Consultation, and Mentoring
We seek to collaborate with nature to create abundant, life-nourishing ecosystems and human habitats. In the process, we seek to nourish ourselves, our community, and the lives of the future generations here on Earth.
Whether it's called permaculture, holistic, or ecological design, our approach is to blend the unique character and ecological processes happening on your land, along with your unique needs, values, and desired lifestyle. We offer inspiration, educational resources, and solutions based on experience. Our goal is to bring you and your landscape into a more healthy, loving, and regenerative relationship.
Our services are available to individuals and families at any knowledge and skill level. We work on a variety of scales, including apartment balconies, suburban homes, rural homesteads, retreat centers, and more. We find our clients to be...
Interested in growing food, homesteading, gardening, sustainability, permaculture, creating sanctuary, building habitat, and more.
Having a desire to connect with and better understand their landscape.
Tired of working on their landscape in isolation and wanting to collaborate with others.
Excited about a big-picture vision for living closer to the land and lacking the clarity and direction they need to begin.
Explore the descriptions of our services below, and contact us to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation to discover which of our services is best for you.
On Site Consultation
A great option for the individual or family interested in purchasing property, currently caretaking their property, or full of inspiring ideas for their landscape doesn’t know where to start.
We'll walk through your landscape together for 1 to 2 hours. Our goal is to listen deeply to you and your landscape, ask good questions. We’ll share observations, understand problems, and offer ecological design solutions and perspectives as we move through your landscape. If needed, we help you gain clarity on your goals and priorities. We’ll follow up in one to two days with your deliverables. Our on-site consultations includes:
1 - 2 hour site visit and walk through your landscape.
An audio recording of our walk through.
List of local resources and relevant educational material.
Simple Design Package
Our simple design package is small and mighty. It communicates the breadth of possibilities for you and your landscape, and includes inspiration, educational resources, and simple guidance to get you started. Individuals and families with a do-it-yourself attitude and desire to learn will feel confident and ready to implement most of the features offered in this package.
We’ll share a brief questionnaire with you before our visit. Together, we'll walk through your landscape for 1 to 2 hours, and further assess the needs and desires of both you and your landscape. During this time, we'll get to know each other and the landscape, ask questions, listen, take notes, photographs, inventory existing elements and natural energies, and more. At the end, we'll create a simple concept design sketch for your immediate review and feedback.
We'll finalize your concept design and assemble your simple design package back in the studio, then deliver it to you via email within one to two weeks. A physical copy of your package can be made available upon request for an additional fee. Our simple design package includes:
1 - 2 hour site visit and walk through your landscape.
A simple base map of your landscape, not-to-scale, 8.5” x 11”, for you to use in the future.
A concept design, 8.5” x 11”, a bubble diagram including location and brief description of key elements.
A 2 - 3 page document with a summary of our observations, written description of key elements of your concept design, a list of local resources and relevant educational materials, and any notes related to implementation.
There might be elements from your simple design package that require more detail, or perhaps our simple design package just doesn't meet your needs. In that case, we are happy to offer our ecological design services at an hourly rate. If you have a project, we can provide an estimate. If your project is beyond our scope, we’ll do our best to connect you to experts who can help.
Our goal is to support you on your learning journey of connection, understanding, and thoughtful interaction with your landscape. We want to help you come to your own clarity of vision, and enliven the ecological designer in you. If you’re inspired to start a new project, and need support, let's work together. Our ideal mentee is:
Excited to create goals relating to designing, implementing, maintaining and/or engaging with their landscape.
Wants to dive into a specific project on their landscape and needs support. For example, projects like installing a rain garden, planting fruit trees, or building a compost bin.
Seeking direct feedback, process-related comments, relevant educational resources, next best steps, and ideas for future projects.
Also a recipient of our Simple Design Package.
Our team has over a decade of cumulative experience in designing, installing, and maintaining ecological landscapes containing fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, medicinal gardens, native gardens, rainwater, greywater and irrigation systems, small livestock systems, composting systems (including vermicomposting and humanure), human shelters, community gathering spaces, and more.
Completed a permaculture design certificate from The Ecology Center, Quail Springs Permaculture, and Wilderness Awareness School. He is the founder and curator of The Duvall Food Forest.
Completed a permaculture design certificate from the Possibility Alliance. Graduate of Holistic Landscape Design and Permaculture program at Bastyr University. He brings together experience in public health, permaculture, and community organizing.
“Our family loved working with Jeff Davis on our home landscape design project. He listened carefully and thoughtfully about what we desired for our home and helped us build a home "garden" that is an extension of the forest that surrounds us. We worked together to find solutions to water drainage concerns around our home and are developing a plan to prevent further erosion on the property. One thing we really appreciated is that Jeff took the time to really get to know the land around our home in different seasons. We also love that he identified big projects on which he could work with us, as well as providing guidance for smaller projects we could do on our own. We really look forward to continuing to work with Jeff!”
Chrissy Roberts - Owner/Director of Quiet Heart Wilderness School
"I can't recommend working with Matt highly enough. Before working with him, I was overwhelmed with trying to figure out where and how to begin on my property. I now have a comprehensive and approachable plan that is thoughtful, beautiful, and practical. His design perfectly integrates my personal desires and lifestyle with the ecology of my land. He truly is a wealth of knowledge and a pleasure to work with."
Lindsay Warshaw - Owner of The Duvall Herb Farm