About Us
We are Locally owned and operated
Brian Ladwig-Cooper owns Gaia Creations. The business began in 2000 and 20 years later remains committed to ecological design and implementation methods. I hold both permaculture design  and greywater installation certificates.
20 Years Serving Community
I began this business based on the need for ecologically minded land care services in our local bioregion. When I started in 2000 there wasn't a single landscape company in the entire county area that was chemical-free and ecologically sound. Thankfully, there are more and more eco-minded landscape businesses every year.
Brian earned his Permaculture Design certificates from Practical Permaculture Research Institute in N. California and have coordinated and taught many other permaculture courses since then. In 2015 Brian earned a certificate from Greywater Action as a greywater installer .
I helped start the Chico Permaculture Guild in 2009 and co-founded the local nonprofit, Earthshed Solutions, in 2015.  As part of my Fair Share, I volunteer on the Board of Directors of Earthshed Solutions and serve on various committees to help promote regenerative living in our local community.
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Brian Ladwig-Cooper
Owner, Operator, Permaculture Design Consultant, Certified Greywater Installer
Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper
(former) Owner & Business Manager, Permaculture Design Consultant
In 2000 Brian and his wife, Stephanie, started Gaia Creations which they continue to operate successfully today. Brian earned his associates degree in Landscaping & Horticulture in 1999 at Butte Community College and has been professionally working in the landscape industry since that time. Brian holds a C-27 contractors license in good standing with the CSLB. He earned a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2010 and a greywater installers certificate from Greywater Action in  2015.

Brian is co-founder, Vice President and Fundraising Director for Earthshed Solutions. He is also the Seed Ball Project leader, a fundraising project for Earthshed. Brian helped start the Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG) in the fall of 2009 and is active volunteer to this day.

Brian lives on 5 acres in North Chico where he is developing his homestead and permaculture demonstration site, Frog & Toad Farm.
Stephanie studied botany, horticulture, natural resources and environmental science in college. Stephanie earned a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2009 and helped co-teach several PDC courses. She has taught and taken many advanced permaculture courses since that time.

Stephanie was co-founder and President of Earthshed Solutions as well as the Programs Director. Stephanie helped start the Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG) in 2009 and the Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) in 2013. Since 2010 she helped co-organize Chico’s annual seed swaps.

Stephanie moved out to Humboldt County in 2020 but still helps Gaia Creations with the website and some office management.
Clean Water Business Partner
Gaia Creations is proud to partner with Butte County and the City of Chico's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, Clean Water Business Partnership (CWBP). Gaia Creations has participated in this program since its inception as the Chico Urban Streams Alliance in 2005. The program has since evolved to the Keep Chico Clean/County Clean Water Business Partners (BCCWBP) program.

Keep Chico Clean is the cooperative storm water management education and outreach program for the City of Chico and the Butte County Department of Public Works. Keep Chico Clean programs strive to foster public awareness of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the prevention of runoff pollution of our local creeks and waterways via gutters and storm drains. Rather than impose more regulations on businesses, the Clean Water Business Partners program provides incentives to local businesses for promoting clean water awareness and implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs).  Not only do the  participating businesses and customers benefit, but our local environment does as well!
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Classes & Workshops
Classes and Workshops Gaia Creations has been involved in over the years.
See Workshops page for current workshops we are teaching.
  1. February, 2008 & October, 2009 & May, 2010
    2 day Practical Permaculture Introductory Workshops
    With Cathe' Fish of Practical Permaculture Chico, CA -Private Residence Chico, CA -GRUB Cooperative Oroville, CA -Chaffin Family Orchards
  2. 2009 & 2010 & 2014
    72 Hour Practical Permaculture Design Courses
    March 16 through March 23, 2009 -Rooster Hollow Farm in Nevada City, CA -with Cathe' Fish and Neil Bertrando March 12 through March 20, 2011 -Bluebird Farm in Nevada City, CA -with Cathe' Fish and Neil Bertrando April 12 & 13 and June 21 & 22, 2014 -Practical Permaculture Research Institute, Penn Valley, CA -with Cathe' Fish September 27 & 28 and Oct. 25 & 26, 2014 -Practical Permaculture Research Institute, Penn Valley, CA -with Cathe' Fish
  3. April 15th, 2012
    Permaculture: Re-Thinking the Way We Use Our Yards
    Hosted by Shasta Community Teaching Garden Workshop Redding, CA Lead instructor, Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper
  4. June 23, 2012
    Intro to Permaculture Workshop
    Sponsored by Cultivating Community North Valley Chico, CA Lead instructors, Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper
  5. March 1, 2013
    Watershed Restoration Techniques And Conscious Earthworks
    Sponsored by Perma-fun-K Forest Ranch, CA Collaborating facilitator for Design Techniques, Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper
  6. March 29, 2015
    Energy Efficient Design Using Zones and Sectors
    Sponsored by the Chico Permaculture Guild Oroville, CA Collaborating instructors, Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper with Robert Henry
  7. April 26, 2015
    Contour Technology for WATER
    Sponsored by the Chico Permaculture Guild Oroville, CA Collaborating instructors, Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper with Robert Henry
  8. May 24th, 2015
    Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System Installation
    Sponsored by the Chico Permaculture Guild Chico, CA Lead instructors, Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper
  9. September 27, 2015
    Laundry to Landscape Greywater System Installation
    Sponsored by the Chico Permaculture Guild Chico, CA Lead instructor, Brian Ladwig-Cooper -certified greywater installer
  10. October 11, 2015
    Land Restoration & Water Retention Strategies
    Sponsored by the Chico Permaculture Guild Oroville, CA Lead instructors, Robert Henry with Brian & Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper
  11. June 12, 2016
    Laundry to Landscape Greywater System Installation
    Sponsored by Earthshed Solutions Oroville, CA Lead instructor, Brian Ladwig-Cooper -certified greywater installer
  12. October 16, 2016
    HOW Every Drop Counts, Solutions for Water Resilience
    Sponsored by Earthshed Solutions Oroville, CA Lead instructors, Robert Henry with Brian & Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper
  13. December 11, 2016
    HOW: Edible Forest Garden Primer
    Sponsored by Earthshed Solutions Chico, CA Lead instructors, Stephanie & Brian Ladwig-Cooper
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