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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The Farm Event Rafflepalooza!

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Don’t miss your chance to win The Sylvia Center’s favorite things from the Hudson Valley! Buy Raffle Tickets Here – https://bit.ly/3rpBPgP One Raffle Ticket – $25  Five Raffle Tickets –…

Beet and Rutabaga Fritters with Yogurt Sauce and Sautéed Greens

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Beet and Rutabaga Fritters Serves 6 Ingredients: 1-2 small or medium-sized rutabagas, greens trimmed off 3 medium-sized beets, greens trimmed off 1 egg ½  cup flour ½  cup panko breadcrumbs…

Intern Spotlight: Alexa Pizzarello

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About Alexa: Hello! My name is Alexa and I grew up in Staten Island, NY. I enjoy cooking (who would of guessed!), hiking, being around animals, and constantly repotting all…