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Each year, Pip recognises the individuals and organisations who are digging deep to create important and positive change. From scores of nominations, and after long and robust conversations, Pip is delighted to announce the people and organisations who best represent permaculture’s three key ethics of earth care, people care and fair share. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Project Of The Year – 10 X 10 COBARGO


After devastating destruction in the small New South Wales town of Cobargo during last year’s Black Summer bushfires, a project has grown from the ashes in a bid to help rebuild the community. Dubbed 10 x 10, it’s a collaboration between the Cobargo Community Garden and supportive community groups and will see ten fire-affected households provided the materials, knowledge and support to build and maintain a ten-square-metre vegetable garden. Held over ten weeks, organisers also hope the project will make the Cobargo community more resilient through the food-growing skills, but also help to rebuild important community connections.

Project Of The Year will be featured in a 2022 issue of Pip magazine!

Business Of The Year – THE SOCIAL OUTFIT


A fashion label based in Newtown in Sydney, The Social Outfit is a not-for-profit enterprise providing support, training and employment to refugees and new migrants. Celebrating their creativity, refugees and migrants are educated in all aspects of the business, from design and clothing production through to marketing and retail. The garments and accessories are created using fabric donations from Australia’s manufacturing sector. More recently, The Social Outfit has campaigned the federal government to increase the humanitarian quota of Afghan refugees, pledging they will facilitate support, training and employment for new migrants.

Business Of The Year wins a Pip Media advertising package!


Permie Of The Year – MANDY MILBURN

Dedicated to building resilience and food security through respectful community connections, Mandy Milburn is creating important and positive change. As the chair of Kununurra Community Garden, Mandy engages with school and community groups and uses permaculture to foster a strong sense of belonging and illustrate the importance of sustainable practices. She encourages respect among a diversity of cultures, and supplies a meal for the community to share together. She has recently received funding to recycle fridges into garden beds which are donated to empower community members to have less reliance on supply chains.

Permie Of The Year will be profiled in a 2022 issue of Pip magazine!



Over 330 years ago, a ferment called kvass was Russia’s most commonly consumed drink. In fact, it can be traced all the way back to ancient Egyptian times, well before Russia was even on the map!

We show you how to turn your leftover bread into this delicious and nutritious effervescent drink, starting page 44



Turn a worn-out cotton T-shirt into a continuous ball of yarn that’s perfect for tomato ties. There’s a few ways to make a continuous strip from a single shirt, but we’ve found the easiest way is by sliding the shirt over the end of an ironing board and, starting from the bottom and spinning the shirt around the board as you go, cutting a two-centimetre wide strip until you reach the top. You can remove the hems and sleeves before you start, but it’s not essential. Once you’ve finished cutting, simply stretch the fabric lengthways as you’re rolling it into a ball, and the cut edges will roll in on themselves and form a strong and flexible yarn that won’t damage plants.



This powerful quote is from Eva Orner’s documentary Burning, which has been awarded the Sydney Film Festival’s inaugural Sustainable Future Award. Chosen from eight films from around the world, the Aussie doco was awarded a cash prize of $10,000 for “deepening the knowledge and awareness of the impact of the global climate emergency.”

The film is showing in November as part of the festival at Sydney’s State Theatre and the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremourne. Head to for details


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