I’m really excited about bringing this issue to you. I love every bit of its content and I love the new cover art by Nastia Gladushchenko.

It seems the interest in all the ideas and practices we explore in the pages of Pip are becoming more mainstream. And that was exactly what I hoped when I started the title.

I didn’t want to be preaching to the converted, I wanted to reach out to people who just had a bit of an interest in living more sustainably, whether that be by growing food, reducing waste or making natural products. I wanted to open up a whole new world to those people, offering them lots of ideas and inspiration for new ways of living.

And it seems that more and more people are coming on board. Interest in growing food has increased, like it has in reducing waste and in living a more localised life. It’s not just radicals out in the bush, either. It’s all of us; from the cities to the regions, to the coast and out to the desert. You can see this reflected in the stories this issue. There’s Yen in outback Northern Territory (page 80), to the Farm My School project in regional Victoria (page 68) and over to gardens in New Zealand drawing on ancient wisdom to design productive ecosystems (page 74).