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Rob Avis
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Climate Zone:
Cold Temperate
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Verge Permaculture

Verge Permaculture

Calgary, CA


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Love Creek Center For Permaculture
Barb Hazenveld Cathy Brehaut Snell Chris Hill Craig Sponholtz Geoff Lawton Jesse Lemieux Jester Suzuki Joel Laforest John Pattison Jordan Saunders Joshua Baker Kevin Longeway Kirsten Bradley Martin Stares Nick Ritar Patrick Sorfleet Simon Chauvette Teresa McLaren Tommy Mikalson Vance Barritt
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About Rob Avis

Rob Avis is owner of Calgary-based Verge Permaculture.

A graduate of mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Rob started a small renewable energy consulting business in 2004. His interest in sustainability, a desire to explore and uncover insights and practical solutions has since resulted in research trips to Europe, North America, Central America and Australia.

Offering a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the world, Rob's portfolio includes visiting numerous permaculture sites in Australia and volunteer work at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, a six month sabbatical learning about renewable energy systems at a Non-Profit in Denmark and off-the-beaten track travels throughout Mexico examining sustainable agriculture practices. He has hands-on experience with numerous concepts including: strawbale buildings, Earthships, passive solar design, wind turbines and solar power & heating. However, he also understands and emphasizes the importance of biological systems: soil, water-harvesting, landscape re-hydration, composting, growing food, greywater and biological waste-water treatment.

As a speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses, Rob is keen to share his passion and vision. He has been invited to guest lecture at the University of Calgary, taught workshops in partnership with the non-profit Green Calgary, and now teaches the full permaculture design certificate with courses planned cross Western Canada.

When not teaching or consulting you'll find Rob in the basement experimenting with ferments (baking bread & brewing beer) or foraging in the garden.



We bought a farm....

Posted over 4 years ago (0 comments)

Photos of Verge HQ in 2011

Since Fall of 2008 we have been developing our urban homestead in the cold temperate climate of Calgary, AB, Canada. From the tricky chinook winds, to massive hail storms, to -30 or colder, there is a lot to take into consideration here.

Posted over 12 years ago (2 comments)
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My Permaculture Qualifications
PDC course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Doug Bullock
Location: Bullocks Permaculture Homestead
Date: Aug 2008
Other course unverified
Water Harvesting
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Brad Lancaster
Location: The Farm
Date: Sep 2009
Other course verified
Earth Works
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Feb 2010
Other course verified
Type: Soil Biology/Compost
Teacher: Paul Taylor
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Feb 2010
Pri verified
Permaculture Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Apr 2010
22 PDC Graduates (list)
21 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
7 Other Course Graduates (list)
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Climate Zones
Rob Avis has permaculture experience in:
Cold Temperate

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