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

The Sylvia Center’s mission is to open new possibilities for more young people by increasing knowledge of and desire for healthy foods. We invite young people to build healthier lives by teaching them how to cook with healthy foods as a foundation. And we encourage them to share their new-found knowledge and skills with others.

Students served since 2007

our impact


of students who complete the program will improve their diet by eating more vegetables on a regular basis


achieve significant improvement in self-efficacy in the kitchen


young people learn to cook with us every year — in New York City and Columbia County combined. 

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Inspiration for Your Family’s Kitchen

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  A group of homeschoolers visited The Sylvia Center at Katchie Farm for a complete day of gardening and enjoyed a full culinary experience. They started the day by digging…

Training for a Busy Season

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Earlier this month, The Sylvia Center’s Community Chef instructors, assistants, office staff, and dietetic interns came together for the annual staff training. In preparation for the new season, our team…

Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Zucchini, and Roasted Eggplant Recipe

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At this time of year on Katchkie Farm, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes are still in season and ready to eat. They’re easy to prepare and enjoy in a warm dish…