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Pip Magazine

Issue 17

Pip Magazine provides simple, positive, practical solutions to living a more sustainable life. With articles on growing your own food, natural building,wholefoods, keeping bees, backyard chooks, fermenting, design, natural parenting and much more. Pip has profiles on people, projects, gardens, farms, houses and businesses. There are ‘how to’ guides, recipes, reviews, a directory and a kid’s section.

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VICTOR STEFFENSEN Victor is an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant, applying traditional knowledge values in a contemporary context. He is a descendant of the Tagalaka people, through his mother’s connections to the traditional owners of the Gulf country of north Queensland. Much of Victor’s work over the past 27 years has been based on reviving traditional knowledge values – particularly traditional burning – through mentoring, leadership and on-ground training within Aboriginal communities and with many non-Indigenous Australians. He is the co-founder of the National Indigenous Fire Workshops. EMMA-KATE ROSE Emma-Kate Rose is a mother, community advocate and social entrepreneur based in Brisbane, Queensland. She co-leads Food Connect and the Food Connect Foundation, a non-profit which runs events and advocacy campaigns focused on a fairer food system. Emma-Kate also works as program director…

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What a crazy year 2020 has been. As I write this in May, we’ve faced the worst bushfires on record, affecting hundreds of towns and communities across Australia. Now a global pandemic continues to have a devastating effect across the globe. Although our lives have been completely altered, it is amazing how quickly we adapt and start to accept this new normal. I want to start by acknowledging that this is an incredibly difficult time for a lot of people. Being forced to self-isolate has meant job losses, financial hardship, a rise in depression and mental health issues; and there have been the deaths of more than a quarter of a million people, worldwide. Let’s not forget those affected by the fires; many of whom are still living in caravans and…

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permaculture around the world

PERMAYOUTH permayouth.org Permayouth is a new space for young permaculture people (11–16 yo) to connect, teach and inspire each other. The Permayouth are dedicated young people who care about the future of the planet. They want to make a positive difference in the world through their everyday lives and see permaculture as a positive and practical way to achieve this. So far, they have held permaculture camps at Crystal Waters; met online via Zoom every two weeks with me (Morag) as their mentor; have been researching plants; they have written and recorded a song; started a book club; they are writing a permaculture recipe book; and they are teaching each other about permaculture. The group is planning a presentation at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in 2021; and will be creating youth hubs for…

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pip picks: things we like

THE GOOD CAR COMPANY The Good Car Company exists to de-carbonise transport by making electric cars affordable. By focusing on the import of quality second-hand electric cars from Japan and elsewhere, this company is delivering affordable, zero-emission transport, utilising vehicles that are in their ‘second life’. In 2019, The Good Car Company delivered Australia’s first electric vehicle bulk-buy, and are partnering with communities around Australia to create a step-change in transport. Upcoming bulk-buys will be occurring in partnership with Hepburn Wind in Victoria and SEE-Change in the ACT. Vehicles can be purchased individually or through a bulk-buy. The vehicle range is currently limited to late model Nissan Leaf sedans and the Nissan eNV200 electric van. www.goodcar.co From $19,000 LIFE IN A GARDEN: ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS FOR THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM By Ross Mars (Hawker Brownlow Education 2020) This beautifully…

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RETROSUBURBIA Permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren, has launched his bestselling book, RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future, published as a pay-what-you-feel online book. His decision is in response to the latest health and economic crisis, that has galvanised enthusiasm in permaculture and kindred circles. David hopes his book will inspire those who have been ‘stuck’ at home with digital access and time to read. online.retrosuburbia.com SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2020 Tour some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes on Sustainable House Day. A ‘sustainable house’, or ‘green house’, has been designed, built or renovated to be more environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. If you have worked hard to make your house more sustainable and you’d like to share this knowledge with your community, visit the website…

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brains trust

FIRE-AFFECTED GARDENS How do I repair burnt soil? After fire, there remains copious amounts of ash on the ground and this contains potassium carbonates and elements such as phosphorus and magnesium. This is beneficial to all gardens at the rate of one shovelful per square metre. Dig in with an eco-hydrating soil-wetter to overcome hydrophobicity. How do I make the right decisions about caring for fruit trees after damage from radiant heat and fire? Don’t cut back the burnt trees immediately after the fire-front has passed through. Always wait at least six weeks and check to see if there is life in the branches. Scratch the bark through to the cambium layer (the tissue layer just under the bark where plant growth occurs), focusing from the extremities towards the trunk. When dealing with grafted…