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Letters To The Editor

Starting point

Thanks for your latest edition, I’m loving what you’re doing. I have saved my own seeds for years, but got slack after moving and was caught wanting when the pandemic caused a seed crisis. As a person who would only buy and use one packet of seeds, I was incredulous when I couldn’t source any – even online! Unfortunately, most people who bought up big on the seeds would probably never use that many, and many seeds got wasted. Thankfully, a few of my seed-saving friends saved the day.

I would love to see some more articles featuring Darwin and its surrounding areas. Our climate is a bit different to places like Cairns, Katherine, Kununurra or Broome. Soil health, like most tropical arid climates, is devoid of nutrients but, with lots of composting, we can get it into shape and grow lots of wonderful fruit and vegies.

It also amuses me that something like a southern-grown lettuce is really popular, when we have so many greenleaf alternatives common in southern Asia that grow like weeds up here in Darwin. Anyway, keep up the good work. It puts a smile on my face whenever your magazine hits the newsagent’s shelves.

Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor

We’d love to see if we’ve inspired you to embark on any projects. The letter of the issue will receive a limited-edition Pip magazine print featuring archival inks on textured, 300 gsm rag paper. Email your letters and photos to

Start where you are

Thank you for sending me a copy of your first magazine. I loved every page because Pip speaks to everyone who wants to live sustainably and not just to those who live on acreage.

I was listening to David Holmgren way back in the 70s and I wanted to live his way then, but it wasn’t to be. Now, at 74, I can and at last I am starting to put together a new and better way to live. It will take me a few months to get into the growing and habits of my new life.

I have so many ideas, I have just finished a course with Milkwood and I learned so much. I’m so glad I’ve found Pip to keep me on the right track. My youngest daughter lives on acreage and she and I are going to help each other – I’m on a small suburban block. I love what you and your team are doing to make a difference for so many people who have ideas and just need the way forward.