Robyn Rosenfeldt, founding publisher & editor

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 spend time growing food and creating a beautiful space to live in. To keep me sane among all my commitments I surf and do yoga.


Tess Bertram-Jones, advertising & subscriptions

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

I made the sea change from Sydney, several years ago. I swapped the big smoke for a converted dairy in a small, cow-peppered town on the South Coast.

How did you get into permaculture?

After moving to the country and finding myself the sudden owner of a disheveled but eager veggie garden, my permi-journey began. What I lack in knowledge I make up for in enthusiasm.

What do you do for Pip?

I have the pleasure of sourcing advertisers who are passionate, conscientious people that run fantastic, ethical businesses and connecting them with the Pip audience. We love working with business who don’t comprise our values or those of our readers.
I also send your goodies, respond to your emails, man the phone and dip my toe into as many Pip projects as possible.

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

Not killing things. Is that a goal? But seriously, I am quite interested in indoor plants at the moment and fantasise about bringing the garden inside.
I hope my long term journey see’s me one day diving into & developing my own piece of land.


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.


Samantha Allemann, sub editor

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

I live in Melbourne’s north-eastern hills in a small rental house with my partner Patrick and our assortment of cats.

How did you get into permaculture?

Pat was studying an environment course, learning about peak oil and understandably getting freaked out. We wanted to find a practical way to channel our fears of impending environmental doom, so we got involved with Permablitz Melbourne. Through Permablitz we learned what on earth permaculture was, practical skills (although I’m still much better with a pen than I am with a shovel) and met a community of likeminded people.

What do you do for Pip?

I’m Pip’s Editorial Assistant. I write articles, edit and proofread the magazine and help commission pieces. I’m also a freelance writer and am obsessed with all things reading and writing, so it’s a great fit!

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

I am determined to make cats an official permaculture animal. Who’s with me?