Consultation, and Mentoring
We seek to collaborate with nature to create healthy and abundant ecosystems and human habitats. 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. Our goal is to help you embody a healthy, whole, and regenerative relationship with your land. The strategies we use include deep listening, the art of questioning, effective feedback, inspiration and educational resources, and providing practical solutions.
Our services are available to individuals, families, organizations, and businesses at every knowledge and skill level. We work on a variety of scales, including apartment balconies, suburban homes, rural homesteads, large-scale farms, retreat centers, and more. We find our clients are often interested in food production, homesteading, sustainability, permaculture, resiliency, creating sanctuary, building habitat, and more. They typically have a desire to connect with their landscape and collaborate with others. They also might have a vision for how they wish to relate with their land, yet lack the clarity and direction they need to get started.
Includes a free 20 minute phone consulation where we listen to the client, answer questions, explore which of our services is best for you, and determine our next best step should we decide to work together. We look forward to being of service and helping you come into right relationship with your land.
On Site Consultation
Includes a 1 to 2 hour walk through your property with the goal of starting to understand the needs and wants of both you and your landscape. While we move through your landscape, we'll share observations, understand problems, offer solutions, and help you gain clarity on your goals and priorities. In one to two days, we'll follow-up with your deliverables:
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
Includes a brief questionnaire prior to our time together. We will 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 will get to know each other and the land, ask questions, listen, take notes, snap photographs, inventory existing elements and natural energies, explore solutions, and more. We will conclude our time by creating a simple concept design sketch for your immediate review and feedback. In one to two weeks, we'll provide a digital copy of your Simple Design Package (physical copies available upon request for an additional fee) including the following deliverables:
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.
Design & Consultation
Includes research, design, advice, inspiration, education, strategies, solutions, and anything that will be helpful to you. We want to support clients on their journey of connection and coming into right relationship with their land. We want to help clients come to their own clarity of vision, and enliven the ecological designer inside of them. If you have an idea or a project that engages people on the land, we can help. If your project is beyond our scope, we’ll do our best to connect you to experts who can help. We look forward to being of service.
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 design certification courses from The Ecology Center, Quail Springs Permaculture, and Wilderness Awareness School. A decade of experience in environmental education and practical land stewardship. 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