After living in San Francisco for 17 years, Nicole LoBue moved to Hudson two years ago. Prior to that she worked independently as a chef, educator, dietary and herbal consultant. She was able to tap into all her previous job skills with Kite's Nest, a community program that produces multi-disciplinary, project-based workshops serving a wide range of children and families in and around Hudson, based around themes like art and science, urban planning, creative writing, boat-building and culinary arts.
I am co-director, programming director and culinary arts director of Kite's Nest, a learning resource center dedicated to curiosity and inquiry in Hudson. We also run a community kitchen, an urban garden and sustainability project for teenagers, and the Listening Project
, in which we record stories and testimonies about learning and life in Hudson. We work in partnership with local organizations and institutions to provide free and low-cost programming to the children who most need a hands-on and inspiring engagement with learning, and to advocate for community-based education throughout the city. I also run the Alimentary Kitchen, which is a commercially certified kitchen on our site at Basilica Hudson
. The kitchen is an educational and community kitchen space that serves as a classroom and a learning space. We cater events and host community dinners and pop-up events there as well.
At Kite’s Nest we are building a supportive environment for children to pursue and develop their interests within their community. Our premise is a strong belief that by supporting children to develop a passion for learning, we contribute towards building a generation of young adults with the skills, abilities, and confidence to create meaningful lives. In the past year I’ve led after-school, daytime, and summertime children’s workshops in the kitchen that integrate food-craft, nutrition, herbalism, food preparation, processing, and food-traditions, promoting and encouraging the health and autonomy of the young people we work with. Kite’s Nest brings together many of my passions as a person and as a parent. I have been invested in learning about, participating in, and thinking through what it is I want my son and all children to experience in a learning environment.
The Hudson Valley is incredible in so many ways, and there are individuals and groups that inspire me when thinking about just the food system alone. I find a real equivalency between the things that I found fulfilling about my life in the Bay Area and what is happening here right now. I really appreciate it here, and think it’s an especially powerful moment to be living and working in this region.