Cultivating Futures: The Kite’s Nest Greenhouse Project Blooming in Hudson, New York

KitesNest- outside of greenhouse

Nestled along the Hudson River and in close proximity to the picturesque Catskill Mountains, Hudson, New York, interweaves the vibrancy of urban life with the natural world. Hudson has become in recent years a haven for tourism, but thanks to a thriving network of community organizations, there’s much more to this city than what one will find in its high-end restaurants and retail stores.

A prime example of this synergy can be found within the city’s only community garden, stewarded by Kite’s Nest. 

This youth-centric organization is steadfast in its mission to improve the conditions affecting children from varied backgrounds, facilitating transformative community programs and events. 

Ceres had the opportunity to partner with Kite’s Nest to conceptualize and build a greenhouse, aligning with the organization’s aspirations. We recently reconnected with Caleb Linville, Kite’s Nest’s hired architect, to delve deeper into how this greenhouse intertwines with Kite’s Nest’s objectives.

Hired to design a new campus, which encompasses a year-round greenhouse, Caleb and his team at CLA were introduced to Ceres by Kite’s Nest because our greenhouse designs met the project’s prerequisites. Together, we designed a 23’x40’ single-sloped greenhouse that not only adheres to energy-efficiency and sustainability standards, but also prioritizes being a welcoming space for classes and events, accommodating both people and plants.

Kites_Nest- outside of greenhouse

Complementing the greenhouse, CLA designed an attached building/head house, extending towards the road that mirrors the greenhouse’s shape to the north. Serving as an inviting façade to visitors, this extension enlarges the greenhouse’s footprint, offering additional space for diverse activities. 

Despite its primary role as a community gathering spot, the greenhouse also supports the Kite’s Nest community garden. Hudson’s growing season is fairly long (April through November) but the success of the community garden relies on starting plants in the greenhouse in early spring. Many individuals benefit from the community garden as it is open to the public and is used for youth programs and camps.

KitesNest- the garden

An exemplary program, “ReGen Teen,” utilizes both the community garden and the greenhouse to impart regenerative agriculture practices and vital vocational farming skills to teenagers, thereby nurturing the forthcoming generation of mindful farmers. These teens are engaged in a multitude of tasks – from planting and harvesting to packaging and marketing the produce. Kite’s Nest envisions utilizing the greenhouse as a retail space, enabling the ReGen Teens to sell their produce to their community. 

The greenhouse and the head house are just the initial steps in Kite’s Nest’s journey on the property. With plans for another building to accommodate more programming and gathering spaces, Kite’s Nest is dreaming big, aspiring to provide the community with a myriad of educational experiences. They’re meticulously crafting a campus that stimulates creativity, joy, well-being, community engagement and radical imagination.

KitesNest- inside of greenhouse

We, at Ceres, are privileged that our greenhouse design plays a crucial part in Kite’s Nest’s movement of building community power. Knowing that the kids and program leaders alike get immense value from their greenhouse space fills us with the utmost gratification, and we are excited to experience the continued growth and evolution of the Kite’s Nest campus.

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