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CNPS East Bay Chapter hires new nursery manager

September 18, 2013

Theo FitanidesThe East Bay Chapter of CNPS is pleased to announce that Theo Fitanides has been hired to serve as the manager for Native Here Nursery, the chapter's nursery dedicated to growing local native plants from Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Theo is a 2010 graduate from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in Biological Sciences and has worked with the BLM, organic farms, National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii, Terra Verde Environmental Consulting, and The Watershed Nursery. This summer, Theo was a community crew leader for the Student Conservation Association serving at-risk youth to foster a love of the environment and land stewardship. His recent activities included volunteering with the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and the East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden as well as Native Here Nursery.

The combination of Theo's interest in native plants and environmental stewardship make him well qualified for his new position. At Native Here Theo will work with our volunteers to propagate local native plants for retail customers, restoration efforts, public agencies and annual plant sales and events.

Theo will be taking over from Charli Danielsen who is retiring after over 20 years as the nursery's founder and manager to spend more time with family (grandchild), to work in her garden and become the nursery's best customer!

Please join me in welcoming Theo to EBCNPS and Native Here Nursery!

Lesley Hunt
President, EBCNPS


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