Through our programs, young people learn essential skills in the kitchen and gain the confidence to make healthier choices now, and in the future. Young people are applying the skills they learn in our cooking classes to other areas of their life and becoming advocates for healthy communities.
I can’t wait to cook for my mom when I get home.
– Kelvin, Katchkie Farm Student
Learn essential skills in the kitchen, so they can cook simple, healthy meals at home.
Gain confidence through cooking and doing something that’s good for them and their families.
Make healthy choices. Now, and in the future.
Where We Work
Our work depends largely on strong relationships with outstanding partner organizations in the community.
In New York City, this means strategically partnering with community-based organizations that provide after-school programming in community centers and schools in underserved neighborhoods. We partner to provide our programs to their enrolled students. The majority of these programs sites are on NYCHA properties or associated with public schools.
In Columbia County, we partner with public schools, as well as other youth-serving organizations and community-based organizations, to bring our programs into the community and onto our Learning Garden at Katchkie Farm. We cast a wide net to bring interested groups in for place-based learning on the farm and rely on volunteers for supporting these immersive days.
For our older youth in both locations, we partner directly with high schools and youth organizations to recruit our students and ensure academic credit and paid work are provided as part of their learning experience. These students are taught in professional kitchen spaces and connected with a variety of opportunities within the food industry.