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.
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…
2. Exciting, affordable courses taught by us and our favourite internationally-known permaculture experts
3. Design and consulting services
- in-person and by-the-phone
- 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…
Rob & Michelle Avis
Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.
A member is a permaculturist who has never taken a PDC course. These cannot become PDC teachers. Members may be novice or highly experienced permaculturists or anywhere in between. Watch their updates for evaluation.
One of these badges will show if you select your gender and the "I'm single, looking for a permaculture partner" option in your profile.
People who claim to have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course somewhere in the world.
People who have entered an email address for the teacher of their PDC course, and have had their PDC status verified by that teacher. Watch their updates for evaluation.
People who’ve taken a Permaculture Research Institute PDC somewhere in the world.
People who claim to teach some version of PDC somewhere in the world.
With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.
PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.
The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to be involved in permaculture aid work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture aid worker experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.
The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to do paid permaculture design consultancy work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture consultancy experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.
Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.