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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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  • Building Your Permaculture Property Q&A Sessions
  • Chris Magwood
  • Zero Carbon building
  • 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

Don’t be Distracted with Virus Conspiracy Theories, What can we DO to influence the recovery?

Don’t be Distracted with Conspiracy Theories about the virus outbreak. Listen to Rob & Takota discuss the practical steps you can take now! Friends, colleagues and acquaintances have been calling to ask our take on the virus pandemic and its impacts, and share what they think is happening. And never before have we heard so many different, elaborate theories…for example: Aid or interference from kindly or hostile extraterrestrials; a covert war against a corrupt secret government; brilliant advertising campaign by Big Pharma; X political group’s economic coup or takeover…and that’s just the start. But honestly, friends, these theories are a distraction from the real and pressing questions we need to be answering. Some of the smartest people we personally know (economists, engineers and data scientists) are raising the alarm bell about what happens 6 months from now when we try and resuscitate a demolished economy. Hear Rob Avis and Takota Coen's conversation, focusing on the difference between the sphere of concern (the worries that keep us up at night) and the sphere of influence (the concerns that we can do something about). We’ll continue to answer your questions, provide advice, and share the process we use to design and develop our own permaculture properties.

Raising Chickens Using Permaculture Innovations

Why would Takota plant fruit trees in his chicken pens? Find out why, and learn more creative chicken raising ideas in this visit to Takota Coen’s permaculture chicken farm. Coen farm is an innovative regenerative farm that focuses on producing healthy, nutrient dense foods. Click on the link below to earn more. Links to topics in this video 0:25 Predator protection using stacking functions 2:55 Why put Fruit trees in chicken pens 4:24 Mobile home vs Central hub system 5:25 Benefits from integrating the chickens and pigs 7:10 Why we will eventually breed our own chickens 8:15 sea Buckthorne Takotas website https://www.coenfarm.ca/ 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 drop-dead-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.

Permaculture and the Coronavirus pandemic

The threat from the Corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) and a looming global economic collapse is undoubtedly on your mind as it is mine. Food shortages, job security, overwhelmed healthcare and marshal law are but a few of the very real possibilities that we face. But as Michael Osterholm, an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease, succinctly put it in a recent interview: "now is not the time to be scared out of our wits. It is the time to be scared into our wits." All of the chronic and acute global problems we are facing right now can be ameliorated if not eliminated by following the prime directive of permaculture which is to: "take responsibility for your own basic needs and that of your family." In light of the desperate need for action and the social distancing measures that are fast becoming enforced worldwide, my colleague Takota Coen and I will be hosting a free weekly live Q&A session to answer your questions about how to build a permaculture property that can provide for your all your food, water, shelter and energy needs. Here are the details: Every Tuesday night from 7PM - 9PM MDT Rob and myself will host a free live webinar with space for 25 people on our newsletter list to ask any questions you want on a first come first serve basis. The video will also be streamed live to YouTube and other social media platforms where people will also have the opportunity to send in questions via email that will be answered in the event the 25 webinar attendees run out of questions. Questions can be anonymous if you wish. If there are no questions Rob and I will discuss some topic relevant to building a permaculture property like how to: Set and communicate goals that are realistic for you and your property Diagnose your property’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats Develop functional designs that strengthen resiliency, leverage opportunities and mitigate risks Make informed and strategic decisions with confidence and without remorse Establish benchmarks to monitor the sustainability and success of your development. Get our free open source property design tool and process: https://vergepermaculture.ca/landde... Get your contour map at: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ Donate if you got value: $5 - http://bit.ly/2mRYEd4 $10 - http://bit.ly/2Deg0Xx $20 - http://bit.ly/2rjHqtM Coen Farm: http://coenfarm.ca #covid19 #permaculture

The 5 Rules of Farm Scale Permaculture Design

Regenerative farmer Takota Coen uses examples from his farm to explain the 5 rules of permaculture design applied on a farm scale. Takota's farm showcases intelligent application of the 5 rules on his permaculture farm located in Central Alberta, Canada Topic Links: 0:17 Companion planting 2:10 Swath grazing 7:18 Design 5 Rules for combining ingredients that are sufficient, effective, & ethical 11:48 Rule 1: Any need of an element in your system that the element can’t get itself, results in work 12:09 Rule 2: Any yield of an element in your system that cannot be used by the system, results in pollution 12:33 An element is a plant, animal, or structure. They hall have needs and yields 13:17 Rule 3 Every element should serve multiple functions 15:42 Rule 4: Every function is served by multiple elements 16:44 Rule 5: If you break any of the first four rules, drudgery results, and drudgery is punishment for stupidity, and it’s YOUR fault. 16:56 The goal of design is . . . 17:41 Design applied to duckweed harvesting 18:14 Pond design and management 19:35 Duckweed: Why and how 22:33 Nutrient analysis results 24:51 Duckweed Discovery 26:38 Design causes the “this sucks” criteria to change! 27:18 Design concepts explain the fall of Rome, decline in fossil fuels, and why exponential growth is not sustainable. 28:45 Exponential growth 30:01 Book by Jeffrey West “Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies” Affiliate link: https://amzn.to/33jtq2h 31:22 When do organisms move in and out of an environment? 33:39 Cattails and phosphorus, free fertilizer? 35:52 “The Wolves of Chernobyl” 36:52 Monk Pipe - A water management device Takotas website https://www.coenfarm.ca/ 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.

Broad Acre Cold Climate Food Forestry in Action

In this video Takota Coen of http://coenfarm.ca take you on a tour of his broad acre food forest garden. The Coen farm produces seabuckthorn, buffalow berry, raspberries, currents, saskatoons, plums, apples, pears, haskaps, siberean peas, and soon to be a whole assortment of mast crops. Coen Farm is located in Central Alberta Canada which definitely has a cold climate! You can find out more about Coen Farm at http://coenfarm.ca 0:48 Trees timeline - from hay field to forest 1:37 Harvesting berries 2:42 Trees planted as shelter belt 3:14 Edible foods in the shelter belt 3:45 Stacking functions - sugar maple plantation 4:26 Why add Korean Pine? 5:50 Preventing sunburned trees 6:30 Tree water catchment pattern 7:25 Forest ecosystem - fast-tracking the successional cycle 7:51 Korean pine - expectations and results so far 10:51 Caraganas 11:10 Harvesting caragana seeds - why & how? 12:45 Ways to stack other systems into the caragana crop 15:10 Utilizing nitrogen fixation from caraganas, 20 meters away from them 15:30 Alnoculture - used for 1000 years Italy to grow grain and animals without degrading the soil. 20:33 How this area fits in the hub and spoke system 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. #Foodforest #Permaculture #Coldclimate #Foodsecurity

Building your Values & Visions Goal Statement - And Using It To Make Good Decisions

Our 1 page goal statement has played an important role in all of our decisions, including choosing our current property. In this video we will unpack it, examine what it includes, and talk about how we will use it to make good design and implementation decisions as our project goes forward. 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 8 Forms of Capital Link coming soon Our FREE planning tool you can use to plan your property! https://contourmapgenerator.com/ 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.

Designing Profitable, Healthy Regenerative Livestock Systems Using Permaculture

With his special pig feed formula, regenerative farmer Takota Coen gets great weight gains on his pigs and produces healthier meat, with HALF of the grains pigs are typically fed. This is an example of a Regenerative Permaculture Livestock System can produce high quality, healthy meat and be profitable. Links to specific topics: 1:55 Hub & spoke system-management 2:50 Milking the cow 4:15 Making pig feed for the next morning 5:05 Pig breeding 5:15 Fermenting chicken & pig feed 6:14 Adding skim milk, why this is important 9:23 The Romans used fermented grains in pig feed 9:45 Pigs eat scraps - “Garbage can with legs” (Bill Mollison) 10:23 Market size pigs with less grain and LESS COST as factory producers 12:33 Why only one pig litter per year - pig breeding 15:21 Selecting breeding stock 15:50 Genetic selection, random mutations, encouraging mutations 18:39 No straw in pen Coen Farm Website: https://www.coenfarm.ca/ 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.

Creating the Standard for Carbon Zero Homes in Canada!

Rob shares work he is doing developing Canada's carbon zero building standard for residential homes at a leading post-secondary school in Alberta Canada. He is helping create the future of sustainable homes built across Canada! 0:26 Projects 0:39 Canada’s carbon zero building standard for residential homes 0:55 Third Residential Living Building Challenge building in the world 2:59 Features of Canada’s first net-zero commercial building 5:18 SAIT Applied Research & Innovation Resources: The Living Building Challenge https://living-future.org/lbc/ S.A.I.T. Applied Research & Innovation https://www.sait.ca/research-and-in... Chris Magwood’s thesis https://www.chrismagwood.ca/uploads... Playlist of Chris Magwood videos on sustainable home design and construction https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li... Red list https://living-future.org/declare/d... Dead cat wind-attenuating microphone cover image by Victorgrigas - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/ind... 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 drop-dead-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.
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NEW! Verge's first online Permaculture Design Course starts April 14,2020. Our next in-person PDC starts on Sept 26, 2020. 
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