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Verge Permaculture
Verge Permaculture
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227 Fonda Way SE, Calgary, Alberta, CA
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

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Verge Permaculture

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Urban, Rural, Residential, Commercial, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

VERGE PERMACULTURE is a Calgary-based company that specializes in a systems design approach to sustainable human habitat and a focus on interconnected elements: low energy buildings, water management, waste re-use, renewable energy & food production systems. We are passionate about helping Canadians regenerate degraded landscapes, build topsoil and improve our surrounding ecologies so both ours and future generations can lead healthy lives and benefit from natural resources. We are excited to be offering permaculture courses and looking to inspire people to embrace integrated solutions and empower them to bring connected design concepts into their own home, businesses and lives.

Project Description


Discover Our Practical, Hands-on Solutions For Beyond-Sustainable Change For Yourself, Your Neighbours, Your Community, And The World!

Climate change. Tar sands. GMOs. Massive drought. Faced with world-threatening issues like these, many people numb out in hopeless overwhelm.

But we're guessing that - since you've landed here - you're among the stubbornly hopeful tribe of practical dreamers who are looking for effective, do-it-yourself solutions. Real-world solutions that start right here, right now, to create a more sustainable home, resilient community and healthy ecosystem.

Maybe you’re looking to cut your energy use and invest in solar or wind power. Maybe you're imagining what it would be like to keep backyard chickens, start composting your kitchen scraps or grow healthy food on your front lawn (or a year-round garden in your passive solar greenhouse). Maybe you’ve even got ambitions of recycling your wash water, or living in an off-the-grid strawbale house!  

If you've ever asked, "How can I create a sustainable livelihood doing something for the earth, something I love?" -- or "How can I set up a small-scale farm?" -- or "How can I harvest wateror stop erosion?"  or even just "What is permaculture?" -- you’re in the right place.

Verge Permaculture provides the answers you’re looking for: practical answers based on the idea that humans and nature can work together. As engineers and long-time permaculturists, we’ve been transforming our inner-city Calgary house into a permaculture demonstration site since 2009. We’ve asked and found answers to many of your questions.

We’ve travelled the world to learn about - and implement - renewable energy design, sustainable agriculture, landscape re-hydration, food forests, and biological waste-water treatment with some of the best known permaculture experts.

And we’re passionate about giving you the tools you need to create positive, sustainable change in your life and your community. Tools like…

  1. 1. Tons of free resources – articles, videos, and our irresistible blog

  2. 2. Exciting, affordable courses taught by us and our favourite internationally-known permaculture experts

  3. 3. Design and consulting services

  4. - in-person and by-the-phone

We provide solid, proven, real-world theory combined with hands-on, dirt-under-the-fingernails training. Training that you can put to use right away in your own home or garden to feed your family or to create a sustainable income. Training that puts the power for change in your hands…

Browse our site, check out our blog, videos, sign up for our newsletter, meet our team…and discover just how you can create positive, sustainable change for yourself and your community!



Rob & Michelle Avis







Letters from Rob from Jordan: Part I - First Day

In mid September, 2011, I headed to Jordan to attended the tenth international permaculture convergence (IPC 10). This is Part I.

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Photos and Stories from the Fall 2011 PDC (1/3)

What have our Fall PDC students been up to this year? Discovering the "edge", building compost piles,learning rural design, participating in a permablitz, installing an urban back-yard forest garden, eating pizza from our cob oven, and much much more! Rea

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