I am so happy that you are holding this magazine in your hands and reading it. It has been a long time in the making, growing from pip to peach, and here it is present in the world, sitting in your hands.
The idea of doing this magazine first came up while I was doing my Permaculture Design Course a few years ago, when I was seven months pregnant with my third child. After much discussion and encouragement, I knew by the end of the PDC that this was going to be my contribution.
Since then, I gave birth to my daughter at home in the converted shed we were living in; my partner and I have renovated our house, making it more sustainable; we’ve slowly started implementing the design I created in the PDC; and we’ve enjoyed growing our little family. In the spare moments that exist around all that, this magazine has slowly grown.
Throughout its creation, I have met many awesome people and learnt so much from them. In the process of researching for our ‘story of permaculture’ article I spent a day with David Holmgren. I talked to him about the big picture of permaculture: its history, the full breadth of its meaning, what its role is in today’s society. I was really inspired by what he said.
According to David, living more simply – consuming less and becoming more self-reliant within your own household and community – is actually one of the most powerful things you can do to create a more sustainable future. In doing so we may inspire others to live similarly, and at the same time have less impact on the planet. Permaculture has always been focused on how we change the world taking positive steps, rather than focusing on stopping the world we don’t want.
This is where Pip magazine comes in – its aim is to inspire people to live more simply, yet more richly, by practising permaculture in all its many forms. The magazine is designed to educate, inform, inspire and encourage all of us to take those steps necessary to move away from the consumption economy, and help protect the planet from the unsustainable growth that is currently being encouraged.
I have included in this first edition stories and people I have come across during my journey of bringing it together; some nearby in my local community, and others from right across Australia. I am keen to get stories from every little pocket of Australia and from overseas. I want to hear what is happening in your corner of the world and what great things people are doing.
This magazine is for you and me and the whole permaculture community, so let me know what it is that you want to read about. Tell me who is shining in your community, the projects that are happening and creating positive change, or about great ideas you want to share with others.
This is our magazine. I hope you enjoy it.