My name is Paul and I live in Cornwall in the far SW of the UK with my beautiful wife Jules and our three dogs. We have been of no fixed abode for the last 15 years and as such we don't have a garden but we do have allotments and we are trying to learn as much as possible so we can be more self reliant in the future. Our dream is to buy a small piece of land in Portugal and build a low impact home and live a very simple life that requires very little input from the outside world.
I was put off the idea of permaculture for 20 years until I heard Jack Spirko talking about it on his podcasts. I always thought it was some hippy rubbish involving rituals and dancing naked at midnight or something but Jack taught me it was more about science and common sense etc.
I wish I could have heard Jack's podcasts back in the 80s when I first became aware of the term. I would be a lot further forward in life now if I did.
Thanks Jack. You have done more than most to bring permaculture into the mainstream.
I have scrambled eggs every morning and I have started adding 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric and black pepper to that and also a little cayenne pepper . This way I know I am getting turmeric into my diet every day. We also make up turmeric paste and keep it in the fridge. We add this stir fries and soups/stews and we also give it to our dogs in their food.
Wow Troy. Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a comprehensive reply. I am going to take some time to re read your definitions and come back with further questions.
There seems to be quite a lot of overlap between the principles and whilst I was reading your post I was imagining a mind map with all the inter connections between all the concepts. I might have to start drawing up such a diagram so I can start getting all these connection right in my mind.
I suppose the most valuable thing to come out of the principles is that it encourages you to stop and think before you do things.
I would just like to say that I have not done a PDC although I am fascinated by permaculture and I am trying to incorporate permaculture principles into my life. I find some of the principles difficult to transfer into real life so it would be really helpful to me and hopefully others if we could start a conversation about the practical application of the 12 principles not only in the garden but in everyday life.
I am finding it difficult to find decent explanations to each of the principles.