welcome to earth designs cooperative

Earth Designs, founded by Aja Hudson in 2001, began as a one-woman gardening business and has since evolved into a landscape & garden design company with over 15 employees. Our work focuses on the sustainable and artistic management of formal gardens and natural landscapes. We design, install and maintain ornamental, edible & medicinal gardens, native meadows, no-mow lawns, natural screening, and custom stone work. Earth Designs transitioned into an employee-owned cooperative in 2016, inspired by Aja’s desire to create more sustainable jobs and support social & economic change. Currently, six worker-owners oversee the company’s future, voting democratically on major decisions and growing the business together. The day-to-day work still operates on a hierarchy, with ownership responsibility delegated to developing departments within EDC (stonework, meadow management, irrigation department, etc). Aja’s secondary goal with the Coop transition is to establish the philanthropic side of EDC. During the off-season EDC will volunteer for disaster relief outreach or agricultural programs throughout the world, giving back to those in need by sharing our skills.


Stuart Dorris, Crew Leader Conor Corbett, Irrigation Specialist Erin Domagal, Creative Director

Aja Hudson, Executive Director Jolie Herbst, Crew Leader Frank Gurreri, Meadow Specialist

earth designs cooperative
Aja Hudson

Executive Director

earth designs cooperative
Erin Domagal

Creative Director

earth designs cooperative
Ali Gruber

Office Manager