Last year and maybe the year before there was a woman who worked as a pet sitter in my nearby town. She wrote a weekly column about her pet sitting experiences for the local newspaper, free of charge. It was a very popular column with the readers and I am sure it gained her more business. (I met her once.) I think the column would have been about 250 words. Anyway I was thinking that writing a permaculture gardening column for your local newspaper would be a great way to disseminate permaculture methods and awareness. Doing this could gradually help people convert their little suburban gardens to producing more food in a more sustainable way too. The first idea I had was to write about Pinto peanut as a lawn substitute with the idea of trying to persuade people to convert their grass to a legume. And this would lead on to talking more about legumes in a future column with the idea of encouraging people to grow more legumes in their gardens alongside their other shrubs and flowers and things. The second part of this idea I had was to post the articles that i write here on this forum and anyone else could use them to get them published in their own local newspaper too. And we could all share articles here with each other to use. People could rewrite or edit them up a bit to suit themselves and their local newspaper. I mean for my part, if I was doing it, i wouldn't be precious about copyright and ownership. Doing it this way would mean we'd all have more time to do other things and wouldn't have to struggle with a column each week. We could share ideas about what to write about if we didnt' think we could get an article together. Now I know i have just had this great idea but at the moment I haven't quite got the energy to write and start this column but its something that I will try to do in the future. I figure I should write a few articles before approaching the newspaper. If others think this is a good idea, perhaps we could work on this for a year or six months, writing up 52 articles and then starting to take them to our local newspapers. One point i would note about writing columns is that they should come from your own experience. I mean it works well when you write about what you have been doing yourself, rather than a detached theoretical article. So is anyone interested in having a go at this. Another point is that if anyone writes about particular plants they should say where to obtain them.