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. 

read the latest from our blog

Recipe: Butternut Squash Hummus

| Blog, On the farm, Recipes | No Comments

At the Sylvia Center, we like to get creative with our recipes, using our own vegetables from Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, New York. Recently we harvested butternut squash from the…

Recipe: Beet and Black Bean Brownies

| Blog, On the farm, Recipes | No Comments

At The Sylvia Center, we love chocolate. This week we felt like baking a warm treat for the chilly days ahead, and this one is pretty unique — it has…

Inspiration for Your Family’s Kitchen

| Blog, General, On the farm, Recipes | No Comments

  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…