-day weekends and one 2-day weekend. In 2020 we’ve added a live online PDC and our spring/summer in-person course will run in Sept/Oct. All current PDCs open for registration can be found on the PDC Listing Page. The best way to find out about new PDC announcements is by signing up for our mailing list.
You can view our cancellation policy here.
For in-person courses, we do allow changes to registration, however, due to the administrative time required, registration changes are subject to a 10% administrative fee. See our cancellation policy for more details.
Registration switches are not permitted for online courses.
You can pay online with your credit card.
If you’d prefer to pay using another methods (we accept cash, cheque, email money transfer or credit card over the phone), get in touch & we’ll generate an invoice and instructions for paying using other methods.
Your spot is not saved in the course until payment is received.
We can also accept payment plans for some of our Permaculture Design Courses. More info.
*Please note that registrations paid by email money transfer are processed manually. Because we are not in the office everyday, be prepared to wait 24 hours during weekdays before your registration being approved. If you are registering with short notice before an event, we recommend that you pay online using a credit card.
We are not considered a designated educational institution (i.e. university or college) that qualifies for the purposes of the education tax credit claimed on the tax return. Therefore, our course cannot be claimed under tuition fees on your tax return and we cannot issue T2202A slips.
If you are working in a small business and would like to write off the course because it relates to your business, then yes, you may use our proof of enrolment / course receipt when filing your taxes.
A registered education savings plan (RESP) is a contract between an individual (the subscriber) and a person or organization (the promoter). Under the contract, the subscriber names one or more beneficiaries (the future student(s)) and agrees to make contributions for them, and the promoter agrees to pay educational assistance payments (EAPs) to the beneficiaries. For more information about RESPs visit the CRA website.
Our Permaculture Design Course can meet the requirements of “specified educational program” for the purpose of Educational Assistance Payments, as described on the CRA website. Note that a specified educational program is a program at post-secondary school level that lasts at least three consecutive weeks, and that requires a student to spend no less than 12 hours per-month on courses in the program.
However, before assuming that your promoter will provide Educational Assistance Payments we highly recommend that you contact them to find out if they have any additional requirements above those stated on the CRA website. The reason for this is that although we have had numerous students successful in requesting EAPs from the holder of their plan (i.e. the promoter), there has also been some students told by their promoter that we do not qualify.
For more information about the Verge Permaculture Scholarship Fund, and how to apply, click here. Note that there are no scholarships for the online PDC.
Would you like to make a donation to our scholarship fund? 100% of donated amounts are directly handed out in the form of tuition reduction to deserving students. Learn more at the link above.
The PDC is a tested and proven standardized curriculum offered by permaculture institutes and educational centers around the world. Developed by visionary author/educator/naturalist Bill Mollison, it includes all of the topics in his pioneering work, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual…which you will receive as a part of your course package.
Offered in either an intensive 13-day or 3 long-weekend format, our Permaculture Design Certificate, or PDC, is a course for people who want to make permaculture a way of life or create a livelihood doing earth repair. We’ve gone above and beyond the requirements of the standard 72 hour curriculum by incorporating our own expertise from sustainable design projects around the world, additional products and resources, and teaching our own special step-by-step design process. Our course is certified with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.
No. All you need is the ability and desire to learn in a fast-paced classroom environment.
A student may miss up to, but no more than 2 full days of the in-person PDC course, and still receive their course certificate. Students in the Premium package are eligible for unlimited refresher courses, and may attend later PDC classes to make up for missed time. Students in the online PDC will have access to all lectures and can watch at a different time. We recommend you watch the class you missed before the next class begins.
Our PDC includes a 5 hour Introduction to Permaculture video course that all students are expected to watch prior to the first class. It is accessible to students as shown as they register.
Students will be given small activities or homework throughout the course as well as readings and videos to watch. There will be time in class for certain assignments, however, to get the most out of the course, expect to spend a few hours a week learning on your own and preparing for the final project.
As this is an adult education course, homework will not be graded – you get what you put in. Completion of the final design project is required to earn the certificate.
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When you register in an E-Course or webinar, you will be prompted to create a login account on our site and will receive an email confirmation with a direct link to our Student Dashboard page.
Alternatively, simply visit the url: https://vergepermaculture.ca/student-dashboard/.
Note that you will be prompted to Login to the website in order to view any material you have access to.
When you enrol in an online course or program on our website, we automatically create a user account for you on the vergepermaculture.ca website based on the email you provide upon enrolment.
If, for some reason, you do not receive the user account email that is generated by our system you can easily regenerate / resend the user account email by visiting the password reset page and inputting your email.
*Please note that registrations paid by EMT are processed manually. Because we are not in the office everyday, be prepared to wait 24 hours during weekdays before your registration being approved. If you are registering with short notice before an event, we recommend that you pay online using a credit card.
To send an email money transfer you need access to online banking through a participating financial institution (BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotia Bank, or TD Canada Trust, among others).
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Login to your online banking.
2. Locate Interac Email Money Transfer, usually found in the Transfer/Payments menu.
3. Fill in the Interac Email Money Transfer information as follows:
- Recipients email address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Payment Amount: the total amount of your invoice.
- Security Question: Please make the security question “Reg ID”
- Security Answer:The password should be the last 6 digits of the Registration ID found at the top corner of the invoice (you can download an invoice when completing your registration)
- Message: Include your name, the course name and if different, the name of the course registrant.
f you need more detailed instructions for completing an email money transfer, go to http://www.interac.ca/index.php/en/interac-etransfer/etransfer-faq .Please keep this invoice.
Alternatively, you can call us (1-403-770-9789) and leave the answer to the security question. For security reasons, please do not email the answer.
The Student Dashboard is your one-stop shop to access all materials associated with any online courses or in-person courses that you’re registered in.
- From the “Welcome” tab on the far right of the navigation menu (circled in red), click “Student Dashboard”
- The Courses & Materials tab contains a listing of any courses and material that you have access to. Use the dropdown menu to sort your courses and materials by category
- The Get Social tab contains a link to the Students & Friends Facebook page, as well as a link to the private Permaculture Design Course student forum (accessible to PDC students only)
- The FAQ tab contains a list of frequently asked questions
Registering with a friend for the same Permaculture Design Course? Great news – we will give you our early bird pricing no matter when you choose to register.
Contact us (info@vergepermaculture) with your name & the name of your friend who will be registering to get discount codes to use during the checkout process.
Also note that you are welcome to register in different PDC packages (Foundational or Premium). We will also retroactively give you a discount should you pay regular price, then convince a friend to join you in the course. Just get in touch with us!
Accessing our E-courses and associated online material is easy. If you’ve played a video on your computer from Youtube or Vimeo before, then you’ve got all you need participate!
BUT TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, WE RECOMMEND:
- 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)
- 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)
IF YOUR COURSE INCLUDES LIVE WEBINARS:
We use an online platform called Zoom for our live webinars. It is similar to Skype, but simpler. 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 Dashboard.
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.
This six minute video provides a comprehensive overview of how to access your Student Dashboard and associated course materials:
The Student Dashboard
Once you are logged into the site, the WELCOME STUDENT! menu item will appear. Hover over the WELCOME STUDENT! menu item and navigate to the STUDENT DASHBOARD (or simply visit the url: https://vergepermaculture.ca/student-dashboard/.
From there, scroll down and select the tab called ONLINE COURSES & MATERIAL to view any online courses or online material associated with in-person courses, as applicable.
If you are a Permaculture Design Student, and you are looking for course slides, courses resources and other features, head to the item called EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PDC (START HERE).
Hit the expand arrow and you’ll see the item PDC- COURSE RESOURCES & FEATURES ACCESS. Click there.
Now you’ll see the a table outlining all the features and resources included in each of our Foundational and Premium packages. Links and/or instructions for delivery are included for every item.
For instance, the access link for the Digital Resource Library, which includes a digital copy of the slides, handouts and 30+ additional resources, is shown below:
If you register for our Foundational PDC package or our online course, you can still upgrade at a later time. However, if you have registered from an in-person course we do ask that you complete the upgrade within ten days of completing your in-person permaculture design course.
All online materials (i.e. videos, recordings and associated resources) are available indefinitely (our lifetime or yours) with the exception of the contour map. PDC Premium students will have access to the contour map for one year.
All of the webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the Student Dashboard for unlimited and unexpiring viewing.
For the Guided & Guaranteed program we will take a maximum of 20 property-units.
Yes, we have payments plans for our Permaculture Design Courses.
The payment plans is set up as an automatic charge against your credit card (usually 3 – 6 equal payments) spread out over one month intervals. There is an administrative surcharge of $100 for all payment plans.
Whether you’re looking to practice permaculture in your own backyard, or whether you’re envisioning a farm or a full-time consulting practice, this program is set up to suit your needs. So we offer our new Online course, our in-person Foundational course, and a deluxe in-person Premium course including added benefits to help launch your personal permaculture projects or career.
Two In-Person Packages and an Online Program
to Fit Your Needs, Goals, and Budget
OUR STANDARD FEATURES
Permaculture Design Certificate Course
72 hours in class instruction
Permaculture Primer Interactive: Online Course
3.5 hour online video course + 40 page note pack. More info.
Our own 100 page notepack supplement. More info.
Digital Resource Library
Digital copy of all slides, handouts and 30+ additional resources
25% Off Verge Merchandise
Browse our merchandise catalogue here.
When students ask us to describe our premium PDC package we say this: we’ve taken all of the best content that we’ve created over the last ten years which includes several e-course, books, exclusive video content and other tools, PLUS we’ve added access to our brand new Online Permaculture Design course, PLUS we offer an unlimited refresher course – come back and re-take your in-person PDC anytime. We bundle all of this together, with a value of over $5000, and offer it for more than 50% off.
Here are the additional features included in our Premium package….
PREMIUM PACKAGE ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Online Permaculture Design Course
Join live or enjoy unlimited access to the course recordings. Value of $699. More info.
Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, Bill Mollison
The definitive permaculture textbook (600 pages). Value of $150. More info.
Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison
160 page soft cover book. Value of $45. More info.
Essential Rainwater Harvesting Softcover Book
Comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems. Value of $40. More info.
Essential Rainwater Harvesting Spreadsheet Tool
Pre-built spreadsheet tool for performing rainwater system feasibility analyses. Value of $30. More info.
Essential Rainwater Harvesting Online Course (Beta Recordings)
Almost 100 lessons, split in six structured modules. Value of $499. More info.
Resilient Homes & Homesteads
15 part presentation, with over 1.5 hours of content. More info.
Contour Map Generator One Year Subscription
Generate and download unlimited contour map files for one year. Value of $100. More info.
Urban Farm Bike Trailer Plans, Verge & Green City Acres
Plans, a parts list and photos. More info.
Water Harvesting 101 with Brad Lancaster & Craig Sponholtz
Exclusive interview with water harvesting experts. More info.
Beyond Gaia’s Garden with Toby Hemenway
Exclusive interview with Toby Hemenway. More info
Establishing a Food Forest with Geoff Lawton
Exclusive video presentation. More info
Growing Good Business Series
Over 2.5 hours of interviews with successful permaculture entrepreneurs. More info.
Advanced Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Online Course
10 module self-study course. Value of $499. More info.
Passive Solar Greenhouse Case Study Package
Design tool and 12 step-by-step videos. Value of $50. More info.
Unlimited Refresher Course
Come back anytime to retake the in-person course for FREE.
We don’t have a formal volunteer or internship program. What we do have is an informal email list. If you live in Calgary, and want to be notified of volunteer opportunities as they come up, please sign up using the form below.
We have several other recommendations for finding volunteer opportunities:
- Post your request on the Verge Permaculture & Friends Facebook Page.
- Check out our Alumni profiles – many of them are running great permaculture businesses and projects and may be looking for volunteers.
- For longer term volunteer opportunities, check out Willing Workers on Organic Farms. Barb Hazenveld is a local permaculture instructor who takes longer term volunteers, or search the WOOF website for volunteer opportunities around the world using the word “permaculture”.
- Another great way to search for permaculture projects (and volunteer opportunities) is to check out the Permaculture Global Website.
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Gmail Tabs – How To Deliver In The Primary Inbox
If you’re using Gmail Tabs in your inbox, nearly all Verge Permaculture emails will typically arrive in the Promotions tab by default.
You can adjust Gmail Tabs settings to deliver an email to the primary tab in 2 easy steps.
Two Steps to Deliver in Gmail’s Primary Tab:
Click on our email > drag and drop the email to the Primary Tab:
Click Yes when offered the option to “always deliver email@example.com” to Primary.
Many of our students develop businesses or projects leveraging their permaculture training. We think the best way to get an idea of the wide range of possibilities is to peruse the 50+ alumni interviews, profiles and blogs, found here.
Our Permaculture Design Course follows Bill Mollison’s textbook, Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, and a copy of this textbook is included in the Premium package tuition.
It is true that a lot of Bill’s examples in his textbook are from the tropics and sub tropic climatic zones, as he is from Australia.
What differentiates us is our emphasis on the process of design. We feel strongly that the process is what drives good design. Process is climate indifferent.
The specific techniques that you might employ in the tropics may differ from the techniques used in a cold climate. In addition the specific plants you may use would also be different. But the fundamental principles and processes are the same.
Lastly, our course has a slight focus on temperate climate given that is the climate here in Canada and the climate that a majority of our students are working in. However, we have students who have taken our Permaculture Design Course and are working in climates around the world.
Many of our students travel some distance to attend our courses. Although travel, food and accommodation expenses are not covered in our course tuition, we do a few things to help you keep your expenses down.
Once registered, you will receive access to the PDC Student Forum. On the forum page you can connect with classmates to coordinate carpooling and shared accommodation rental. We also provide access to a local billet list that we maintain. This list contains contact information for alumni and friends who are keen to host our permaculture design students. Each billet sets their own terms (there may be a small financial or volunteer commitment), and some are quite happy to let you couch surf or camp at no cost. Note that there are a limited number of billets, and the sooner you register in the course and arrange your accommodation, the better your chances of getting the best option for you!
Also, many students have also successfully connected with the local permaculture community, and found a billet, through the Verge Permaculture Students and Friends Facebook Group.
Lastly, once registered, we also provide detailed suggestions for camping, hostels, budget hotels and more.
At the bottom of every email we send you, there is an option to update your email preferences OR to completely unsubscribe from receiving our emails.
Please note that if you opt to completely unsubscribe you will also not receive any emails about the products, programs or courses you may have purchased or be enrolled in.
If you are looking to update the information that we have on file for you (including your email address) – input your current email below & we’ll send what we have & instructions on how to make any updates / changes!
Once registered we will provide you with some information on how to get to the course location, as well as some recommendations for camping and accomodation. We also provide a forum for registered students to connect and coordinate shared accommodation and carpooling between themselves, as well we maintain a small billet list that we share with you.
Many past students have also successfully connected with the local permaculture community through the Verge Permaculture Students and Friends Facebook Group.
Here’s a quick overview of how registered students can find this information:
We’ve invested a substantial amount of dollars and hours into the development of the Contour Map Generator and the Adaptive Habitat Self-Study Program and other associated tools.
Help us to continue to support this free program and free tools by making a donation:
Alternatively, give us a 5-star review on either of these platforms:
If you’d like customized support, The Adaptive Habitat Guided and Guaranteed Program is a 10-12 week online program that runs ~2 times per year. It is designed to guide you and hand-hold you through the design of your property in a group setting with an engineer and a farmer on your team. We guarantee your results and offer a money-back guarantee as well as an unlimited return policy. Read more here.
We do not provide complimentary technical support for using Google Earth Pro in this free Self-Study program. If you are struggling with importing your map or following the instructions here, take some time to review these Google Earth Outreach Tutorials and/or the Google Earth User Guide. These following videos (available on YouTube) are also quite good:
The Guided and Guaranteed program is a 10 – 12 week online program for land owners, with DIY drive and motivation , who want to design their perfect property and are looking for the process, tools, training, and support to bring their dream to life!
Are you ready to stop cobbling your vision together from books, YouTube and guesswork, and instead commit to a proven process, with personal guidance and guaranteed results?
IF YOU ARE ON THE FENCE, CONSIDER THIS:
- We have skin the game. We’re serious about investing our time and expertise to help you establish a lasting, resilient legacy on your land…and our guarantee is quite simple: if you don’t get results, you get your money back.
- This program offers big savings. The price point for the Guided & Guaranteed program is 10% of the cost of our equivalent one-on-one consulting packages.
- You’ll get accountability + support over several months. In addition to an organic farmer and an engineer joining your support team, you’ll
- be connected to an accountability partner,
- gain a valuable network of like-minded landowners and
- get ongoing monthly support from Rob & Takota for up to 7 months!
- See & experience real life design & implementation in our bonus Field Day. Join us for a private bonus Field Day on Coen Farm, in Alberta, Canada in August. Come meet us in person and see Adaptive Habitat land design come to life.
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.
The Contour Map Basic Generator is a subscription and includes a download button.
Once you’ve drawn your map, you are able to export a KLM file for import into a tool such as Google Earth Pro.
The Contour Map Preview Generator, accessible at contourmapgenerator.com is simply a preview version. No map is available for download.
The original contourmapgenerator.com was released in December 2018 and KML maps were made freely downloadable and available to the public.
Despite the overwhelming positive feedback and response we received, the reality is that the costs to maintain such a tool quickly escalated as the popularity of the tool grew exponentially.
In mid-October 2019 we transitioned to two versions of the tool:
- Contourmapgenerator.com remains completely free to the public to generate and preview contour maps anywhere in the world, but no download button is available.
- The Adaptive Habitat Contour Map Generator for Google Earth Pro is a minimally-priced subscription and includes unlimited KML file downloads.
Simple instructions for importing the KML file into Google Earth Pro are included in the Adaptive Habitat Self-Study Program, which you can enrol for (separately) here (- it’s free!).
Google Earth Pro is quite intuitive and easy to learn. Note that Google Earth Pro (for desktop) is different than Google Earth (for web), as it provides additional capabilities such as GIS data import capability. You’ll want to learn at least some of the basic functionality of this program. If you are generally comfortable with software you are likely pick it up by simply starting to play around in the program. If you need a little more support, these Google Earth Outreach Tutorials are very good, and the Google Earth User Guide is another comprehensive resource.
Most people who have used the contour map generator found it an amazing tool and it has saved many of them thousands of dollars that they might have spent on a traditional survey. However, the tool uses open source data so accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
The elevation data is provided by Mapzen. The underlying data sources are a mix of open source data from around the world, as such, quality and accuracy varies from place to place. You can see the approximated resolution for your location in the map. View an accuracy map here or visit this page for more detailed information.
Data provided by contourmapgenerator.com is purely informational.
This tool is based on and works thanks to products/services of the following projects, companies or people: Leaflet, D3.js, Axis Maps, Mapbox, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Danilo da Rosa and Magick Media.
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OTHER COURSES & ASSOCIATED MATERIAL
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Engineer, ecologist & permaculture designer Rob Avis shares the high-level process he uses with clients to design homesteads that leverage and interact with the environment in which they’re built, producing their own energy and food, harvesting and storing water, cycling nutrients, and restoring the surrounding ecosystems.
As engineers and long-time permaculture designers and teachers, we’ve traveled the world to learn about sustainable and regenerative human habitat and have implemented many of these concepts on our property. We’ve been transforming our inner-city home into a permaculture demonstration site since 2009, and are thrilled to show you what we’ve done!
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE ASSOCIATED MATERIAL
The following courses / recourses are only available to student enrolled in our Permaculture Design Course(s). You are not currently enrolled in the following:
In this nine part video series (with 3+hours of professional footage), engineer & ecologist Rob Avis travels over 500 kms from the Canadian Rockies to the Alberta prairies to visit five different Passive Solar greenhouses (PSGHs). He shares learnings and provides commentary on what has worked well, and not so well from a design and growing perspective.