About Us

We Design & Build Food Gardens in Victoria, BC

Edible Landscapes & Foodscaping
Solara and Tayler

We’ve been operating in Victoria, BC for 12 years! In that time, we’ve been so fortunate to have worked with hundreds of clients in the Capital Region, from residential clients to universities, schools, city parks and community gardens. 

Our business specializes in creating organic landscapes that produce food year-round and look amazing! We also strive to create a regenerative work environment for our staff by providing meaningful work, health & dental benefits for full-time staff, and access to unique produce.

In the city, we build edible landscapes (or ‘foodscapes’) and orchards for homeowners, community centers, schools, and universities.

On farmland, we help land managers shift to perennial, low-carbon agriculture with an emphasis on multi-functional tree crops, soil health, and holistic water management.

Our Collective Training

In addition to our decades of collective experience, our crew brings a wide variety of unique 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

The Crew. (Right to Left): 

  • Tim; our fearless site lead whose now in his 7th year working with us; born to foodscape.
  • Tayler & Solara – project & business managers; garden gnomes; not afraid to haul mulch!
  • Michelle – green thumb extraordinaire who can do it all; our edible garden maintenance specialist
  • Blake – small scale organic farmer who works with us on a casual basis when we need the extra help

Service Areas

We serve Greater Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, as well as design consulting for good-fit projects throughout Vancouver Island:

  • Victoria
  • Saanich
  • Sidney
  • Colwood
  • Langford
  • Oak Bay
  • Esquimalt
  • Gordon Head
  • Saanichton
  • North Saanich
  • View Royal
Sheila Lintaman
Sheila Lintaman
October 16, 2022.
Tim and crew provided us with 3 beautiful ferocement beds in our backyard. They are hard workers, very communicative and reliable. I found them really pleasant to work with and I’m more than pleased with the final result!! I’d highly recommend them for any landscaping work.
Laura-Lyn Helton
Laura-Lyn Helton
September 6, 2022.
Taylor and Solara created a school garden food forest design in 2013 (as an in-kind donation). That 1/3-acre plan was a bit too grand for the school board to embrace. However, a school garden 20m x 11m garden was created in 2017… phase 1 on the plan. We did employ Hatchet and Seed when considering an orchard expansion. With middle school students (11 to 14 years old) in 2021, Hn’S created 2 long, large ferro-cement planters as part of the Colquitz Orchard. We planted 3 apple trees, 3 stone pines (pine-nuts) a chock cherry, black current and autumn olive. They also added the much-needed irrigation to keep everything alive. Cleverly, Taylor suggested adding 4 brackets for benches to be added on the downhill slope of the planters… those seats are used year-round by the students and the neighbouring community! Then again in 2022, the Hatchet and Seed team worked with students to create another V-shaped planter. It will have more fruit trees added this fall. This time they even donated their time and materials to provide irrigation to the new ferro-cement bed. This was very appreciated, and we are very thankful for this beautiful addition to the campus. Come by Colquitz Middle School and see for yourself!
Kathryn Genereux
Kathryn Genereux
April 13, 2022.
Tayler and the team at Hatchet and Seed did an incredible job. We initially set up a consultation where I had all my questions answered. We took it to the next step and where they designed the space and improved my vision and finally made it come to life. They were friendly, answered questions along the way (even from my 4 year old). They cleaned up daily and gave us an AMAZING garden with drip irrigation installation. My son and I are out daily, planting seeds and enjoying watching the progress. Their craftsmanship and materials were top quality and I know we will enjoy this garden for years to come. We look forward to produce lots of food for ourselves and hopefully lots to share with our neighbors and friends! I highly recommend!
Claire Rettie
Claire Rettie
February 11, 2022.
We worked with Hatched and Seed to begin transforming our yard. Our starting point was to increase our ability to grow food and to integrate pollinators and more native plants into the landscape. At our first consultation Tayler asked questions that solidified the overall vision, expanded our thinking, and helped frame the design. Tayler, Tim and the team created new beds and hardscaping in our front yard – the only space with six hours of sunshine – to support fruit trees; vegetables and pollinators. They encouraged and considered our input throughout the process and really took the time to ‘get things right’. We love the results and are looking forward to the first season for these gardens and to future work with Hatchet and Seed.
Joy Student
Joy Student
January 26, 2022.
Tyler and crew installed a rain garden to absorb excess water that usually floods our garden in winter. It really got put to the test with the atmospheric river rains of Nov/ 21 plus the snow in Dec. It worked wonderfully, and continues to look great in all seasons. A good investment assisted by their extensive knowledge and competence.
Maria-Jose Pria
Maria-Jose Pria
January 21, 2022.
After a couple of years of building our veggie garden on our own we decided we wanted help to maximize our growing space, reduce work in keeping it up and make it look better. Hatchet and Seed did just that. Their design helped us significantly increase our growing space and has served us lots of time so we can focus on the parts of gardening that we enjoy. Plus it looks great and we love spending time in our new garden. Thanks!
Cindy Holmes
Cindy Holmes
January 16, 2022.
The Hatchet & Seed crew took our front and back yards from dull, weedy, dead grass dirt squares to flourishing, self-sustaining habitat for birds, bees, butterflies—and humans. We now have a productive berry patch amid a beautiful edible landscape, including raised beds, fruit trees, lemon grass and myriad other wonders. The entire crew was knowledgeable, friendly, adaptable, and super hardworking, an absolute pleasure to have around. The "hatchet" part of the landscape, in the form of rustic cedar log edges and driftwood accents, is beautiful and cleverly done. The work on the stone wall was creative and beautiful. We second the other reviewer who comments on the tidiness of the work site. We noticed and appreciated it every time.
Kathleen Zimmerman
Kathleen Zimmerman
January 7, 2022.
Tayler and crew built some beautiful raised beds out of yellow cedar, brought in the soil, installed trickle irrigation (which was so useful during the "heat dome" of 2021), and delivered and spread the wood chip mulch in the pathways. The whole project completely transformed my back yard! I was very pleased with the results, and highly recommend them!
John McClarnon
John McClarnon
September 8, 2021.
We are thoroughly satisfied with the garden project completed for us by the Hatchet & Seed crew. The ferro cement beds were a perfect solution for our property. In addition to being functional, the completed work looks great and blends in nicely with the landscape. Communication, quality of work, attention to detail, craftsmanship and tidiness of the work site were all excellent. Highly recommended!

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