Editorial

Hey peeps,

I’m writing this in the spring sunshine enjoying the signs of the garden coming to life. I have roosters, chickens, guinea pigs, birds, bees and a dog for company. I always like to get away from my desk when I write the editorial so I can get some space and reflect on the issue we have created.

In this issue we have brought together a collection of inspiring and informative articles that we hope will be useful on your path to living more lightly on the planet. If you’re reading this, than I assume you probably have some interest in caring for the environment, the planet and all that live on it.

This issue is designed to expand your knowledge and hopefully give you some fresh ideas that you can implement in your lives. We all know the bigger system is pretty stuffed and we can often feel a bit hopeless and helpless in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.

What we want to offer are stories of hope. Stories of people doing good in the world, people who are making a change and, in doing so, are offering an alternative to the industrialised system. We meet Simon Shulz (Shulz Organic Dairy, page 52) who is selling organic milk in reuseable glass bottles. We meet Tara Luca (Slow Flowers, page 64) who is bucking the trend of unsustainable farming practices and joining a growing number of flower growers in a slow flower movement.

We also share with you practical information about how to make the most with what you’ve got (Visible Mending, page 70), grow more food (A Bountiful Garden, All Year Round, page 26), homesteading (Make Your Own Dairy Staples, page 42 and DIY Bathroom Basics, page 60) and how to best care for your animals (Natural Beekeeping, page 76 and Summer Chook Care, page 16).

Now I know these things alone won’t save the planet, but what the world needs right now is more people making the changes they can to their everyday habits and in their everyday choices. I hope this issue gives you some ideas.

Happy reading and may your summer be bountiful.

Warm rhubarbs,

Robyn

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