Meet Mel McCutcheon
With few opportunities for work in her field and most of them entry-level paying jobs, Mel McCutcheon was presented with an unusual set of circumstances. She had the choice to move away and seek other opportunities elsewhere or stay put and get creative. Mel chose to stay in Fort St. James, open her own business, focusing on sustainable urban design and horticulture. August 1, 2012 was her first day of business as Bare Hands Landscaping and Design and she hasn’t looked back since.
She made the right decision, and she says the community has been incredibly supportive of her venture. “In my first year of business, word-of-mouth was my strongest marketing resource,” Mel says. She appreciates the support, as it confirms her love for Fort St. James and his philosophy of “doing what you love, where you love to do it.”
Mel loves to spend her free time with her family, putting her passion for sustainable design practices to use daily on their off-grid acreage. When she is not busy with her own business, Mel provides tenant agent services for another local business and practices and performs various theatrical arts including aerial hoop/silks, dance and music.
Mel has recently achieved her Red Seal designation in Landscape Horticulture and her Horticulturist Certificate with Honours from the University of Guelph.
Friendly. Eco-conscious. Community-oriented.
Mel McCutcheon of Bare Hands Landscaping & Design loves the freedom to create and design projects from the ground up and work with clients to bring their visions to fruition. She takes great pride in the installation projects she undertakes for her clients, but she is also very pleased with her brand and business plan to one day become the leading service provider of lawn and garden maintenance using zero-emission equipment.
The inspiration for her business was home-grown on her family’s extensive vegetable and ornamental gardens in rural Nova Scotia. With over 12 years experience offering contract services for small residential clients and large commercial projects, Mel has worked for several reputable companies including the prestigious Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Resort.
P.O. Box 842
Fort St. James, BC
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