An Update

Yikes. I have been a bit neglectful of late, haven’t I? I’ve had a lot on my plate. A health scare – all good, things are now fine. Lots of work – the day job, the business, and Pip Magazine. I have tried to spend a bit more time outdoors on the bike and in the hills. Socialising fits in there somewhere. And, unfortunately, the blog has been the thing to give. No matter, it’s back in mind so I shall try and write more regularly. In fact, I have a lot coming up to write about. I am making a trip out to the block in the next week or two – over one of the long weekends – to do some work and camp a couple of nights. On my list of things to do:

– Build soil;
– Lay some temporary irrigation;
– Plant some fruit and nut trees;
– Perform an inventory on the scrap materials laying around the block; and
– Observe and interact some more.

In other news, I signed up to the Geoff Lawton Online PDC. I know, I know, now is probably not the right time to be taking something else on, but hey, it’s a once a year intake and seemed like good value for money. I have watched a lot of Geoff’s videos in the past and enjoyed them.

I am two weeks into the course and I am looking at pulling out. Thankfully they offer a full refund should you withdraw for any reason within the first 30 days. Reason being, I haven’t really got the time for it, and the course content so far hasn’t been enjoyable. Geoff, standing next to a whiteboard, marker in hand, looking like he is ready to write something on the board. Oh, the anticipation. But he doesn’t. He just drawls on and on, in broad terms, with few examples. Not my style at all. I love a good example, as he has given in many of his free videos; where he has performed case studies on permaculture designs in action. Explaining them thoroughly and in everyday language. I wished for more of that – and it may come later in the course – but I am not hopefully, and don’t want to miss out on the refund.

Anyways, that’s enough from me for now. I am working on a post about running a business following Holmgren’s permaculture principles that I shall post sometime over the next week. Until then, share the surplus.


Pip Magazine: Australia’s New Permaculture Magazine

As some of you know, I have been helping Pip Magazine to build their community for the past month. What is Pip Magazine? It’s Australia’s newest–and only dedicated–permaculture magazine. It aims to help people build, connect, create, eat, grow, and nurture their way to a better life and better world. Pretty noble objective, don’t you think?

To make Issue #1 a reality, we have used the power of crowdfunding to partially fund the cost of printing. Crowdfunding, using the Pozible platform, was chosen in the spirit of the permaculture principle, to “share the surplus”. It’s a way for people interested not only in permaculture, but sustainability, social justice, gardening, and food ethics, to make an impact on something bigger than perhaps their own projects. It’s a way for the community to (1) make a statement and (2) be part of something that aims to make a difference to the world.

Well, the crowdfunding campaign has been a great success. The initial goal was $9,500AUD and we’re currently sitting at just shy of $10,500AUD. The aim now, with only 35-hours to go, is to push it up to $13,000AUD. Pretty ambitious, aye? Well, with the power of community behind us it is a real possibility.

What’s in it for you? Well, by pledging $20+ you pre-order a copy of the magazine. Various pledge-points can also select some great gifts such as the Pip tote bag, permaculture calendars, ethically-made jewellery, Formidable Vegetable Sound System’s fantastic CD, “Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual”, and vouchers towards some great permaculture courses. Oh, and you’re helping get this great magazine off the ground!

To make a pledge:

The Pip Magazine website:

Follow Pip Magazine on Twitter:

Like Pip Magazine on Facebook:

Share The Surplus and Pip Permaculture Magazine

I may not have a large garden, filled with more produce than I need. But I have other surpluses. Skills, time and passion are a few things that come to mind. So I am sharing them. For the past week I have been helping Robyn Rosenfeldt with her great new permaculture magazine, Pip. I have taken on some of the marketing and social media responsibilities. It’s a real honour to work on something that I am genuinely passionate about. I haven’t felt this zeal since I launched The Kind Cleaner all those years ago. I love to see ideas—good, ethical ideas—come to fruition.

Pip is going to be a “place where people and groups from across the country can connect and share ideas, knowledge and experiences with one another and stay in touch with the permaculture community as a whole”. And hopefully it will introduce new people to the philosophy, giving them the support and knowledge to go off and do great things and a place to share their stories.

Now it’s time for you to share your surplus if you canTo get off to a good start, Pip needs some help. We’re running a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to help with the printing costs for the first issue. If you have a spare $5, $10, $50, or $100 laying around, please make a pledge. Not only will you help turn Pip from an idea to a reality, but there are some great gifts up for grabs—permaculture books, goodie bags, CDs, courses, and much more! You may also get your name printed in the magazine as a supporter!

To pledge, visit the Pip Permaculture Magazine page over at Pozible. Also, check out this great introductory video below—featuring the co-initiator of permaculture David Holmgren.