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.

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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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Spring Green Minestrone

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Spring Green Minestrone Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 leek, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 cup dried macaroni 1 15-oz can cannellini…

Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Marchese

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About Nicole:  I grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY, but now I live in a small lakeside town in the Adirondacks. I have a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Health…

Save the Date for The Sylvia Center’s Farm Event!

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We’re excited to share a beautiful summer evening with friends and family in the fields of Katchkie Farm! Mark your calendar and join us for The Sylvia Center’s Farm Event…