Pip People

Robyn Rosenfeldt, founding publisher & editor

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Where do you live, and on what sort of property?

I live in Pambula on a two and a half acre property on the edge of town.  I live here with my partner, my three beautiful children, and at last count three sheep, four chickens a rooster and five ducks.

How did you get into permaculture?

I got into permaculture through a love of gardening and growing my own food but soon realised permaculture was so much more than gardening. After completing my PDC (permaculture design certificate) I realised it was my mission to combine my passion for permaculture with my love of publishing, photography and writing and create Pip Magazine.

What do you do for Pip?

I started Pip. Pip is my baby and I am the publisher, editor, art director, photographer, writer, book keeper and tea lady.

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

My property is a work in progress. Between creating a magazine and looking after my family I work in the garden and on developing a permaculture demonstration site. I also teach permaculture and run courses here.


Maude Farrugia, media & communications

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Where do you live, and on what sort of property?

I live in a little house on top of a hill in the Northern ‘burbs of Melbourne with my partner, son and five quails.

How did you get into permaculture?

When I read John Seymour’s “The Fat of the Land” aged sixteen I decided I wanted to be a subsistence farmer. This lead to an amazing Wwoof journey, a couple of PDCs and a stint living in the deep south of South Gippsland. I’m a city-girl at heart, but I still dream of subsisting off the land in our urban jungle! Also, I wanted a goat.

What do you do for Pip?

I co-ordinate our monthly eNewsletter, social media, podcast and blog. I also dream up big ideas for new events (both real and digital) and ways to spread the joyous word of Pip!

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

Putting down roots in our awesome community, both literally and metaphorically, and growing our son up into a beautiful human are our main focusses at the moment, but sometimes I do get sidetracked by googling miniature milking goats.


Felicie Vachon, shop manager & admin

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Where do you live, and on what sort of property?

My partner and I are currently house sitting around the Bega Valley, getting inspired by different permaculture properties, country houses and farms. We’re getting to know very well the area we’ve chosen to live in.

How did you get into permaculture?

I was working as a graphic designer until I realised my city routine had no meaning and my 60 cent supermarket apples were pretty tasteless. I quit my life and went on a sustainable journey around the world, volunteering on farms and permaculture properties.
My journey took me to Sydney where I did my PDC with John Champagne. I followed John back to his Bega Valley.

What do you do for Pip?

I work two days a week with Robyn at the Pip headquarters in Pambula. I respond to your emails, pack and send your magazines. Robyn and I brainstorm beautiful ideas for the future of Pip.

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

We are looking for a block of land to start our own little piece of paradise.
We’ve gathered ideas and great systems from all around the world and we can’t wait to put them into practice.


Adrian O’Hagan, web & digital

Where do you live, and on what sort of property?

I live on what used to be the typical quarter acre block in the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne. My 5yo daughter thinks we live on a farm as we have chickens and bees, lots of fruit trees, a pond and herbs and veggies all growing happily. We’ve even successfully grown our own coffee!

How did you get into permaculture?

I first discovered permaculture a couple of years ago when I borrowed the DVD collection of Costa’s Garden Odyssey from my local library. I was trying to learn more about gardening, and I can’t remember if someone told me about this series, or if I read about it, but either way – I loved this series, and it was this that introduced me to the concept of permaculture. From here I read all I could, did a few short courses, went to a few Permablitzes – I couldn’t get enough!

What do you do for Pip?

I look after the website and try to smooth out any digital bumps.

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

Now that I’ve done my PDC I’m looking forward to doing some site designs! I’d also like to investigate social permaculture, as I believe that nothing makes a community stronger than being engaged with each other.