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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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Swales & Dams vs Floods & Drought: Regenerative Agriculture

Droughts and floods are two sides of the same coin, Takota has the solution! Every spring, life giving water flows to rivers from farmland, without benefitting the still frozen farmland, and potentially causing rivers to overflow their banks and cause a flood. On Takota's regenerative farm the swales, dams, and spring snow melt is used to speed the thawing process, extend the growing season, and provide water for irrigation and livestock even in dry years. Takota even shows how the gopher can benefit the growing season! In-video topic links: 1:15 Slide gate for flood irrigation irrigation culvert 3:13 Where the water comes from - snow harvesting for flood irrigation 4:12 Culvert & slide gate design and cost 5:11 Droughts and floods are two sides fo the same coin. The way to fix it is . . . 8:13 Using a penetrometer to test for the presence, or absence of frost in the ground 10:15 Thawing steaks and farmland 11:02 Speeding up the growing cycle 12:40 nutrients in the swale, harvesting nutrients without pumps 13:21 This swale can drain water from the dam, or fill it depending on conditions 15:20 Adjusting the height of the overflow 17:06 How do you handle the gopher problem? 18:47 Gopher holes speed defrosting! 19:58 it all starts with design, and we have some tools for you!! Takota's: • Website: https://www.coenfarm.ca/ • YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0... 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.

Live Q&A with Rob Avis and Takota Coen

Takota & Rob answer a wide range of permaculture questions in this live Q & A. By noon May 14 (MDT, UCT-6) a Review this list of questions/topics and click on the link for the topics that interest you, if you don't hve time for the whole video today! 09:35 Start: Rob 12:20 How can you tell how low the ice level is going to go in a pond 14:10 Tips for house hunters to look for in a home in terms of green retrofitability 19:54 Finish of Takota's answer to the ice depth question Quality Farm Dugouts handout (PDF): https://open.alberta.ca/publication... 26:02 What is a good ground cover forage mix to seed my chicken pens? - (Hub and spoke system explanation) Takota's "Gardening with Livestock" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbw... 31:35 "How is that greenhouse rocket stove hot tub dream of yours coming along?" 32:05 "Rob & Michelle worked for the oil and gas industry, have they looked at petroleum bioremediation using permaculture, particularly for tar sands areas?" 32:54 The wood gas fires that can bee used to run internal combustion engines with gas or diesel, can they also make bio char at the same time? 33:07 "Regarding the dugout question, do you run aeration year round?" 39:00 Permaculture community groups 42:30 "What species do you have in your green manure chop & drop veggie garden trail? Any recommendations for heavy clay?" 45:12 "Do you know any projects that have attempted petroleum bioremediation? Dr Terry Hazen: http://hazenlab.utk.edu/ Deepwater Horizon Explosion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkp... 46:48 Looking at buying land and worried about heavy agricultural spraying in Alberta • Pesticide free Canada interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vn... 55:57 "In your adaptive habitat process, any ideas on where to get started on your values and vision?" 59:55 "are you familiar with Mann's Organics?"\ They apparently use added microbe critters in with their crops and greenhouses. Do you have any comments about using microbes etc?" 1:04:00 "I was told I should look into 'Hairy Vetch' as a cover crop, any insights on this suggestions?" 1:05:00 "Can you recommend a realtor? Looking for a cheap, small 2-10 acre parcels 1:06:43 "Can you tell us what we should do if we are interested in creating food and space for animals now" 1:15:00 "I am burning food waste straight in trenches in my garden beds. Are there any problems with this?"

COVID Update To Now - What Happens AFTER the Shock?

What happens after COVID? How do we learn from this event? What does -$37 oil mean? Right now history is being made regardless of your opinion of the situation. We have seen what happens when a volatile event that no one predicted takes society at large. What would happen if it was 25% worse? What if it was twice as bad? How would our supply chains respond? These are the questions that I am asking myself. This crisis has undermined faith in the system and how we take care of ourselves. Wise people will be taking notes of the current events and trying to understand how to change their behaviour post COVID to insure that the next time a crisis happens they will be better set up. https://vergepermaculture.ca/pdc/ www.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.

Aquaculture and Water Storage For Flood Irrigation and Stock Needs: Regenerative Agriculture

Takota Coen's dugout grow minnows for chicken and pig feed, stores water for stock watering, flood irrigation and solar pumping to other parts of his property. In this video Takota shares some dugout design lessons he learned from hard experience, provides some dugout design tips, and describes some of his minnow harvesting strategies 0:00 Wet well 1:18 Dugout design tips from expensive lessons 4:09 Minnow spawning chambers 5:24 Minnow funnel trap 8:22 irrigation pump 11:24 Dugout location criteria Takotas website https://www.coenfarm.ca/ Takota's YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0... 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. Flood Irrigation, irrigation, farm dugout, water harvesting, minnow farming, aquaculture, regenerative agriculture

Live With Author Mark Anielski and Takota Coen COVID and Economics

A live Q & A with Mark Anielski to discuss what the world economy will look like after the quarantine is done. Are we headed for a contrationary deflation or hyper inflation? Will a period of stagnation emerge? How will governments float the economy? What will a kick start look like? How does the average person hedge against these forces? Mark's website can be found at: https://www.happinessroundtable.org...

What Will The Economy Look Like After The Quarantine? Interview with Mark Anielski Live on Youtube

Join us at 4:30 MT Live on YT with Mark Anielski https://www.youtube.com/vergepermac... to discuss what the world economy will look like after the quarantine is done. Are we headed for a contrationary deflation or hyper inflation? Will a period of stagnation emerge? How will governments float the economy? What will a kick start look like? How does the average person hedge against these forces? Mark's website can be found at: https://www.happinessroundtable.org... If you are one of the folks that still wants in to the online PDC send an email to info(at)vergepermaculture.ca . Please keep in mind that you will have a lot of catch up to do. About Mark: Mark is a Canadian economist specializing in the economics of well-being and happiness. He is the Chief Well-being Officer and President of his economic consulting firm Anielski Management Inc. based in Edmonton, Alberta. Mark is also the author of the award-winning book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth (2007) and his new book An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness (2018). Schooled in accounting, economics and forestry, Mark has provided strategic economic advice on well-being economics over the past 25 years to governments and corporations in Canada, the US, China, Bhutan, French Polynesia, Austria, and the Netherlands. His integrated five-capital asset model called Genuine Wealth (which means ‘well-being’ in Old English) is an accounting model being used by governments, non-profits and businesses to measure well-being impacts of policies and programs. He is one of the architects of the Canadian Index of Well-being and the Genuine Progress Index. 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.

Solar & Gravity Powered Livestock Watering and Flood Irrigation

Gravity and solar power move water to livestock and flood irrigate Takota's farm and in this video Takota shares the ingenious permaculture design that makes it all possible. Takota uses water harvesting strategies to capture snow from the spring melt, and uses it to water his livestock, to flood irrigate land, raise minnows for a cash crop, and help drought proof his regenerative farm. Topic links: 0:39 Pump line - self-priming open gravity system 2:30 Building the dam - water harvesting 3:38 Water level management 4:52 Storing energy with gravity instead of batteries 6:30 * Water can flow both directions * 7:52 New system features and stacking 9:23 Minnows in pond despite screens on intakes! 10:30 Gravity water system moves water over 2 quarter sections 11:16 Caragana trial 11:53 Bale grazing - doubled pasture production in one year 15:00 Why we bought a bale un-roller Takota Coen's 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.

Permaculture, Food Security, and Victory Gardens - Ask us anything

In this video Takota talks about food forests, ponds and flood irrigation. food security, renewable energy and root cellars. Get your property contour map at: https://contourmapgenerator.com/ We get on Youtube every Wednesday at 4:30 MT answer questions live.
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