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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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Innovative sustainable building: Endeavour Centre Tour

Do you wonder what sustainable building materials and processes make sense financially and environmentally for your construction or renovation projects? At the Endeavour Centre, an innovative sustainable building school in Peterborough Ontario, they research and teach the best natural building processes, products, and skills .Learn more about innovative sustainable building ideas in this Endeavour Centre Tour If you're building your homestead, you will want to use the most innovative sustainable building practices and materials. The Endeavour Centre conducts experiments on new building products and processes to find new and better ways to build in non-toxic and sustainable ways. In this video, Chris Magwood explains how the Endeavour Centre works and shows you some of their current innovative product development projects. 3:00 Programs introduction 3:38 Sustainable new construction and sustainable renovation education program 3:59 Innovative building materials development (research, prototyping, testing 6:08 Earthen floor experiments 7:07 Making wood stains 8:50 Shou Sugi Ban Wood Treatment 9:47 Peterborough Tool Library 11:21 Why not natural building? Websites Endeavour Centre: http://endeavourcentre.org Peterborough tool libraryhttps://www.ptbotoollibrary.ca/ Related videos: Chris Magwood Interview (Coming July 19) Chris Magwood Home Tour (Coming July 26) 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.

Homestead In A Box: A portable $100K eco friendly house

Owning a home is incredibly expensive, and the cost puts us deeply in debt for much of our adult lifetime. A homestead in a box is one example of how we could own a home, carry far less debt, and live far more cheaply than most people are now. We could live in an eco friendly house off grid, and live a sustainable lifestyle with far more space and comfort than in a tiny house. This video is a continuation to the video I did recently on debt. In this video I will discuss a project that I have thought about doing for a long time called homestead in a box. There are two main issues with regards to the way western society is set up, land access and debt. Because we live in a cold climate our housing needs are far more complex than in the tropics. This makes house construction more expensive which leads to the need for land ownership or long term leases. One way around this is to build a home that is moveable and suitable to the north. The homestead in a box features a container home, yurts and a passive solar greenhouse. All of these components would be designed to easily taken down, packed up and shipped to site which gives options to the owner with regards to land access. Agricultural land in North America can be as inexpensive as $50/acre/year which means if you can invest in infrastructure like a homestead in a box that facilitates comfortable living, your land costs can be very low. portable homes system allows the owner to move as required should the lease come due or if their situation changes. Retrofitting a small town: https://vergepermaculture.ca/2013/1... 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. #tinyhouse #containherhome #shippingcontainer

Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Pt 2/3: Heating, Glazing and Ventilating Greenhouses

Your passive solar greenhouse can mimic, and grow plants from a variety of climate zones, IF you design it to. You can grow food from a mediterranean climate, even in a cold climate! Learn how in this series of 3 videos! In part 2 of this 3 part series on how to design your passive solar greenhouse, Rob Avis describes how to design the ventilation, heating and glazing of a passive solar greenhouse. 0:00 Greenhouse foundation 1:54 Knee wall & Ventilation 4:20 Ventilation design 5:24 Glazing 7:13 CRITICAL grazing rule! 7:32 Light 10:27 Insulation 12:04 Vapor control critical 13:28 R-Values 15:54 Thermal mass 17:54 Thermal mass rules of thumb 23:52 Subterranean heating and cooling system 23:51 Heating Passive Solar Greenhouse design 3 part video series: • Part 1: Design your greenhouse to mimic the climate and grow the plants you want https://youtu.be/4-ivA6fh7oo • Part 2: Heating, Glazing and Ventilating Greenhouses (you are here) • Part 3: (July 22, 2019) Take a free Intro to Passive Solar Greenhouse Design: https://www.smallfarmacademy.com/a/... Buy the greenhouse design tool: https://www.smallfarmacademy.com/a/... 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.

DIY Solar BBQ Prototype with a Solar Cooker heart!

Our solar cooker is great but making the regular changes in position to optimize the solar energy is challenging. We’re working on mounting the cooker in a BBQ to make it easier to turn towards the sun and keep our food cooking! A while back we bought a solar cooker from https://gosun.co and we love it.Like all solar devices, the cooker needs to be adjusted during the day to adjust for the sun’s movement from east to west, and for its changing elevation. The cooker is reasonably heavy so we were looking for ways to make the adjustments easier. We are working on mounting the cooker inside a regular BBQ which should make the adjustments easier, and provide protection from the weather between uses In this video, we introduce the Gosun solar cooker https://youtu.be/kFmK2sxDrFM?t=154 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.

Searching for Bill Mollison: Exploring the Tucson swales

Rob and Takota explore the Tucson swales, an “oasis” in the deserts outside of Tucson, created in the dirty 30’s as part of a Federal make work project, and the swales are still functioning today! Take a detailed video tour of this amazing swale, and learn how to maximize available water even in an extremely dry climate. Bill Mollison introduced the swales to us in his "Global Gardner" videos (link below), using them as an example of what can be accomplished to bring life to even the seemingly driest of ecosystems. After the swales were constructed in the 1930's, no maintenance has been done, they have just been left to nature. In this video, Rob and Takota's tour of the horseshoe swale will amaze you with many examples of sustainable biodiversity that the swales have facilitated, then discuss how permaculture principles and concepts of permaculture design could be applied to create even greater abundance in this extremely dry climate! Some topics discussed 2:10 4 eco system processes 8:07 Walking over the swale - vegetation changes 13:41 Takota and Rob discuss their observations of the swale 31:37 Applying the 5 step permaculture process to this dry ecosystem The original “Global Gardener” video by Bill Mollison https://vimeo.com/ondemand/globalga... CCC Swales on Google Maps https://bit.ly/2WWDPkN Civilian Conservation Corps on. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil... 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.

The Grocery Story Conspiracy: Why Most Grocers Don't Care About Your Health

Huge grocery chains have significant control over how our food is produced and distributed. They don’t always do what its best for the consumer, but we can counter their influence and ensure safe and healthy food for all. In the years after turn of the 20th century, small local food merchants were replaced by huge grocery chains that took over the food distribution system. In short order, the chain stores controlled or influenced what food was available, where it came from, and what price we paid to feed ourselves.. Needless to say, our health and local economies were not priorities for the big chain stores. In this video rob chats with Jon Steiman, author of “Grocery Story” to learn what we can do about this and how we can work toward a sustainable and just food 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 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. food security food insecurity geoff lawton environmental science

Permaculture design in action: Calgary's First EcoSolar Tour

This Sunday June 9th, Calgary is hosting its first Ecosolar Tour. The 11 sites on the tour include demonstrations of passive houses, solar thermal, solar PV, heat recovery systems, interesting thermal envelopes in both retrofits as well as new construction, innovating daylighting, rainwater harvesting and food production. We look forward to hosting you at our site, we will have a cob oven and solar cooker going as well as a new batch of baby rabbits to come and see. For more information on the tour go to: http://ecosolar.ca/ #permaculture design, #eco solar 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.

Hybrid Solar Oven: Cook & Conserve Energy With / Without Sun!

Solar cooking is a great way to conserve energy but sometimes there is no sun which means cold food. This hybrid solar oven has an electric backup so you can use the oven even at night or on cloudy days. Oven developer David Chalker points out that the “Achilles heel of solar ovens is that no sun means no fun and cold food.” That is why the hybrid solar oven was developed, combining solar and kitchen oven technologies so you can have hot food when you want it and conserve energy too. A typical kitchen oven uses about 2200 watts to cook your meal while this hybrid uses only 465 watts, and can cook a 13 pound turkey, or anything else that can be cooked in a kitchen oven. This oven is great for people living off grid on solar or dc inverter as this oven can be used even on cloudy days, and is a great way for anyone to take direct action to conserve energy. There are two versions of the hybrid solar cooker 1. Sunfocus * The original hybrid on the market since 2004 * Made with plastic components 2. Ugli * The same technology inside the oven * Non plastic exterior * Not as pleasing to look at (thus the name) but all of the safety and functionality 4:40 Closer look at Sunfocus 5:32 Closer look at Ugli Detailed Sunfocus highlight video by Sun BD Corporation http://y2u.be/9gJx4GFhXsA Dave Chalker Sun BD Corporation http://sunbdcorp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/SunBDCorp 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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