Our Street (Retrosuburbia for kids)

US$ 15.95

Beck Lowe and David Holmgren

Illustrated by Brenna Quinlan

Our Street is an illustrated story book for elementary school age children. It explores how suburban life changed between the 1950s – 2020s, and provides a positive vision of the future. It is a useful tool for parents and educators to help inspire children with positive solutions for sustainable and resilient living, whilst reflecting on Australian history.

Join the kids living in a suburban Aussie street over seven decades and into the near future. How do they live? What do they eat? How do their households work? Can you help make your home and neighbourhood a happening place like this street?

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David’s ‘Aussie Street’ story is a permaculture soap opera from 1950s to the 2020s. It evolved from his earlier presentations (2005-2017) to the in-depth RetroSuburbia: the Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018). RetroSuburbia was the inspiration for the collaboration with editor Beck Lowe and illustrator Brenna Quinlan into literature for children.

Beck has interpreted David’s adult story through the eyes of the kids living in Aussie Street. In the process she captures the straightforward style of childhood diaries: telling the ups and downs of daily life. Brenna represents the feel of each decade to help today’s kids imagine the childhood of their parents and grandparents.

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Product details

Published: November 2020
Melliodora Publishing
48 pages, full color illustrations throughout.

Size: 8.5 x 11in (A4)
ISBN: 9780648845980

About the Authors

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002). RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future (2018) is his manual for practical action. With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. David lives with his partner Su Dennett at “Melliodora”, a one-hectare (2.5 acre) permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at holmgren.com.au.

Beck Lowe is a permaculture educator and writer. She undertook a life-changing Permaculture Design Course in 1994 and has been practicing permaculture ever since. She worked closely with David Holmgren on RetroSuburbia as project manager, researcher and chief text wrangler, and reinterpreted his ‘Aussie Street’ story for kids in Our Street. She has also been editor and/or project manager on various new and re-releases at Melliodora Publishing. Beck is the black sheep of the Retrosuburbia family, living on her 60 acre permaculture farm near Heathcote in central Victoria. Besides work with Holmgren Design and Melliodora Publishing, and running her farm, she teaches permaculture, and is finishing her book on animals in permaculture. becklowe.com.au

Brenna QuinlanBrenna Quinlan spent four years living at Melliodora, the permaculture demonstration site founded by David Holmgren and Su Dennett in Central Victoria, Australia. She is currently building a strawbale house and planting her own garden at a permaculture community in the Great Southern, WA. Brenna has worked as an illustrator for several organisations including the Bob Brown Foundation, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. She is also part of the Grow Do It permaculture teaching team, and regularly collaborates with Milkwood Permaculture and Melliodora Publishing on various projects and publications. Support Brenna on Patreon and gain access to digital downloads of her work, as well as behind the scenes footage. Sign up to her newsletter here, and follow her on Instagram.

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Weight 0.24 kg
Dimensions 210 × 297 × 4 mm

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