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Verge Permaculture is about Permaculture Design. We don't just talk about Permaculture, we actually live it! In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled their engineering careers to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. They are 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/
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  • Brad Lancaster
  • Building Your Permaculture Property
  • Sustainable Development In Practice
  • Herbicides and Pesticides
  • Permaculture Design
  • Random conversations
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Permaculture and Water
  • Creating Gaia's Garden with Toby Hemenway
  • Growing Good Business Interview Series
  • Climate Crisis
  • Weeds and what they tell you
  • Wood Stoves
  • Technology for Permaculture
  • Regenerative Farming
  • Better Gardening With Permaculture
  • Our Food Supply & Food Security
  • Fungi and Permaculture
  • Sustainable Biomass Combustion and Heating
  • Peak Everything
  • Permacuture In Practice: Real World Examples
  • Solar Technology
  • Microgreens
  • Permaculture community
  • Audio Only Episodes
  • Adaptive Habitat Land Design
  • Microclimates
  • Sustainable Home Design Workshop with Chris Magwood
  • YouTube Live sessions
  • Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Tool
  • Ideas on The Verge: A Collaboration bw New Society Publishers and Verge
  • Why Permaculture Based Businesses Fail
  • Why Eat Organic?
  • Everything Gardens
  • Information on diet
  • The Tail End
  • PDC Pattern Videos
  • Permaculture Pattern
  • How Permaculture Changed My Life
  • DIY Land Design Webinar Replay
  • 8 Forms of Capital
  • Adaptive Habitat Land Design Case Studies
  • Permaculture and Diet
  • Videos From Our Students
  • Swales - Urban and Rural
  • Concepts & Themes in Permaculture
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Resilient Homes Acreages and Farms
  • Snow Water Harvesting
  • What You Can You Do About Climate Change? 10 Part Series

Our Wishlist-Hunting for The Perfect Permaculture Homesteading Property

We Bought a Farm! Watch our Real-Life Story as We Design It - Permaculture-Style! Now Join Us As We Apply Our Proven Process to Our Own Rural Property!===== Your own land. Out in the country, off the grid. Growing your own food, harvesting your own water. Restoring the land for the next generation. It’s been on your mind for – how long now? Well – we took the leap! After practicing urban permaculture for the past 9 years, helping hundreds of students create thriving properties with our 5-Step Land Design Process, we moved last month to a glorious 160-acre wooded property in central Alberta, Canada. And now we’re putting our proven process into action on a whole new level... Join us as we work through all the questions we ask our clients, as we retrofit a vintage home and design and create a permaculture farm on this land – along with managing a business and a family! We’ll be posting videos of our journey here, distilling every challenge, opportunity, and obstacle to actionable steps that you can apply in your own life. And we have a book in the works, due for publication late 2020 (more on that later). If you’re dreaming of going off the grid or building your own regenerative property, you won’t want to miss an episode of this video series. Join us as we make the land design journey real, right here: http://myadaptivehabitat.com In this video we share our Values and Vision document - the one we used to help us find our property. Our Values and Vision leverage the 8 Forms of Capital Framework (http://www.regenterprise.com). Rob also mentions a video interview with Brad Lancaster. You can find that here: https://youtu.be/P8HR2EZPiLk

Brad Lancaster's Urban Permaculture Oasis Homestead Tour - Tucson Arizona.(Part 1)

Join Brad Lancaster on a tour of his urban permaculture oasis in Tucson Arizona. See how Brad harvests rainwater, sunshine, and other resources to transform lifeless land into a sustainable, interconnected, abundant place to live. (Part 1 of 3) Brad lives in Tucson on one of the most amazing 1/8th of an acre anywhere! In an area with a metro population of nearly 1 million people, Brad has applied low tech, low cost solutions to create an off-grid life, while surrounded by grids and people leading typical lifestyles for this time. Brad also shares how the principles he applied to his property can be applied to public streets and public lands, transforming them into an urban homesteading oasis in a very dry desert climate water security, urban homestead, food security, rainwater harvesting, Tucson Arizona Related videos about Brad’ work: * Rob & Takota’s prelude discussion: https://youtu.be/18kmp9mU_kw * Brad Lancaster’s interview with Rob: https://youtu.be/LnKqOwgX_pk * Brad’s urban oasis tour: * Part 1 (you are here) * Part 2 coming January 22 * Part 3 coming January 29 Click on the time to jump to specific topics of interest 1:06 Public right-of-way developments 3:56 Living Pantry / Living Pharmacy 6:28 Water harvesting traffic circle 9:18 Public right-of-way in the community 11:25 Traffic calming chicane 14:37 Public right-of-way without resident participation 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/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

Discovering Wildlife with Our Trail Cameras

Out Here, The Neighbors are Wild...REALLY Wild... When you move out the Canadian boreal forest region you can be pretty sure that you’re sharing your property with some amazing wildlife…wolves, bears, moose, caribou, hawks, owls, beavers, squirrels, and loons are just a few of the possibilities! But of course, unless you’re going to sit quietly for hours in the woods, you’re not likely to see many of these wild neighbors. And we very much want our kids to grow up feeling close to nature and experiencing it in as many ways as possible. So we treated the family to trailcams for Christmas, to get an introduction to the beings whose territory we’ve moved into. Click the button below to join us on our latest Building Our Permaculture Property video series, as we set one cam up near somebody’s den….and discover one neighbor passing by another! WOW! And stay tuned for the ongoing story as we create our permaculture dream in the wilds of west central Alberta, by following our playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

Live off grid in urban desert - Tips from Brad Lancaster, Tucson Arizona

How is it possible to live off grid and achieve water security in a desert without a water or sewer connection? Learn how urban homestead harvests water and other resources to achieve food security and abundance under extremely dry conditions. Brad Lancaster lives in Tucson Arizona, on one of the most amazing 1/8th of an acre anywhere! In an area with a metro population of nearly 1 million people, Brad has applied low tech, low cost solutions to create an off-grid life, while surrounded by grids and people leading typical lifestyles for this time. Brad harvests rainwater, collect solar power, and much more. Brad’s is an inspiring property, and in this video, Brad talks about some of the ideas behind the project and the strategies used to make it happen. Buy Brad's books at deep discount directly from him at his web shop: https://www.harvestingrainwater.com... NB Coming soon, Brad takes you on a video tour of his amazing urban homestead • Part 1 https://youtu.be/P8HR2EZPiLk (Jan 15) • Part 2 (Jan 22) • Part 3 (Jan 29) Click on the time to jump to specific topics of interest 6:21 Scarcity and Abundance; the solution is harvesting 10:02 Water security: diversion vs harvesting 14:48 Integrated systems 21:02 Doing Water harvesting on their property 25:23 Harvesting more than water alone 28:48 Greywater harvesting 31:17 Solar power and sun harvesting 32:35 Getting the domino effect working for you 38:17 The problem can be the solution 42:55 We helped shift City policy! 45:29 The chains that held me back 47:20 For more info Central Arizona Project (Water diversion from the Colorado river to Phoenix and Tucson) CAP https://www.cap-az.com/about-us/sys... Links to Brad’s sites and books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond: Volume 1 and 2 https://www.harvestingrainwater.com... Eat Mesquite and more: http://www.desertharvesters.org/ Urban Homestead, Permaculture Homestead, Abundance, Food Security, Water Security, Peak Phosphorus, Peak Oil, Desertification, Grow your own food, composting toilets, grey water design, solar cooking, passive solar design 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/ FREE RESOURCES: As a special gift when you subscribe to our newsletter is that we’ll send you the link to download our gorgeous Blog Book: 50 breathtaking magazine-style pages of our most popular blog posts and articles over the past five years, from permaculture ABCs to property-buying, home design, eco-investing, and community retrofitting. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G Why should you reserve a place in your bulging in-box for Verge’s newsletters? One reason: because we challenge the headlines and cultural paradigms with a whole different kind of alternative fact: Permaculture-inspired businesses can succeed – and restore the planet. And we’ll show you how to do it.

How Much Land is The Right Amount?

The Goldilocks Question: How Much Land is Just Right? Great question from D.K. today - How much land is enough (or too much)? Believe us, we did a lot of soul-searching before we decided on this 160-acre lot, after living for almost 10 years in the suburbs of Calgary! And like most people who are looking to build a permaculture property, we often asked ourselves "What size is the right size?" But right from the beginning, size took second place to other factors we'd laid out in our values and vision statement. Things like woods, streams, space for gardens and livestock, community, and most important - no restriction from zoning or community covenants or bylaws. Those were just a few of our criteria. Learn more about why having clear values and vision for your property (and your life plans!) is the most important factor in guiding your choices in this video - part of our Adaptive Habitat family journey! Just click below... http://myadaptivehabitat.com

What to Consider When Buying a Property in a Cold Climate

Because You Asked - How Important is a Sustainable On-Site Fuel Source for a Permaculture Property in a (Really, REALLY) Cold Climate? First of all - Thank you all for your responses and support for our new Adaptive Habitat property project here in northern Alberta!! We’re going to spend a few videos just answering some of your many questions… For example, Amanda asks: When purchasing land in a cold climate, would you consider a sustainable fuel source to be important for heating purposes? In this video, we answer Amanda’s question and then take it one step deeper… Our new property has acres of forest to manage, and a house that is super-retrofittable (two of our top criteria for our dream property). AND that house also leaks energy like a sieve right now (using as much energy as a building 5x its size!). So our first priority is to engineer our house to require as little fuel as possible…. How are we going to do that - and why is it a good general rule for any home in a cold climate? Watch this video and find out! ----- If you’re dreaming of going off the grid or building your own regenerative property, you won’t want to miss an episode of this video series. Join us as we make the land design journey real, right here: http://myadaptivehabitat.com

How We Found Our Perfect Property - and How You Can Too!

If you’re on the hunt for your perfect property - sympathies! It’s a thrilling, bewildering - and overwhelming - process as you research and compare the features of all the potential lots you explore, while you navigate family, work, and the rest of your life. If you aren’t super-clear about what you’re looking for and why, and keeping all your options organized, you can wind up in an awful muddle. Believe us, we’ve been there! It took us 10 years to find our perfect property…and that was with a tested and proven 5-step process that made all the difference. How did we do it - and why did it take so long? Well, during those 10 years of exploring possible acreages, we weren’t just flailing around. We were also establishing our business and our family, raising our babies, and building our savings. Were we ready to move right then? No way! When the time was right, we ramped up our search. So we were taking purposeful, intentional steps at every point of the way, following the guidelines we’d laid down through our process. And in this video we’ll be sharing how we did it - and how you can do it too! It’s part of our ongoing real-life Adaptive Habitats family story. If you’re dreaming of going off the grid or building your own regenerative property, you won’t want to miss an episode of this video series. Join us for our latest episode of making the land design journey real, right here: http://myadaptivehabitat.com/

What's the First Thing to Do When Designing Your Rainwater Harvesting System?

When designing your rainwater harvesting system, the first you should do is build a site plan. A site plan is (i) probably one of the most important tools to help you with the proper design and spatial layout of your system, (ii) an indispensable resource during construction, and (iii) used to effectively and very simply convey information to contractors or others helping you during installation. In this sneak-a-peak version of the full lesson, Michelle discusses the importance of building a site plan and how to build one using a base map, an architects scale ruler and data overlays. The full lesson is found only in our Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/produc...
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