Urban Farming & Cold Climate Permaculture in Calgary Alberta

Urban Farming & Cold Climate Permaculture in Calgary Alberta

Can you do permaculture in an area that can be 0ºc (32ºf) in the morning, and 21ºc (68ºf) in the afternoon? What if growing days could see as much as 16 1/2 hours of sunlight in a day? These are some of the challenges of growing food in Calgary Alberta, and in this video you will learn how an urban farm can thrive in this climate!

In this video I interview Carmen and Christian from Urban Farm School. In this interview, we cover the high points of their property and classroom. On their property, they are demonstrating rainwater harvesting, no-till gardening, food forestry, rainwater harvesting, season extension and hail protection structures.

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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/

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  1. Vanessa Wasik on September 2, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Carmen and Christian are awesome! Truly inspiring! So happy to have stumbled across this video

  2. raemckay on September 2, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for the work you do, Rob & Michelle. Thanks for the education and inspiration you provide. And thanks for boosting others like Carmen & Christian. Bright ideas and bright hope in a bleak winter and bleak outlook.

  3. Niquanne Watson on September 2, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Love this video. Beautiful

  4. Steve on September 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Having toured their incredible garden, the video only covers a fraction of some of the amazing things they’ve created and done. If you have the opportunity, I’d highly recommend setting up a visit and a tour – you will learn lots!

  5. Debra Martell on September 2, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    My first visit to your site and what a beautiful yard, so excited to look at all your videos, love all of your wood work, accessories that make your yard even more attractive, great job you guys just awesome !!!🐝🌺🌱

  6. Northern Homestead on September 2, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Beautiful garden and people!

  7. Wild Nature Farms on September 2, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Love them. Everyone needs a Mr. PISS in their lves…and I’d never even considered their shorter season.

  8. Tess2474 on September 2, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Love this video. Thanks so much for posting it.

  9. Ashioma Isu on September 2, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    This is amazing! I love it!

  10. Allie P on September 2, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Love this video. I think we live right around your area by the reservoir. 🙂 Your garden looks absolutely stunning, would love to learn from you!

  11. Debra Martell on September 2, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I am here in Ottawa so I am assuming if you can grow many different plants in a challenging weather system, I will be able to also, hopefully my husband will build some structures for me like yours 😊

  12. Neil Calliou on September 2, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I love these guys! Thanks for another awesome vid.

  13. In The House P*R*E*S*E*N*T*S on September 2, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    This put the biggest smile on my face!! Your garden and relationship are both equally inspiring!!! ☺️ Thanks for this great video!!

  14. Peace 2020 on September 2, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for informative knowledge everyone should know

  15. Studio 96315 on September 2, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Adorable, love from Lethbridge🇨🇦💖

  16. Yukey on September 2, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    My favourite kind of Permies…the kind with a glass in hand! Great to see you two and your systems!
    (now where’s the bar….)

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