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grow, build, eat, thrive, nurture, connect… yes please!

Since I have a background in graphics and print design, I love exploring other forms of design, from interior spaces to gardens and all things in between. But one thing that universally grabs my attention is when design – whether it be a small object or a grand-scale project – not only looks fabulous and functions well, but contributes to the community and has ecological benefits. So I’ve been giving some thought to permaculture lately. For those who don’t know what that’s about, here’s simple definition, courtesy of wikipedia:

“Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.”

Considering our climate in Australia and our potential for drought, the permaculture industry has enormous potential, and it’s growing indeed. Once you delve into some of it’s applications – from edible gardens to rooftop green spaces in urban areas, the benefits really are amazing.


My interest was piqued when a friend told me she was studying permaculture and sustainable architechture in Melbourne. She’s originally from Mexico City, another place in the world that can surely benefit from eco design and agriculture systems. And then I came across Pip Magazine – a beautiful Australian publication that celebrates and informs on all things permaculture related.

Pip explores unique projects happening in Australia and around the world – and not only those at an organized level, but the kinds of things we can do in our own backyards, with our families and in our local communities. It’s an inspiration for eco and ethical living, and uncovers examples of social enterprise at its best.

Pip_magazine Issue #2 has a feature on Joost Bakker, an Australian entrepreneur and a powerful advocate of waste-free living whom I admire immensely. His vertical plant wall system he developed for his pop-up restaurants can now be seen at many restaurants and houses across the country.

Pip’s motto is “grow, build, eat, thrive, nurture, connect,” which to me reads like a perscription for building a stronger, more fulfilling connection with nature and our communities. It earns extra points in my book for being printed in full colour on 100% recycled paper too. But if you’re not into print products, the Pip website has a great selection of seasonal gardening tips, recipes, how-to guides and more.

Visit the Pip Magazine website for more information on permaculture, and subscription options.


By Donna MacMullin

Creative Communications, Graphic Design, Communications, Blogging, Copywriting, Content Management



One Response to “grow, build, eat, thrive, nurture, connect… yes please!”

  1. kay saarinen says:

    Hi, great post, i have been working on our permaculture farm now for 10years, we are now sustainable in our eco lifestyle “grow, build, eat, thrive, nurture, connect”
    We grow our fruit and veg and also medicinal hers,
    We have built our straw bale home,
    We eat from our garden every day,
    We have thrived for we are now making a living by making our all natural skin care on our farm “Saarinen organics”,
    We have nurtured our daughter here and have taught her the way,
    And connecting, hopefully thats what im doing now!
    I love your friends mag too.
    Arounf my daughter play ground we have planted manderines, strawberries and currents, so when in season she and her friends can forage for snacks (oh and make some interesting sand and fruit pies lol) xxkay

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