Kids’ Art Class at Katchkie Farm on August 3

Jul 16, 2014
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Artist April Stewart Klausner will conduct a 3-hour drawing and painting session inspired by the flowers and vegetables growing in The Sylvia Center’s Children’s Garden.


Sunday, August 3, 2014



The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm

745 Fischer Rd, Kinderhook, NY 12106


For children ages 7 to 12

$30 program fee per child
All art supplies will be provided
Limited space is available

To register or inquire, please contact Julie Cerny at (518) 758-2170



Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Feb 26, 2014
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Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, July 19, 2014
to Benefit The Sylvia Center


Buffet dinner, fresh from the fields of Katchkie Farm featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Sylvia Center’s programs for youth in Columbia County.


Cocktail hour will take place from 6-7pm and we will sit down for dinner at 7pm. We hope you will join us for this delicious night at the Farm! Our dinner will occur rain or shine.


Click here to learn more
about The Sylvia Center



Debbie Gardner

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Renee Iacone


Committee Members
Rob Arango & Gary Stefanick
Peter Aschkenasy
John Banta & Daniel O’Donnell
Didi & David Barrett
Jennifer Baum
Elliot Berkowitz & Kelly Schunk
David & Betsy Berliner
Scott Berrie
Myra & Charles Biblowit
Warren & Lenny Collins
Jerry Croghan & Louis Hedgecock
Cindy & David Edelson
Sheldon Evans & Martha McMaster
Judith R. Fishman
Scott Frankel & Jim Jospeh
Ben Giardullo
Nancy Ginsberg
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman
John Hannam
Nicholas Haylett & Timothy Husband
Bill Irwin & Martha Roth
Jacob Israelow & Tanushri Kumar
Beth Linskey
Stephen Metcalf & Koethi Zan
Amy & Curt Middleton
Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger
Ornella Pisano & Pietro Rossini
Michael Pollack
Ruth Reichl
Paul Shechtman & Bonnie Yochelson
Nina Simmons
Peter Spears & Brian Swardstrom



Ticket and Sponsorship Levels

Online ticket sales have ended. Please contact Jenn by phone at (212) 337-6075 or by email at to inquire about purchasing tickets.




Seed Ticket $150

One ticket to the benefit.  Supports the purchase of ingredients for 1 Fresh Food program day. $100 of this ticket is tax-deductible. Purchase Online


Root Ticket $500

One ticket to the benefit.  Supports 1 year of Seed to Plate program for 1 student. $450 of this ticket is tax-deductible. Purchase Online



Journal Ads $300

An ad buys you a page in our printed journal. Ads due by June 30, 2014. All ads are 100% tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


Leaf Sponsor $5,000

Provides funding for a full year of the Seed to Plate program for 1 school in Columbia County. Includes reserved seating for 10; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $4,500 is tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


Flower Sponsor $10,000

Provides funding for Fresh Food Comes from the Farm for 3 Columbia County schools.  Includes reserved seating for 10; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $9,500 is tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


Fruit Sponsor $15,000

Provides funding for one full-time Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm intern, or for Fresh Food Comes from the Farm for 5 Columbia County schools. Includes reserved seating for 10; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $14,500 is tax-deductible. Download RSVP Form


If you are unable to attend but would like to support The Sylvia Center, contributions can be made here.


Come for the meal, stay for the weekend!


No refunds available.


About The Sylvia Center

The mission of The Sylvia Center (TSC) is to inspire children to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Through our programs, children learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare it for themselves and their families. We teach skills that inspire children to establish independent healthy eating habits – so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.


On the farm, children learn about their food from seed to plate as a part of an immersive program where they are able to harvest produce, cook a meal and eat together while looking out over the fields.


In 2013, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm reached more than 1,000 children, teens and families — 760 of whom were participants from Columbia County and the Capital District. Also last year, TSC successfully piloted our Seed to Plate program, a series program taught in schools and youth centers that includes a capstone trip to the farm.



Spring Planting Day with Dan Zanes

Feb 24, 2014
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You’re Invited!

Saturday, May 10, 2014 Rain or shine!
at Katchkie Farm, Kinderhook, NY


Join The Sylvia Center and Dan Zanes, from Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes and Friends, to celebrate the coming of spring. Come sing songs and help us prep the garden for the growing season! All ages are welcome.


$10 suggested donation per family. To attend the event, please register at


Please bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the farm, or pre-order a boxed lunch for the day of the event when you register.


About Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican son jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has toured around the world sharing his handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. For more than a decade Grammy award winner Dan Zanes has been presenting his musical friends to the world with his original albums, introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—it’s just that people forgot about them. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his widely-acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Find more about Dan Zanes at



The Art of Cooking 2013

Oct 21, 2013
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Thank you to everyone who made The Art of Cooking such a successful, delicious and unforgettable evening!

On Tuesday, October 15th, thanks to the generosity of so many, we raised over $350,000 to fund The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health Program in New York City Housing Authority community centers. The event was the perfect moment to honor two early supporters of the Cooks for Health program: Rachael Ray and the Yum-o! organization, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The evening’s menu was curated by Rozanne Gold and inspired by The Sylvia Center’s seasonal and plant-based curriculum.

Student chefs from the Williamsburg NYCHA community center came and helped prepare hors d’oeuvres — including eggplant mozzarella crostini and green tomato gazpacho — and demonstrated some of the skills they have mastered through The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health program. They did a great job and had a blast talking about their favorite foods with Rachael Ray, whose natural enthusiasm and passion for healthy cooking with children inspired the evening.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude, and excited for the future. So many students will learn to cook in the coming year because of your support. Thanks to all for believing so much in the children we work with, and for making it possible for us to continue — and grow! — the work.

Here are just a few snapshots from the evening (click thumbnail to view full photo), and our brand-new video below, followed by special thanks to all our event sponsors, donors and supporters.






A big thank-you to all of our event supporters!


Gala Chairs

Cindy & David Edelson

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Amy Todd Middleton & Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger


Gala Committee

Sharon Avneri & Colin Finkelstein

Lizzie & Scott Domansky

Lara & Doug Holtz

Dina & David Weinstein

Amy Berlin Wolpert & Ivan Wolpert


Benefit Committee

Jody & John Arnhold

Ellen Ball

Donna & Anthony Barrett

Laura & Lloyd Blankfein

Alison Block & Stephane Gerson

Ashley Bradley

Allison Cayne

Ronnie Davis

Wendy Dessy

Leslie Dezer & Ricardo Salmon

Lauren & Lee Feldman

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

James Frey

Barrie Glabman & Adam Schwartz

Rozanne Gold & Michael Whiteman

John G. Hall

Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin

Harriet & Len Holtz

Maureen & Jonathan Holtz

Robert L. Ireland, Jr.

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Fran & Jack Levy

Amanda & Marcel Lundberg

Jackie Mahal & Ben Segal

Dodi Meyer MD

Katie Michel

Janet Montag

Lori & David Moore

Gary Podell

Heidi & Richard Reiger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Jill & Howard Sharfstein

Peggy & David Tanner

Mish Tworkowski

Teri & Barry Volpert


Platinum Sponsor

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman


Gold Sponsor

Tishman Speyer


Silver Sponsor


Cindy & David Edelson

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Alice & Tom Tisch

Joanne & Fred Wilson


Platinum Ticket

Ulrika & Joel Citron

Sherrell Andrews Kuhbach

Fran & Jack Levy

Teri & Barry Volpert


Gold Ticket

Susan Cahn & Mario Batali

Amy & Roger Faxon

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Sonia Gardner

Robert L. Ireland Jr.

Madhu Katta

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Michael Pollack

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Margaret Segal & David Topper

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Lisa Wolfe & Joseph Ravitch

Remco Van Vliet

Lise & Jeffrey Wilks


Auction Donors

Preston Bailey

Mark Bittman

Brooklyn Roasting Company


Fernanda Capobianco, Vegan Divas

Delaware North Companies

Cindy & David Edelson

Rob Endelman

Barbara Girodano

Rozanne Gold

Eve Goldberg

Great Performances

Steven Haigh, Zuma

Lara Holtz

Renee Iacone & Steve Clearman

The Jacobs Family

Zackary Lauth, Waited Collective

Loews Hotel

Manjiro Designs

Amy Todd Middleton

Murray’s Cheese

Nespresso USA

Paula Oland

Adam Platt

Ben Pollinger & Nick Livanos, Oceana

Paulette Tavormina

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