I have been working with plants since 1995, when I left a corporate computer programming job to find a vocation that fit better with my spirit and body. My first venture was apprenticing in an organic market garden, and I've never looked back. In 1998 I came to DC to help local non-profits facilitate youth and community gardening projects.
I started Matt's Habitats in 2003, specializing in organic gardening practices with an emphasis on native plants, wildlife habitats, and edible gardens. In 2004, I added interior painting to my business, primarily in the hottest and coldest months of the year. This has allowed me to do work promoting environmentally sound practices on a year-round basis.
I love being in nature and am continually increasing my knowledge of the plants and animals in this area through classes, personal study, and teaching others. My wife, Elizabeth, and I have transformed our entire 1/4 acre yard into gardens featuring a vegetable and small fruit garden, a woodland garden, a pond, a raingarden, and a meadow garden. We are graced by fresh food and interesting wildlife every day. My vision is that someday there will be an entire network of food-producing and wildlife-sustaining yards in our area.
As another way of celebrating nature in our area, Elizabeth runs a website called The Natural Capital. It aims to open your eyes to the amazing plants, animals, and scenery in
our region – much of it accessible by public transportation.