Hello and welcome to Survive and Thrive with Permaculture. Our goal is to help you to be better prepared for emergencies, disasters, or life in general by applying Permaculture principles.

What is Permaculture? I’m glad you asked. Permaculture stands for Permanent Agriculture, and it is basically a relatively new thought process for designing self-sustaining systems that produce food for you and benefit the environment. It is the next step beyond organic farming; or in other words, you work with nature instead of against it.

Permaculture is a lifestyle choice that changes the way you see yourself and the world you live in. After learning the basics, you will begin to see problems become solutions, waste turn into potential resources, and how your ideas can actually change the world: starting from your own backyard!



My name is Kenny Bradley and I am a current Electrical Engineering student. I love building things and solving problems. I live in Northern Utah with my beautiful wife, with whom I have been happily married for almost a year a half. We are expecting our first child in September.

I became interested in survival when I was a young boy after fulfilling the requirements for my Wilderness Survival merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America. One of the requirements was to build a shelter and sleep in it overnight. I learned the importance of being prepared with knowledge and tools before being in a survival situation. I began stocking up on tools and learning all I could about being prepared for emergencies and natural disasters until I went to college.

Then, I read Dave Ramsey’s book “The Total Money Makeover.” I started following the “Baby Steps” and became financially stable. I realized that surviving a natural disaster is a lot different from surviving college, finding a job, or even getting married. I began to feel empowered because I realized that I was in charge of my own money and destiny.

After finding a job when my 2-year scholarship expired and getting married, my wife and I moved into a nice little rental property next to my parents. In fact, my parents own the rental property, and we get a discount if we help with yard work.

We moved on to the next chapter in our life when my wife became pregnant. She start taking prenatal vitamins and an adrenal drink that Kristen Bowen recommends in her website “Living the Good Life Naturally.” During a black Friday sale, I noticed a deck of playing cards labeled Permaculture at the register. I had never heard of permaculture so I Googled it.

The more I found out about it the more I liked the idea. I set up an indoor composting bin to reuse kitchen waste instead of sending it to the landfill. I started collecting cardboard at work and wood chips to keep the weeds under control. I let my chickens out of the coop and into a paddock. Not only did my environment improve, but so did my mood and health.

I began to thrive.


Permaculture can be applied anywhere. If you don’t believe me, then watch Geoff Lawton’s video “Greening the Desert.” Even if you don’t have a lot of resources to work with, you can still start something amazing.

Most of the content that I’m going to post will be preparedness and permaculture projects that I have or are currently working on. You can feel free to copy my ideas and make them your own and please do. Tell all your friends as well!

Preparedness is almost always a depressing topic for most people, but with the optimism of permaculture it makes it a lot more exciting.


We are here to be an additional resource to help you in any way we can. Whether you have questions about survival, natural ways for better health, financial problems, or permaculture we are he

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below. I will be more than happy to help you out as best as I can, or at least I can point you in the right direction where to find out for yourself.

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best,

Kenny Bradley

Founder of Survive and Thrive with Permaculture

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