Hatchet & Seed – Edible Landscapes & Ecological Design, Victoria BC

Turning under-utilized landscapes into abundant edible ecosystems.

Partnering with home-owners, businessesmunicipalitiesplanners, 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.

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.


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The Faces Behind The Work

We are a family-run consulting, design & project management business, based in the Victoria, BC. We also have a wide variety of sub-contractors that we use to get jobs done! Give us a call to discuss how we might be a good fit for your project idea.

Permaculture Education

We find inspiration in working closely with natural systems and love to share the knowledge we've learned along the way. We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, as well as open consultancies, tours, and design charette workshops for organizations. 

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Our Work

Keyline Water Management: Field Research & Education

A 3-year keyline design planning, education & field research project focused on the Capital Region, BC.

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LUSH Vancouver Permaculture Project

Permaculture lunch & learns, design charettes, concept planning & permablitz landscape installation.

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Colwood Residential Edible Landscape

Featuring curvy wood chips paths, ferro-cement raised beds, arbors and trellis’, a rain garden, a wildlife pond and honeybee hives, this beautiful landscape also hosts dozens of fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs and vegetables.

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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!

David Grove & Gwen Snyder, Royal Bay Bakery
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