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, online communications

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.


Tess Bertram-Jones, shop manager & admin

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 consume myself with all things Pip Shop. I pack and send your goodies, look for new and interesting things to share and feature in the shop, 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, Editorial Assistant

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?


Peta Burchell, Advertising

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

I live near Pambula nestled in a little valley with my lovely fella listening to a bubbling brook, surrounded by forest and birds, macropods and occasional echidnas. We have a great vegie garden, avocado and citrus trees and flowers ... I really like flowers!

How did you get into permaculture?

20+ years ago I had a small organically certified farm. I had completed an Introduction to Permaculture weekend and that was it for me... it all made so much sense. Over the years I have continued the Principles of Permaculture in my life everywhere I have lived. People care, earth care and fair share. Why? 'Cause it's important and it works.

What do you do for Pip?

My role is to give organisations and companies, products and people the opportunity to advertise their special something in our special magazine aka advertising sales. It makes sense to me that by helping others 'grow themselves' via exposure, as Pip has indeed grown herself, we will have Mutualism: where both partners benefit.

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

Well ... keep on keeping on growing, eating, meeting, learning, living, loving. Life's good.

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


Natasha Berta, Social media

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

I live I Bega NSW - in town in a rental property. I’ve just left one acre and I’m loving the feel of a quarter acre block. When we arrived we found a great worm farm and it has remnants of veggie patches - plus 2 fruit trees. I’m pretty excited about it right now.

How did you get into permaculture?

I got into permaculture after I stayed at a permaculture farm in Bundaberg. It was a vulnerable time of my life and the oasis in the sugar cane desert really struck me. The permaculture principles gave me hope in my pursuit of a solution to the modern urban sprawl and consumerist, cultural wasteland I was raised in so I did my PDC via distance ed about 18 years ago. It has infected my life in a most wonderful way since then.

What do you do for Pip?

I answer emails, fulfil orders, liaise with stockist and suppliers and a bunch of other behind the scene admin-type things related to marketing and growing Pip.

What’s next in your permaculture journey?

I am chomping at the bit to make some small changes to my rental property’s garden to feed my family. Lettuce, spinach, coriander, basil. Keep the worms alive. Maybe some fruit trees in pots. I have 3 kids, a business, a job, a husband and a craft obsession so permie stuff has to squeeze in the abundance of my life/time process 🙂