Graham Burnett founded Spiralseed in 2001 and is the author of Permaculture A Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture. He teaches permaculture and works with projects and organizations including Comic Relief, Capital Growth, Bioregional, Naturewise, OrganicLea, Birmingham Decoy, Trust Links, Green Adventure, the Vegan Organic Network, Thrive, Ars Terra (Los Angeles), Ekosense EcoVillage (Croatia) as well as a number of Transition Town initiatives. As well as cultivating his own garden and allotments, Graham contributes to publications as diverse as Positive News, The Sunday Times, Permaculture Magazine, Permaculture Activist, New Leaves, The Raven, Growing Green, Funky Raw, The Vegan and The Idler.
William Faith completed his certification in permaculture design at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, shortly after which he co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild in 2012, and has given many presentations on permaculture at colleges, universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, also giving several radio interviews on the subject. 2015 heralded the birth of Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm.
Bob Hattier is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation ProfessionalTM and Master Electrician who has a dedicated passion for renewable energy. He has worked on systems in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington and Costa Rica. An IREC Master TrainerTM, he develops and teaches courses for The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and IBEW Local 134. Bob serves on the board of directors for the MREA and NABCEP. Additionally he is the owner of Alternative Currents, Inc. a renewable energy design and installation company based in Chicago. Bob holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Spiralseed.
Heather Patrick is Co-Founder of Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary. Heather grew up passionate for taking care of plants and animals on her family's organic farm and small animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania. She has spent years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Central America, studying sustainable agriculture and working with various nonprofit animal protection and social justice organizations. Heather holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Spiralseed.
Joe Kilcoyne holds permaculture design certificates from Midwest Permaculture located in Stelle, IL and from Spiralseed. He is Co-founder of Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary. An avid outdoor adventurer who strives to build common ground and understanding between different walks of life. He believes that plants are a major part in this work to repair ourselves and the earth. He can often be found walking around in the fields and forests discussing voluntary relationships and a future based on community building and joy.
Anna Durrett is a farmer, book lover, and herb enthusiast. She has helped co-run Second Wind CSA, a 65-share CSA and market vegetable farm business located in the Hudson Valley that is not only certified organic, but also has been no-till for over 20 years. She has worked on community and personal gardens. Before becoming a full-time plant person, she worked at Little River Research & Design, where they conceptualize and build hands-on river models for education and research. Anna holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Spiralseed. She took part in a permaculture teacher training with Pandora Thomas and Lisa DePiano. Her favorite plants are dandelions, maypops, and chestnuts.
Mike Durschmid currently serves as the Chicago area organizer for Organic Consumers Association, organizing events, exhibits, rallies and speaking engagements covering a wide variety of topics including mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods, factory farming, and bee colony collapse. He also takes a leadership role with Illinois Right to Know GMO and is a principal organizer of Chicago March Against Monsanto, managing most of the logistics for marches involving thousands of people. He also serves on the organizing committee of Chicago Vegan Mania, and works with Rising Tide Chicago to stop hydraulic fracking in Illinois.