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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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Waste to Energy: Turning Trash Into Cash While Saving The Planet and reducing your carbon footprint.

DO you PAY to get waste removed, or does your waste SAVE you money on your heat bill? In this video I explore the new Eco-Growth vidIQ waste to energy plant which turns cardboard, food waste, paper, wood and pretty much anything commercial and industrial operations typically pay to remove into a resource that can save them money. This system has the ability to turn waste into free thermal energy for process or space heat. They are also exploring using the thermal energy into power through a rankin style tubing. One of the novel systems that they are currently exploring is using the CO2 combustion products in their urban farm which is situated next to the waste to resource skid that we explore in this video. Another video with more about Eco-Growth: https://youtu.be/VXXMZcsiDd4 About Eco Growth: Eco-Growth Environmental Inc. is a Calgary-based technology company focused on providing GREEN initiatives and solutions to environmental challenges through the development of innovate, sustainable technology. For more information Eco-Growth go to: www.eco-growth.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/ waste to energy, carbon footprint, carbon offset,

Free Introduction To Permaculture + We Got a Puppy

Register for the Free Introduction to Permaculture: https://lightcellar.ca/collections/... For more information on the Light Cellar: https://lightcellar.ca/ Dogs represent an important addition to a homestead and farm. They are our best workers when trained properly and this little girl is going to be the protector of our garden and our kids when they are playing in the woods. 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.

Creating The Permaculture Garden: Online PDC Excerpt

In this excerpt, we share the first of a multi-part series where we'll take excerpts from our recent online permaculture design course, and share them with you. Join the Newsletter: https://vergepermaculture.ca/list_o... Join our Teaching team, Rob Avis and Carmen Lamoureux (in our online classroom) for the first part of: The Permaculture Garden. 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.

Why Our Passive Solar Greenhouse Footing was built this way!

We have received a lot of questions about why our greenhouse footing was designed this way. In this video I will go through why we designed and installed a shallow insulated frost wall with 10ft. piles at 8ft centres. For more information on our passive solar greenhouse course go to: https://vergepermaculture.ca/course... Passive solar greenhouse, Passive solar greenhouse design, Passive solar greenhouse construction, 0:36 An important tool on your farm 1:07 Why a rain gauge is so important 1:55 Greenhouse foundation question: Why did you build it this way? 2:23 Walls but no floor? 3:14 Piles 3:40 Subterranean heating and cooling system 3:56 Why put the soil in before framing the greenhouse? 4:40 3-4 feet below grade 4:48 Horizontal insulation around greenhouse 5:02 2x6 walls, close to R20 5:09 Tin sheeting 5:19 Polycarbonate glazing 5:22 16 mil three wall 5:27 vents and motorized roll-up doors Check out our Merch store! https://teespring.com/stores/verge-... 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.

Waste To Energy on an Industrial Scale: Eco-Growth

This amazing tech turns biomass waste to energy, reducing costs and carbon footprint. In this video I interview Glen Smith from Eco Growth in Calgary Alberta. Eco Growth is one of the best examples of an industrial permaculture. They look at every waste stream and find ways to upcycle it. In this video I go through a system that Eco Growth can install in a number of locations to upcycle food, cardboard and other forms of biomass into thermal and even potentially power. For more information on Eco Growth check out their website. http://eco-growth.ca/ 1:33 It started with a wood boiler 5:28 Replacing cardboard compactor at a remote grocery store 7:08 Biomass fuel is carbon neutral 9:03 Addressing plastic waste with the same technology, and making useful stuff 10:46 Turning waste Wor Won Ton into useful stuff 11:43 savings from picking up dry waste vs wet, reduced hauling 13:00 Take a tour!! 13:18 Meet EGOR, the Eco-growth Organic reactor 13:38 1000 lb/day of food waste and turn it into 200 lb of dry “fluff” 14:39 processing dry waste streams - no more hauling cardboard! 16:00 80-90% of what goes into the dumpster can be processed 16:40 Conveyor & Hopper, construction and capacity 17:25 Boiler system 16:40, why there is no smoke from combustion 17:12 Boiler setup 18:04 Connecting to heat the client’s building with their biomass 18:48 Heating the laundry water DAILY using their biomass 19:45 The Gasification process 20:55 1000 lb of food waste becomes less than a pound of ash - ash removal 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.

Will Peak Oil Follow After the Pandemic?" Permaculture Design for Farms

Could we run our farm WITHOUT OIL? Oil prices are low now but when the pandemic is over and prices increase again, what do farms need to do to cope with higher costs? What would happen if there was a supply crunch and oil products were not available? During the pandemic oil prices hit an all time low of -$37 per barrel. This resulted in massive CAP-Ex cuts in spending and started a chain reaction of bankruptcies. One of the industries hit hardest was the shale oil and gas producers in the US that require relatively high prices to make money. To make matters worse shale gas and oil have very high decline rates which means if there is not a lot of money being pumped into wells to keep them running they start to taper off quickly. Covid has reduced the worlds oil consumption dramatically which has provided a lot of spare capacity. As the world starts to consume oil again will it hit peak supply issues again on the other side? No one knows, this article explores that issue. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Pri... As land managers our systems are dependent on oil as cheap labour. How would our farms need to change in order to operate with less energy? Permaculture designs with this in mind. Video: "The Oil We Eat" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcg... 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.

Are we Going to Buy a Sawmill?: Building Our Permaculture Property

Are we going to buy a sawmill? In this video I talk about processing the logs we just harvested and are prepping for milling. One of the first tools that we looked at buying was a portable sawmill but we have decided not to buy one. Instead we are going to work with a local sawyer who is going to help us to mill the wood we have. 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.

Soil Degradation and Living Soil Solutions, an Interview with Mike Dorion

Is soil degradation getting so bad that we only have 60 harvests left in our soil? Join Living Soil Solutions' Mike Dorion as he discusses the state of our soil and what we can do to ensure soil regeneration and sustainable agriculture in coming years! Topic links: 1:34 Importance of compost 2:10 Good soil ecosystem vs bad soil ecosystem 2:58 What is organic matter? 3:40 The state of our soil 4:40 60 harvests left? 5:27 The difference between dirt and soil 6:17 How does compost & compost Tea bring life back to dirt? 7:11 How long to change dead dirt to living soil? 7:56 Are you ahead of the curve? 8:58 What is the hardest part of your business? 9:26 Is there a promising business opportunity in living soils? 11:02 What are you most excited about with Living Soil? 11:58 Urban agriculture pilot program Mike's website: https://www.livingsoil.ca/ Compost Council of Canada http://www.compost.org/ 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.
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