We’re growing a community of healthy eaters — and it starts with teaching young people how to cook.

In New York City, obesity hits hardest in communities already suffering from health and economic disparities:


of NYC kids ages 10-17 are estimated to be overweight or obese


of NYC adults are estimated to be overweight or obese


of NYC residents in low-income communities are estimated to be overweight or obese


Studies show the more time people spend cooking at home, the lower their rate of obesity.

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In low-income communities where processed, high-calorie foods are prevalent and healthy, whole foods are scarce, The Sylvia Center provides essential programs that teach young people the skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

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May 12, 2016 in Blog, Events, News, On the farm

You’re Invited to Our Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner – June 23, 2016

Please join us on Saturday July 23, 2016 for our annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner in the fields of Katchkie Farm. Our dinner will feature seasonal and local ingredients and…

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April 14, 2016 in Events, On the farm

Help us get ready for the season

Spring is making its way to the farm. Seeds are germinating in the greenhouse, the chickens are laying more eggs, ice on the pond has melted, buds on the trees... Read More
April 11, 2016 in Blog, On the farm

The Sylvia Center teaches cooking class for Perfect Ten at Valley Variety

“Oven open!!!” Chef Jillian announced as she carefully removed two casserole dishes.  The contents: a beautifully browned Quinoa Berry Brulee, and a Spinach and Cheese Strata, bubbling hot. On this... Read More