If you want to create a true paradise on the piece of earth that you own
and also make a positive impact on nature, the climate and especially your quality of life.
Then you have landed in the right ecosystem.
This is why:
My name is Louis De Jaeger and five years ago I changed my life drastically.
I had just returned from a trip around the world where I travelled through half of all the American states.
Visited all countries between Canada and Panama.
Made study trips from Morocco to Siberia.
And lived in various places in France.
One thing became clear: if we don’t treat our soil in a different way in this generation, it’s bye bye humanity.
95% of soils will be degraded by 2050 if we don’t act fast.
I have decided to dedicate my life to ‘curing’ as many hectares of soil as possible.
And to inspire as many people as possible to do the same.
Over the last decade, I have developed Commensalist® from a one-man-show into a successful international landscape architecture firm.
With an incredibly driven multidisciplinary team: landscape architects, agricultural engineers, food forest, market garden and CSA experts.
We design projects from a few thousand square metres to large-scale developments of 1000 acres (app. 400 hectares) or more in Belgium and abroad.
We design edible landscapes for people & nature: food forests, regenerative agriculture projects, permaculture projects, nature restoration, afforestation, nature gardens and much more.
I quickly decided to make no compromise on quality and depth.
If you are looking for the most well thought-out and comprehensive plan to realise your dream on your piece of land and to make a difference yourself, you have come to the right place.
Below you can see in detail what is included in our package.
See you soon,
Louis De Jaeger
CEO of Commensalist
Please note: in order to guarantee the best quality, we only accept 1 international client per month. (International = non Benelux)
Update: we’re completely booked for 2022, and 2023 is getting full as well, please note in the request if you want us to come in spring.
A very concise representation of the design process – in order to keep the overview
A standard design (which we no longer do) is an investment, the comprehensive design package that we offer is an even bigger investment. If you look above at what is in the package, you will understand why.
What we deliver is craftsmanship. Commensalist team members are much more than just landscape architects, green managers or agricultural engineers.
Through years of additional study and experience, each member of our team has grown (and we are still growing) into a true expert, of which there are few.
Thanks to the individual expertise, but also to the fireworks when our team members work together, you get a super brain.
The development of your plot is delicate: after all, we have to work with nature. Because we know nature inside out, we know how to do this. But still: nature always surprises, bare this in mind.
By understanding natural processes well, we can ensure (sometimes with small details) that expensive mistakes are avoided.
A good design literally saves you money: you save a lot of learning money because we immediately give the right advice, create a well-considered design based on fundamentally sound research.
The advantage of our design package: you are 100% free to do with the design what you want. Planting yourself is a lot of work, but also very rewarding: you get to know your place and the plants on a much deeper level.
You might know a Mr. or Mss. Fix-it, your brother-in-law is a gardener or you know a good contractor? Then thanks to the design package, they have everything they need to get the project off to a good start.
Our core business is research and design. We are a design agency and not a construction or planting company. When projects become too complex, it can be useful to unburden yourself and let us coordinate the construction.
Because every project has different needs, the hours are very variable, which is why we do not include this in the package. Also, not everyone needs this.
As coordinator, we bring together the right contractors (who each remain independent of us, are responsible for their own work and invoice directly to you) and ensure that you can be at ease.
We can only be the best design agency in our niche if we maintain our focus.
We are in the middle of the impact economy: every hour we invest as a team must have maximum impact. This is the only way to think if we want to save nature.
This is why we are very selective in choosing our new projects.
Impact is very broad: biodiversity, climate, water management, erosion, but also the strengthening of communities, social fabric, creation of sustainable jobs and magical experiences.