Rob Avis

Rob Avis is the lead engineer and co-founder at 5th World Land Regeneration Consulting and is a leading voice in the land regeneration movement. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, interned at the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark.

Rob is also a renowned Canadian permaculture designer, consultant, and educator. He is the co-founder of Verge Permaculture, a company dedicated to grassroots education and project-based learning that empowers individuals to design and develop sustainable systems. His teachings focus on advanced permaculture design, soil regeneration, passive solar greenhouse design, and rainwater harvesting.

Avis is also a distinguished author and has co-written the book “Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design” with his wife and Verge Permaculture co-founder, Michelle Avis. He also frequently shares his knowledge and experiences through his articles and YouTube channel. View Rob’s Books.

Rob is also a top contributor on, a site dedicated to helping the world to build sustainable, resilient communities.

Saving seeds, especially indigenous varieties, is a major game-changer for humanity’s food security and the essential (and yummy and beautiful!) varieties of plant life on Earth. In a world full of challenges like changing growing seasons and an increasing population, we need smart solutions. And one of those solutions happens to be as old as time itself–saving seeds and embracing indigenous plants in our gardens. It’s like a secret recipe passed down through generations, and it’s got some serious superpowers.
So, you have decided to do more with your kitchen scraps, garden waste, and household organic matter. You have welcomed yourself to the beautiful idea of composting to create a powerhouse environment for your plants and future vegetables. Great choice! Composting is an eco-friendly and sustainable way to reduce waste and your environmental impact. Even though choosing the right approach to your composting can seem tricky, we’re here to help.
As a green-thumbed change-maker, doing what’s best for your plants and the environment is at the heart of every decision you make. Taking care of your corner of the Earth, without toxic chemicals, is the foundation of your work in this world.
Join us as we lay out the practical steps and critical questions necessary to consider when building your own resilient homestead and/or build your own antifragile life. Some would argue that we live in a historical period of disruption, but here at 5th World, we believe that chaos gives birth to innovation. Read along we write a new, resilient, antifragile chapter in our collective story.
Understanding the land you live on will enable you to build a property or plant a crop that works with rather than against the realities of an ecosystem, weather system, or geographical location. This knowledge is critical to the regenerative agriculture journey and essential in building an antifragile life.
Conversations around topics like soil health, carbon sinking, sustainable land management, and topsoil regeneration are no longer the exclusive domain of industrial scale farmers and agricultural scientists. Read along as together we trace the rise of sustainable agriculture in our collective imagination.
The 5th World team unpacks terms like Regenerative Agriculture, Permaculture, and Organic Agriculture for those new to the conversation.
Recently famed researcher Ernst Götsch sat down via Zoom to give some insight about the future of agriculture, drawing from his vast experience of life and work. Read along to learn more about his journey and to draw inspiration for your own regenerative agriculture journey.
Co-Founder Rob Avis began his career as a petroleum engineer. Read along to learn how this industrial energy expert reoriented his life and devoted his career to championing renewable agriculture, mobilizing a global permaculture revolution.