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.
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.
Hazel is a recent undergraduate in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She is interested in permaculture applications of native plants especially here in her home state. Hazel is also a history buff.
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.
Adder, born and raised in the Bay Area, has been working in ecological restoration since 2015; they entered the ecology world with an internship through San Bruno Mountain Watch, then went on to work with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in 2016, where they still work as a restoration technician. They are particularly enchanted by the vast web of inter/intra-dependence between all our human and non-human kin on this earth. They spend their free time learning in awe from the ecology of their surroundings, and they are devoted to learning how to be/being a good inter-species ancestor.
Nursery Workers (Non-Human Species)
Bees and Wasps
Butterflies and Moths
Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria