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Editorial

Hello faithful readers,

In bringing together this issue of the mag, I am reminded more and more that permaculture offers so much in the way of solutions to the challenges facing many of us today, from rising house and food prices, work and time pressures, and the industrialisation of our food systems.

In this issue, we meet people around the country responding to these problems by being more self-reliant and creating their own solutions.

When we read about Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones’ life and their bucking of the system in Neo-peasantry; a way of life, we see that we don’t have to be weighed down by the costs and demands of modern living. They live car free, have a modest-sized house and block, and use their neighbourhood commons for hunting, gathering, foraging and growing. They choose to live with less, which gives them the time to do more for themselves.

In Ecoburbia we see that we don’t have to be able to afford huge loan repayments on our own. Tim Darby and Shani Graham have creatively responded to the high cost of property by dividing their home into several separate rentable living spaces with communal gardens and common areas.

And just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t farm animals. In Urban Goat Co-operative we meet Angelica and her goat co-op members. They communally share the love, responsibilities and milk of their two goats in suburban Melbourne. By working in a co-op they have the pleasure of caring for and milking goats without the daily commitment that this would usually entail.

The most inspiring story of all is Rosemary Morrow’s profile, where we follow her remarkable life of service using permaculture to help communities in need all around the world.

I find the stories in this issue to be an exciting sign, that on many levels we can choose our own life way.

Happy reading.
Robyn

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