Our programs

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Through our programs, young people come to understand what food is, how it’s grown, and perhaps most importantly, that they themselves can choose to make good food for their own bodies.

In the city


Teaching skills for a healthier life

All year long, The Sylvia Center offers after-school programs in community centers throughout New York City. Students learn to take an active role in their daily diet through hands-on experiences with fresh, whole foods. Our team of dedicated instructors show students where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to cook delicious, affordable meals with seasonal, local produce.

“I love cooking because it makes me feel like I really know how to do something.”  — Yariel, age 9, Williamsburg Community Center

On the farm


Connecting kids and teens with farms and food.

The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY offers hands-on programs from May through October. Participants experience a working farm in operation with over ten acres of cultivated land and 9,000 square feet of greenhouse space. They learn to turn farm fresh ingredients into simple, delicious meals.

“I can’t wait to cook for my mom when I get home.” Kelvin, Katchkie Farm student