Partnering with home-owners, businesses, municipalities, planners, farmers, community groups & developers to connect food, place and people in inspiring ways!
We assemble & lead crews of experienced designers, organic landscapers, tree-planters, machine operators, permaculturalists & green builders to create edible organic landscapes.
Serving Greater Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands, as well as design consulting throughout Vancouver Island.
Residential + Commercial + Public
Edible landscapes combine the aesthetics of formal landscaping features with the functionality of the 'kitchen garden' and 'home orchard'. They can provide year-round access to fresh, nutrient-dense fruit and vegetables as well as a chance to get outside more often!
- Goals Assessment + Site Analysis
- Mapping + Landscape Design
- Water Management: Catchment, Storage, Overflow & Irrigation
- Organic Soil Building & Mineral Amendments
- Landscape Carpentry: Edible Arbors & Trellis'
- Hardscapes: Water Features + Rock Work + Edible Patios
- Orchard/Garden Planting + Maintenance
- Agro-Forestry: Keyline Plowing, Bed Forming & Tree Planting
Homes + Acreages + Farms + Public Land
When developing a property, farm or garden, it is important to harmonize with nature while optimizing ecological resources. Our design process considers factors like climate, topography,water, access, infrastructure, soil, vegetation, as well as human and financial resources to manage risk and create resiliency on the land.
Projects as Ecosystems
In Nature, disturbance plays a key role in the succession of an ecosystem. Disturbances open up 'niches' where new possibilities can arise. For instance, when a tree falls in an old growth forest, a 'fall gap' is created, with more light accessible to the forest floor. This creates habitat for new plant communities, whose seeds have been awaiting this opportunity for decades.
At Hatchet & Seed, we believe a well designed & executed project can function in the same way. By identifying a problem/opportunity statement, we help clients who are ready to rethink their landscapes, properties and farms with nature as their model and food & water security as a goal.
Hence our name: a hatchet creates the disturbance and opens a new niche, while the seed germinates, stimulating new opportunities.
A 3-year keyline design planning, education & field research project focused on the Capital Region, BC.View Project
Our work speaks for itself! Want to see more?
Tayler was very quick to assess the site, our needs and to develop a work agreement that suited us all. We were thoroughly impressed by his practical knowledge of landscape design as well as business professionalism & project management.
The design and installation of our edible landscape solved drainage issues by putting excess water to use in a food-producing ‘blueberry bog’. We witnessed a very high attention to detail and a respect for our needs as clients. The work site was kept tidy and clean between work phases. We are thrilled with our new food producing yard!