About Us
We are Locally owned and operated
Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper co-own Gaia Creations. We began our family business in 2000 and more than 18 years later we remain committed to our ecological design and implementation methods. We are licensed C-27 landscape contractors and hold both permaculture design  and greywater installation certificates.
18 Years Serving Our Community
  1. We helped start the Chico Permaculture Guild in 2009 and co-founded the local nonprofit, Earthshed Solutions, in 2015.  As part of our Fair Share, we volunteer our time on the Board of Directors of Earthshed Solutions and serve on various committees to help promote regenerative living in our local community.

  2. Both Stephanie and Brian earned their Permaculture Design certificates from Practical Permaculture Research Institute in Rough & Ready, CA and have coordinated with and taught other courses in permaculture since 2009. Brian earned a Greywater Installer certificate from Greywater Action in 2015.

  3. We began our business based on the need for ecologically minded land care services in our local bioregion. When we started Gaia Creations in 2000 there were no landscape companies in the Chico area that were chemical-free and ecologically sound. Thankfully, there are more eco-minded businesses today.
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Fair Share
Brian Ladwig-Cooper
Owner, Operator, Permaculture Design Consultant, Certified Greywater Installer
Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper
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 and his family live on 5 acres in North Chico where they are developing their homestead and permaculture demonstration site, Frog & Toad Farm.
Stephanie studied botany, horticulture, natural resources and environmental science in college before she and her husband, Brian, settled down in 2000 to raise a family and start Gaia Creations. Stephanie earned a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2009 and has helped co-teach several PDC courses and has taught and taken many advanced permaculture courses since that time.

Stephanie is 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 and is a main organizer for both today. Since 2010 she has co-organized Chico’s annual seed swaps.

Stephanie and her family live on 5 acres in North Chico where they are establishing their homestead, Frog & Toad Farm, and where she homeschools her two teenage children and runs the day to day business for Gaia Creations.

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Classes & Workshops
Classes and Workshops we have taught or participated 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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