Our programs

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Through our programs, young people come to understand what food is, how it’s grown, and perhaps most importantly, that they themselves can choose to make good food for their own bodies.

In the city


Learning skills for a healthier life

All year long, The Sylvia Center offers after-school programs in community centers throughout New York City. Students take on an active role in their daily diet through hands-on experiences with fresh, whole foods. Our team of dedicated instructors help students learn where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to cook delicious, affordable meals with seasonal, local produce.

“I love cooking because it makes me feel like I really know how to do something.”  — Yariel, age 9, Williamsburg Community Center

On the farm


Seeing where food comes from

The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY offers hands-on programs year around to students in Columbia County. From May to October, participants spend a day at Katchkie Farm, experiencing a working farm in operation with over ten acres of cultivated land and 9,000 square feet of greenhouse space. During the school year, students participate in healthy cooking classes that take place in after school programs and at community based sites in Hudson. 

“I can’t wait to cook for my mom when I get home.” Kelvin, Katchkie Farm student