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Kristen Hopper

Oaktown Nursery is owned and run by Kristen Hopper.

Kristen is a reformed psychiatric social worker with 15 years experience growing natives in several different local venues from a National Park to a local watershed protection group. The work is labor intensive and could not be done without the help and excellent company of interesting co-workers. Though Oaktown is currently a sole proprietorship it is run in the spirit of co-conspiracy.

Nursery Workers

Angela Pai

Angela is a Bay Area native. After decades of hiking on regional trails, she began to learn a thing or two about local wildlife. Her coursework in taxonomy and natural history at Merritt College, an internship in wildlife conservation at East Bay Regional Park District and work as a naturalist with Oakland Parks & Recreation provide us with a knowledgeable co-worker. Angela’s energy also extends to volunteer work with a collective of naturalists called the California Center for Natural History providing outdoor education for adults and families.

Nicole Witch Hazel

Nicole has been a mainstay at Oaktown for 5 years. She is also an apprenticing herbalist with her own herbal practice. Nicole is a current student at Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department and is enrolled in the 2018 certification course in herbal medicine at the Blue Otter School of Holistic Medicine in Northern California.

Alene Spindel

Alene is a San Diego native newly transplanted to the Bay Area and the Oaktown team. She has worked as a restoration ecologist and environmental education/stewardship specialist in all sorts of coastal systems from San Diego to Santa Barbara for the last six years and gets her kicks working to restore degraded coastlines, increase equitable public access to nature and develop professional pipelines for next generation stewardship leaders.

Mitch Genlot

Mitch is a master gardener with ten years of experience installing and maintaining local gardens. Mitch has a soft spot in her heart for succulents and shows it by propagating them by the dozen in her Oakland backyard.

Eli Johnson

Eli attends Berkeley High School and intends to one day become a botanist.

Nursery Workers (Non-Human Species)

Bees and Wasps


Butterflies and Moths

Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria