Christian Douglas

Founder + PRINCIPAL Designer

Christian is an award winning landscape designer, licensed contractor and urban farmer. For over 20 years he has created beautiful and productive outdoor spaces. Combining his formal training in classical design and his passion for sustainable agriculture, Christian has created innovative landscapes in his native England, Jordan, Nepal, Australia and throughout the United States, with food at the heart.

Christian co-owned a design and fine gardening company in the U.K for 12 years, winning awards at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.  His primary work focused on the redesign and construction of country estates and London Townhouses.  Leaving the UK in 2008, he travelled the world learning strategies for farming and survival in desert environments while working and teaching for both for-profit and non-profit farms and education centers.  He was constantly inspired by the common connection cultures have to their environment and growing food.  This inspiration moved him to relocate to Marin County, in Northern California, in 2012, where he opened The Backyard Farm Co, an edible landscaping business that creates urban farms and teaches families how to grow their own food.  

Christian’s passion for the integration of food, responsible land use and people are at the heart of his designs.  His innate curiosity and depth of experience allow him to assist clients in developing an environment that uniquely fits their needs.   Christian understands that a garden has the potential to provide many things: a nurturing outdoor space, a connection to the growing of one’s own food, a place to share memories, sustain families and build community. 

                                      

 

 

Amy rice-jones

Chief farming Officer + Mentor 

Amy has been a farmer and farm educator for over 12 years and was recognized as a one of the top 40 farmers under 40 by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

The former assistant Farm Manager at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, Marin County, Amy managed farm operations, marketing, sales and education programs of this 5.8-acre organic farm. Studying at the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems in the Apprenticeship Program, Amy went on to become a teacher/field manager of the program. After leaving UCSC, Amy started a 2-acre educational farm in Petaluma for Petaluma Bounty. She was also the Farm Production Manager at Pie Ranch, where she led production, marketing and sales of fruits, vegetables, grains, laying hens, goats and cows and also led Pie Ranch’s Emerging Farmer Program, instructing apprentices and interns in all aspects of sustainable agriculture.

Amy brings her passion for farming and years of field experience designing farms and growing food to each and every project. Her love of teaching is a perfect compliment to our farm mentor program, where she continues to inspire and empower our clients how to grow food and scale-up their farm production with confidence.