Issue three, here we are. Pip Magazine is now into its second year of publishing and it is growing strong. What began as a crazy, out-there idea is now well and truly a happening thing. As they say, it takes a community to raise a child, well it takes a community, a permaculture community, to raise a Pip Magazine. Yes, there are few key people that pull it together and make it happen but it is the whole permaculture community that support it and help it grow.
If you the reader didn’t buy the magazine we wouldn’t be here. If all the people that gave to our crowdfunding campaign didn’t do their bit, we never would have printed the first issue, if all the newsagents and stockists didn’t have Pip on their shelves people wouldn’t stumble across us and if you didn’t tell your friends, families and colleagues about us, people wouldn’t know we existed.
Then there are all the amazing people who give their time, knowledge and ideas to help create the magazine. Pip is really just a big collection of shared information from the permaculture community. Each article is a contribution to our community to help us all live more sustainably and more self-reliantly and these articles are there to inform and inspire us.
Then there are the special people without whose hard work the magazine wouldn’t happen. Firstly, Paul Goodsell, who spreads the word of Pip to the world through social media and is always there for a chat, always supportive and always full of great ideas of how Pip can run more smoothly. And Bernadette O’Leary; forever patient, forever meticulous, who gives so much time, going through each and every article, checking for consistency, flow, grammar and spelling.
There are a lot of articles, that get sent to her at all hours of the day and night and they all come back; to the word limit, correct grammatically and without spelling mistakes. Then there is our designer, Miriam McWilliam, who I send all the pages to in a big flurry with a really tight deadline and she lays them all out and makes them look beautiful and gets it all done on time. Thank you to each and every one of you.
I feel this is our best magazine yet. With so many interesting topics covered, including informative articles about bamboo, ferments, compostpowered showers, holistic management, DIY body products and even how to declutter your home, permaculture style. Then there are all the profiles of inspiring people and groups that are doing great things, things that some of us might get inspired to do in our own lives.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue and you add it to your collection to refer to when you need ideas and inspiration for how to live more sustainably using permaculture ideas and principles.