Rob Avis

Establishing a Food Forest 3-Hour Session with Geoff Lawton (Calgary, August 14, 2014)

Geoff Lawton, the internationally beloved permaculture teacher, is headed to Calgary to film our site, so we couldn’t help but ask him to teach for us. Join us for this exclusive opportunity to learn from Geoff himself in this 3 hour session: “Establishing a Food Forest”! What: Establishing a Food Forest 3-hour session with Geoff Lawton When: August 14, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Where: SAIT Campus – MacDonald Hall […]

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Tips and Insights from Miracle Farms (Canada)

Recently Michelle, Rowan, Naomi and I embarked on a cross-country train trip to attend a family reunion in the eastern townships of Quebec. With a little extra time left over after the festivities, I decided to connect with Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms for a day, having come across Stefan’s work in the amazing YouTube video above. Over the course of the day, I gleaned some great ideas and tips […]

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Permaculture Business, Part 4: On Mentorship

If you haven’t done so already, you can read Part I, Part II and Part III of this series. by Rob Avis What would you have done differently? When asked this question, all of the experts resoundingly responded with the same answer that I give to people: I wish I had spent more time with a mentor before diving in. I get a lot of mentorship requests from my students […]

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Permaculture Business, Part 3: On Barriers

If you haven’t done so already, you can read Part I and Part II of this series. by Rob Avis A personal take on barriers to success As with any career or business, there are barriers to achieving success. It is important to be aware of as many of these barriers as possible so that you can avoid the pitfalls. One of Darren Doherty’s sayings is that you need to […]

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Permaculture Business, Part 2: On Opportunities

by Rob Avis Read Part I here! Opportunity is about seeing things differently What is amazing about permaculture is the number of solutions that are contained within the design system. I often say that the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) provides people with a solution matrix they can use to run their problems through. A lot of the time, these derived solutions are not considered in mainstream design professions. As an […]

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Permaculture Business Part 1: Tips from the Pros

by Rob Avis I’ve been running Verge Permaculture for five years now, and before that worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. Starting a business was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I didn’t know if Verge was going to work out, if anyone would hire me or take my courses, or if I could really make a difference. Keeping these experiences in mind, I […]

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Gains From Catching Rain In Drains: A Video Explanation Of The Rain Tank Project (Alberta, Canada)

This summer we installed our last major rainwater harvesting feature on our property. This rain tank is unique because it is integrated into our hardscape (patio) so it’s completely invisible to the untrained eye. In this video I talk about how it was built, how it fills, what we use it for and details on the drains and overflows. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Rob’s Modified Walipini

When a friend of mine told me that they wanted to build a walipini, my first reaction was, of course, “what the heck is a walipini?” The answer was simple: a walipini is an underground passive solar style greenhouse. It’s an innovative and potentially inexpensive way to grow food in our cold northern climate. When I checked out the pinterest photo though,  I noticed some major flaws in the design […]

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Permaculture Voices Mega-Conference (California, USA, March 13-16, 2014)

What is Permaculture Voices? It’s the world’s largest professional permaculture conference, taking place in Temecula, CA, USA, this March 13-16, 2014. In other words, four epic days of networking, inspiration and learning from some of permaculture’s greatest pathfinders. Come out and see our own Geoff Lawton speak alongside Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Paul Wheaton, Allan Savory, Toby Hemenway, Dr. Elaine Ingham, and many more. This will be one of permaculture’s […]

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Investing Like An Ecosystem

Over the last few years, I have been formulating my opinion on how to approach investing and what do to with extra cash. And I can’t believe how many people have told me in the last few months that they are anticipating another huge market correction basically any time now. Mulling all of this over (and with the help of a good forest analogy) I’ve recently developed a few key […]

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