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

The Sylvia Center is a nutrition education and youth development organization that works in high-need, high-potential communities to show young people how to establish healthy habits that lead to happier and more productive lives.



In community kitchens across New York City and Columbia County, students learn what it takes to prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis. By learning practical skills, working together as a team, and becoming more open to trying new things, our students gain confidence knowing they can do something that’s good for themselves now, and the future.

For our older students, we connect this work to real opportunities in the local food system – building connections to potential careers in restaurants, entrepreneurship and food justice. We believe that we can grow a more equitable food system by engaging youth as advocates for nutritious food in their own communities and by connecting them to real opportunities for their future.

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Meet Community Chef Kat Hernandez

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This is a featured post from one of our Community Chefs, Kat Hernandez.   As we end our Spring cycle, I am filled with gratitude. Teaching with The Sylvia Center has...

Spring Orzo Salad with Arugula Pistou

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As our Learning Garden transitions from Spring to Summer, we are cooking with our favorite bright, tender and earthy spring vegetables as much as possible. In this Spring Vegetable Orzo…

Ichabod Crane Visits Katchkie Farm: Rhubarb Applesauce with Toasted Oats

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Every year, hundreds of students visit Katchkie Farm and have a chance to explore what is growing.  The Sylvia Center staff welcomes them to the farm and guides students through…