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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture was developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978.  It is an approach on how to gracefully work in harmony with nature by following and studying nature’s process when creating agricultural systems and human establishments based on three main principles: 


➤ Care for people 

Without a healthy earth, humans and living beings cannot thrive


➤ Care for the Earth 

Supply for living beings, to resources needed for survival 


➤ Fair share 

Not taking more than needed, unless leftover and unused materials are restored or replaced

"As it was in Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Tale of Two Cities, we can say that we’re now living in the best of times and in the worst of times. While there are many advantages that living in the modern world affords many of us, such as life saving medicines, we are also facing unprecedented challenges in our world such as worldwide deforestation, the pollution of our air, land, and water, natural resource scarcity, political and societal conflicts, and climate change.

Permaculture offers practical solutions that can help us meet many of these challenges and transition toward a better future for all of humanity. To do so, we must choose as a society to embrace the opportunities that we have available to work for positive solutions starting today.

We already possess many of the tools that we need right now that will empower ourselves to move forward in a direction of abundance instead of scarcity. That is very encouraging for many of us who can often be overwhelmed by all of the “bad news” that we encounter on an almost daily basis.

The following are just a few examples of how permaculture principles and design might help us to meet the challenges of some of the most vexing problems of our modern society. While these complex problems will likely require applying a number of solutions to “fix” them, permaculture can make significant positive impacts, and possibly even turn many things around for the better.

  • Drought

  • Pollution and waste

  • World Hunger and Poverty

  • Soil depletion, erosion, and runoff

  • Habitat fragmentation and wildlife extinction

  • Illnesses and health problems

  • Energy crises

  • Unsustainable agricultural practices

  • Pollinator populations in crisis around the world

  • Climate change"



To delve deeper into these topics, see the full article here.

At Thrive, we embody permaculture on all levels, through:

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