A professional chef, herbalist, and educator, Nicole LoBue is a co-founder and co-director of Kite’s Nest, where she oversees programming. She also runs the Alimentary Kitchen, a commercially-certified kitchen that serves as a classroom for the children of Kite’s Nest and a site for catering special events, community dinners, and pop-up events. Nicole’s love for food-as-healing informs and permeates her practice across fields, and her work has always linked food, wellness, and education: from managing her own catering company and collaborating with renowned kitchens and chefs, to running cafés and apothecaries with children and teenagers. Nicole’s workshops integrate food-craft and food justice, nutrition and herbalism, history and power, fiber and textile arts, craft and shelter, outdoor education and ecology, magic and story, promoting and encouraging the health and autonomy of young people. As an educator and as parent to 10-year old Sylvain, Nicole has found ways to infuse critical pedagogy and unschooling into all of her work -- in her home, in the kitchen, in the classroom and in the world.
Kaya Weidman is a co-founder and co-director of Kite’s Nest, where she oversees day-to-day operations, including community engagement, organizational development and visioning, administration, fundraising, development and communications. As an educator at Kite’s Nest, Kaya has taught woodworking, the history of social movements, urban gardening, and journalism to children and teens. Kaya began living in Columbia County twelve years ago as a land steward and farmer, when she started a collectively-run CSA called Germantown Community Farm on land where she continues to live. After traveling throughout Mexico and the US teaching about radio production and transmission as a tool for organizing and empowerment, she co-founded the local community radio station, WGXC 90.7-FM, Hands-On Radio in 2008. She served as the station's Director of Community Engagement, and chaired the governing council. Growing up, Kaya was supported to make choices about her own educational path, and she’s passionate about supporting young people in having the power to make choices about where and how they learn. A lifelong self-directed learner, Kaya’s favorite moments involve opportunities to share, learn and build with others.
co-director programs & communications
Sara Kendall is interested in the way cities change, and how people can participate in shaping their neighborhoods. She is interested in supporting people of all ages to make their own media and tell their own stories. She's interested in how our communities can be our classrooms, and how we can organize powerful movements for justice in the places we live.
Sara helped to start Kite’s Nest, and has been working as the communications director while teaching workshops about cardboard urban planning, radio journalism, and the geographies of stuff. In addition to her work with Kite’s Nest, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in geography and oral history at Concordia University, and works with Hudson’s Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center. Sara was the founding station manager of WGXC: Hands-on Radio, a community radio station and participatory media project serving Columbia and Greene Counties. In 2012, she helped to launch the Oral History Summer School 2012 in Hudson, designed to train an international group of writers, media-makers, social workers and teachers to make use of oral history. In 2011, Sara was recognized by the Open Space Institute as a "Young Leader of the Hudson Valley".