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Editorial

I’m really excited about the diverse range of articles included in issue two. We’ve got stories from all over Australia. People are hearing about Pip, and the word is spreading.

Our six sections have changed slightly for this edition. ‘Create’ has become ‘Thrive’, which is a section about earning a living and the ‘B’ word: business. Robin Clayfield’s article on the ethics and heart of social enterprise reminds us of all the ways in which businesses can choose to be ethical, and it offers a checklist of what to think about – whether we are running our own business or choosing businesses to support.

Beck Lowe’s article on growing your own meat is something close to my heart at the moment. We have just gone through the process of raising, killing, butchering and curing our own pigs. I did wonder, just before we did the deed, whether it would be too traumatic and I would have to become vegetarian. But the pigs were happy and unstressed right up until their last moment. This raised all sorts of questions for me about humans’ role in the food chain, and our right to take lives to feed ourselves. It is something as a meat eater I have always wanted to do, to be truly in touch with where my meat comes from.

There are also some really great stories about different people around the country, and what they are doing in their own neck of the woods. While it’s hard to make huge changes from the top down, it’s easier to make small changes in your own life, to work towards making a change in the world. Professor Stuart Hill’s article about meaningful change looks at what holds us back from doing this, and he provides an exercise that we can do to help identify options for meaningful change in our lives.

I am eternally grateful to all the people who have written articles, taken photos, offered advice and helped this issue come together: it is the work of many people. With everyone’s help, this little Pip is definitely growing.

I hope you enjoy the journey this issue takes you on, and that you find the time to sit down with a cuppa and enjoy reading about what is happening in the permaculture community around the country, and the world. And hopefully you’ll be a little bit inspired as well.

Happy reading,

Robyn

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