Hatchet & Seed
is an edible landscaping & ecological landscape design business based in Victoria, BC.
We are a family-owned & operated business, that specializes in creating landscapes that produce food, medicine and fodder; increase soil carbon; foster bio-diversity and absorb and store water.
In the city, that means edible landscapes, home/community micro-orchards and kitchen gardens. On farmland, that means promoting perennial, low-carbon agriculture with emphasis on multi-functional tree crops, soil health and holistic water management.
We assemble & lead crews of experienced designers, organic landscapers, tree-planters, machine operators, permaculturalists & green builders to create edible organic landscapes.
We serve Greater Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands, as well as design consulting throughout Vancouver Island.
Hi, I'm Solara, and I've been working with Hatchet & Seed since 2013. I'll be one of your early contacts if we work together. I help with the initial consultation process, guiding you through your goals and vision for your project. You'll also find me on site helping out with installation and maintenance when needed. My passion is plants and I can help you with planting plans, kitchen garden coaching, harvesting and preserving, and how to use your harvest in the kitchen. I also manage our social media pages.
I grew up on the prairies of Saskatchewan with a keen interest in how ecosystems work. After a degree in International Development Studies and 5 years working in the forestry and silviculture industry (Canada + UK) I decided to focus my career on the intersection between 'human development' and ecosystem health. Since then, I've been working at building my hands-on skills in the fields of organic horticulture, agroforestry and permaculture. In 2010, I moved to Victoria, BC to pursue further education & experience. These days, after having spent the last 10 years engaging day-to-day with plants and living systems, I'm honing my skills as a small business owner and project manager to incrementally increase the scale and scope of our work and build on successes.
Tim has over ten years of experience working in landscape horticulture.
Alex's first foray into tending land came in the form of helping his family get started on a homestead in Andalucía, Spain. Canada called, and since moving here in 2018, he has worked as a natural builder, built a tiny house and worked tending livestock. He has also completed a Permaculture Design diploma where his path crossed Tayler & Solara of Hatchet & Seed. Alternative/sustainable buildings & having animals regenerating land light my eyes up the most!
Shannah has been working with us for two years, which equates to 150+ cubic yards of mulch/wood chips moved.She is a graduate of the Environmental Technician Program at Camosun College where her final project involved designing, installing and maintaining an aquaponics systems at the Landsdowne Campus. She also also experience in restoration, forestry, GIS, and of course, horticulture. Having worked at Russell Nursery for 2 years, she knows her plants! She is our maintenance specialist and can help you get the most out of your edible, ecological landscape.
Bryce has been building naturally for the past 11 years. Through a gathered awareness of self, ecology, and arcology (architecture + ecology), he has built and worked on several structures using locally sourced materials in raw, natural forms. He has also explored many community structures and living environments giving him a broad perspective on effective and sustainable place-making. Inspired by indigenous and ancestral knowledge, he now looks to expand and apply that knowledge to create a more resilient and compassionate future.
We also have working relationships with other sub-tradespeople - designers, green builders, arborists, machine operators, plant propagators and landscape professionals - that we call in if your project requires.
Our Collective Training
In addition to our decades of collective experience, our crew brings a wide variety of training to your project!
Red Seal Horticulture Training - Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
Organic Master Gardener's Certificate - Gaia College
Ecological Landscape Design Certificate - Gaia College
Year-Round Harvest with Linda Gilkenson
Soil Food Web - Compost & Compost Tea Analysis
Permaculture Design Certificate - Pacific Permaculture
Permaculture Design Certificate - Living Mandala’s Holistic PDC
On-Farm Permaculture Design Certificate (210 hr) - Seven Ravens
B.A. Anthropology & Environmental Studies - University of Victoria
B.A. Honours in International Development Studies - University of Saskatchewan
Permaculture Homestead Design Certificate - Southwoods
CANARM Rainwater Management Certificate
REX Open Consultancy - Darren Doherty, Regrarians, Oregon
REX Farm Design Program - Darren Doherty, Regrarians
Introduction to Business Management - uVic
Fundamentals of Project Management - Royal Roads University