Michelle AvisOwner / Co-Instructor / Engineer

After pursuing international training and certifications in renewable energy and regenerative design I, along with my husband and business partner Rob, began Verge Permaculture, now a globally-recognized and award-winning design, consulting, and education company. Since then, we’ve helped more than 1000 students and a growing number 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.

Our consulting firm, Adaptive Habitat is a property design & project management firm that creates resilient homes, acreages and farms for landowners, preserving tangible and enduring wealth by integrating innovative technology, engineered solutions and ecological design.

I love the complexity of working through holistic design challenges to create resilient, eco-sustainable homes, acreages and farms that produce their own energy and food, harvest water, cycle nutrients and restore the surrounding ecosystems. By integrating innovative technology with sound design, we engineer creative solutions that bring a positive benefit to the environments in which people live and thereby thrive.

My expertise in waste water management and ecological septic design both informs and supports our innovative designs, enabling us to create integrated systems that are almost fully self-sustaining, using up to 90% less energy than conventionally designed homes and buildings.

Coupled with my deep connection to nature and my passion for growing nutrient-dense food, my work in creating eco-sustainable human systems is highly satisfying. My driving goal is to ensure that my work and actions leave this world a better place for future generations to inherit.



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