What We Do
In New York City
Learning skills for a healthier life
In New York City, our direct service after school programs are implemented in three strategic formats: Teen Culinary Apprenticeship, Cooks for Health, and Train-the-Trainer. In these classes, young people and their families are exposed to a wide variety of fresh food and instruction in the cooking techniques needed to prepare a simply, healthy meal.
To increase our impact and ensure sustainability, we train teens, young adults, and community partners to implement healthy cooking programs through a Train-the-Trainer model. Through intensive learning, coaching and mentorship, these trainees learn to teach our curriculum, develop classroom management skills, and promote healthy eating habits.
In Columbia County
Seeing where food comes from
In Columbia County, youth are engaged in every step of the story of food, from seed to plate. The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm’s on-farm and community-based programs in Columbia County served over 1,500 youth, teens, adults, families, and community members in 2017.
Full-day programs at Katchkie Farm start with a tour of the greenhouses and farm. Later, youth are busy planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, and creating a healthy meal using what they have picked.
Most recently, we have expanded our programs to Germantown Central School District, and are training teachers in healthy cooking curriculum, so they can eventually teach in their own classrooms.
I can’t wait to cook for my mom when I get home.Kelvin, Katchkie Farm student
“I love cooking because it makes me feel like I really know how to do something.”Yariel, age 9, Williamsburg Community Center
"I used to only let Asyiah help me with baking, but he showed us the other day how to use the knife and use your bear claw. He's learned so much over the summer. Now, I can have him help me in the kitchen."Mom of Asyiah, age 9