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Welcome to the milestone of Pip’s 20th issue! An idea conceived a decade ago by founding editor Robyn Rosenfeldt who was not only committed to reducing her and her young family’s impact on the planet, but who wanted to inform, inspire and encourage people all around the country to do the same.

Through relentless hard work and from humble beginnings, Pip has grown from a great idea and flourished into a highly respected media company to which readers, followers and listeners turn to for well-informed and inspirational content whenever and however they want it. And as Robyn wrote in her very first editorial in Issue 1 back in 2014, ‘This magazine is for you.’ And we can’t wait to bring you the next 20!

Nominate A Permie!

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Pip Permie Awards where we recognise the individuals and organisations working tirelessly to create positive change. With last year’s awards curtailed by the pandemic, we’re back on track to acknowledge the people and the projects which demonstrate the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.

There are two coveted awards up for grabs; there’s Best Permie Project and Permie of the Year, with both recipients picking up great prizes.

To nominate a project or person doing amazing things, email us at with their name, age, location and contact details, along with a brief description of how what they’re up to demonstrates permaculture’s three key ethics. The winners will be announced in the final issue of the year.

Pip Tips

Get a head start next season by overwintering some of your favourite vegies. Here’s two that will respond really well.


As the days get shorter, let your healthiest and most productive chilli plants know it’s time to enter dormancy by reducing the amount of water (and food) you’re applying. Remove all fruit and flowers and, once dormant, consider replanting into a container which can be moved to warmer areas. Cut the plant back hard, leaving only 10–15 cm of stem.


If you’re in southern Australia or NZ, mulch heavily while the soil is still warm. As the first frost forms, harvest all remaining fruit of your most productive plants and cut them back to the lowest point of new growth. For best results, protect from heavy frosts during winter.

Close The Loop

Do you have any old plastic knitting needles laying around? Why don’t you upcycle them into a unique and fun bracelet for yourself or a loved one? In a pot of boiling water, melt the needle to the point where it becomes malleable, before carefully removing it and forming the desired shape around a timber cylinder such as a rolling pin. Keep in mind it may take a few attempts to achieve the right shape. A perfect homemade gift!

Did You Know?

Kangaroo grass, a native Australian grass whose seeds can be harvested, milled and used as an alternative to flour, contains 40 percent more protein and five percent more minerals than wheat.

Read how Bruce Pascoe is growing, harvesting and using native grains in our full feature, starting page 44.


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