Beth McCormick is a largely self-taught artist, working in diverse media. As a child she fell in love with unusual architecture, and later had the opportunity to purchase and renovate the Onion House, part of her family’s legacy, which has become a widely acclaimed example of Organic Architecture in Hawaii. Beth McCormick’s art and home have been chronicled in numerous television and magazine features, and her artwork has been shown in over 90 galleries nationwide and abroad. Her work is in many private collections, including the Michael Rosenberg Collection in London, and the Chris Hemmeter Collection in Hawaii. She works to establish sustainability of the natural world through the Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii, of which she is a co-founder.
Lyn Howe bought her first farm at age 23. She was co-Owner of Beach Road Farm, an off-grid eco-farm in Puna, Hawai‘i which focuses on agriculture for self-sufficiency. Using organic and natural farming methods, the farm has over 3 acres of fruits and nut trees, vegetable gardens, medicinal and culinary herbs, spices and a backyard aquaponics system. Lyn worked for The Kohala Center as the workshop coordinator for beginning and intermediate seed saving workshops on all 5 islands over a 2 year period. As Co-founder of the Know Your Farmers Alliance, she has helped organize local seed exchanges and farming workshops. Presently she is building a straw-bale home in Paonia, Colorado.
Charles Harter, M.D. is a retired emergency medical doctor with experience in tropical medicine in remote areas with minimal technology. He has lived in structures he built by hand, without power tools, and created thriving homesteads in diverse environments. He is currently engaged with permaculture at 10,000 ft elevation in Colorado, in the Arizona desert, in the Pacific Northwest, and in Hawaii. Charles Harter’s vision and focus helped to create Anawaiwela Farm.