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We don't just talk about Permaculture, we 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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  • From the Farm
  • Mapping for Permaculture Design
  • All about composting
  • Verge Farm Passive Solar Greenhouse Build
  • Q&As - Ask Us Anything
  • 2020 Introduction to Permaculture
  • Chris Magwood
  • Brad Lancaster
  • Building Your Permaculture Property
  • Sustainable Development In Practice
  • Permaculture Design
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Permaculture and Water
  • Growing Good Business Interview Series
  • 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
  • Ideas on The Verge: A Collaboration between New Society Publishers and Verge
  • Everything Gardens
  • PDC Pattern Videos
  • How Permaculture Changed My Life
  • 8 Forms of Capital
  • Permaculture and Diet
  • 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
  • How To Build an IBC Wicking Bed - DIY
  • How to Harvest Rainwater
  • Passive Solar Greenhouse Design
  • The Groundswell Campus For Applied Sustainable Living
  • Make a Living With Permaculture/Farming
  • Verge PDC Grads Interview Series
  • The Eco-transformation of Our Urban Home

Rainwater Harvesting: Why Should Red Deer Care? A Presentation w/ Dr. Peter Coombes & Michelle Avis

Michelle Avis & Dr. Peter Coombes (https://urbanwatercyclesolutions.co... were asked by ReThink Red Deer (https://rethinkreddeer.ca/) to present to the Red Deer City Council, amongst others, on how Red Deer would benefit from implementing rainwater harvesting into their policies. Here is their presentation for you to enjoy! If you are interested in hiring Michelle & Peter to conduct a presentation on your behalf, get in touch by emailing Mitch (m i t c h @vergepermaculture.ca - no spaces in the name) OR if you are interested in learning more about the amazing benefits of rainwater harvesting and would like to implement your own design, check out our free intro course here: https://vergepermaculture.ca/produc... --- EDUCATION --- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ Permaculture Design Certification: https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Contour Map Generator: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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.

The Passive Solar Greenhouse of the Future is Being Built in Kamloops, BC

This greenhouse in Kamloops is the culmination of 10 years of research, design, and experimentation. For those of you who've seen this video on our channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoT... You'll recognize that Rob's dream of building a greenhouse x root cellar x commercial kitchen has finally come true. If you want to learn to do this yourself, consider checking out our Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... If you are on your way toward building a greenhouse and need some advice, Rob is available for consultations: https://adaptivehabitat.ca/book-an-... --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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 We Grow Cucumbers/Melons on a Trellis in our Passive Solar Greenhouse

Check out this video to learn how we (a.k.a Michelle Avis) grows cucumbers and melons in her greenhouse. In Permaculture we love stacking functions, and our use of trellising over otherwise unused pathways is an excellent way to do exactly that 😊 Have you heard about our upcoming Mini-Summit all about Passive Solar Greenhouses and season extension? Click this link to learn more: https://vergepermaculture.ca/2022-p... --- EDUCATION --- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ Permaculture Design Certification: https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Contour Map Generator: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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.

Mitch vs. Ben – Who can take the heat of Michelle’s hot peppers?

Michelle doesn’t mess around when it comes to the hot peppers in her passive solar greenhouse. She grows a number of different species, all of which pack some serious heat… Mitch and Ben decided to play a little game to see who could eat a thai chili without breaking face... Who do YOU think will win? 😉 Have you heard about our upcoming Mini-Summit all about Passive Solar Greenhouses and season extension? Click this link to learn more: https://vergepermaculture.ca/2022-p... --- EDUCATION --- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ Permaculture Design Certification: https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Contour Map Generator: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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.

Four Season Food Security Mini-Summit | You're Invited!

On Saturday, March 19, from 8:30am to 9pm, Mitch Rawlyk and Rob Avis will be hosting 6 recognized cold-climate greenhouse experts (with one talk from Rob, as well) to share tools and tactics you can use to design and build your own low-tech passive solar greenhouse – so you can harvest food for free that's fresh, year-round, even in cold climates! Learn more and register for free here: https://vergepermaculture.ca/2022-p... #wintergarden #greenhouse #permaculturegarden #permaculturegreenhouse #heatsink #thermalmass #smallsimplesolutions #regenerativeagriculture #growyourownfood #emissionreduction #passivesolar #passivesolardesign #passivesolargreenhouse #permaculture #permaculturedesign

Myths & Misconceptions of Rainwater Harvesting | Webinar Recording

Recently, Mitch had the chance to pose some prominent myths circulating the web to a panel of rainwater harvesting experts, and this is what they had to say. To watch the full webinar (1hr45mins long), register for the Essential Rainwater Harvesting Taste Test (register here: https://www.vergepermaculture.ca/ra... While you're there, don't forget to take advantage of all the other rainwater harvesting content contained in the Taste Test. Happy harvesting 🙂 --- EDUCATION --- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ Permaculture Design Certification: https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Contour Map Generator: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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.

Free Webinar | Brad Lancaster, Dr. Peter Coombes, Michelle Avis on Myths of Rainwater Harvesting

When you sign up for the Essential Rainwater Harvesting Taste Test, you get exclusive access to our upcoming free webinar, “Myths and Misconceptions of Rainwater Harvesting,” featuring our Live course co-instructors, the award-winning international rainwater consultant Peter J. Coombes and Verge’s own Michelle Avis, plus the global rainwater expert Brad Lancaster. It’s sure to be an eye-opening evening full of proven science that just isn’t widely available in North America. Check it out: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ --- EDUCATION --- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ Permaculture Design Certification: https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Contour Map Generator: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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.

The EASIEST and CHEAPEST Compost Toilet System | Permaculture Homesteading

Our essential rainwater harvesting course starts in January, click here to learn more: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain Guests, woofers, and visiting family members used our compost toilet all summer long and while skeptical at first, everyone who uses it eventually comes to LOVE the compost toilets. Even Ben’s mom when she came to visit left raving about how easy it was to maintain, how the bathroom always smelled pine-fresh, and how it just made so much sense in the big picture! There are a number of commercial compost toilets available on the market that will cost you a very pretty penny to purchase and install… But the system we detail in this video is BY FAR the easiest, cheapest, and simplest compost toilet you could ever build. Period. In fact, a crafty and resourceful human could build this entire system for $0 all in if they are able to source the right materials. While still gaining in popularity, compost toilets are an effective and holistic way of processing human waste and turning it into a valuable resource. Coupling this toilet with your compost piled with the correct ratio to get the temperature up above 60 degrees Celsius will ensure any pathogens and bacteria are destroyed, and you are left with a nutrient rich, sterile compost to top up your perennial garden beds with! References: 3:48, Riotemp thermometer 7:08, Humanure Handbook - John Jevins --- EDUCATION --- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/passiv... Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course: https://vergepermaculture.ca/rain/ Permaculture Design Certification: https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Contour Map Generator: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ --- BOOKS --- Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design: https://newsociety.ca/books/e/essen... Building your Permaculture Property: A 5-Step Process to Design & Develop Land: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... --- CONNECT WITH US --- Meet the Verge Team: https://vergepermaculture.ca/meet-o... Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ Build Your Permaculture Property: https://www.mypermacultureproperty.... Ideas on the Verge Podcast: https://vergepermaculture.ca/iov/ Building your Permaculture Property Podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/buildin... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... 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 inbox 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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