First Signs of Spring

Mar 17, 2014
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After such a snowy winter, it’s hard to believe that spring is arriving. But,


in January, we ordered seeds,


in February, we started seeds in the greenhouse,


and just last week, our baby chicks arrived.


Help us kick off the season by making a contribution today. Your gift will help us pay for all of the pre-season expenses that allow us to open up our Children’s Garden at Katchkie Farm to hundreds of children starting in May:


$25 will buy five varieties of seeds towards the 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers we grow at the farm


$50 will buy two weeks of organic feed for our baby chicks


$100 will buy cooking supplies for our Seed-to-Plate classes in Columbia County schools and community centers


$150 will buy a month of feed, bedding, and other supplies for our two piglets


Any amount you choose - all donations make a difference!




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 SylviaCenterSPD2014.eventbrite.com


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 www.danzanes.com.



Sylvia’s Table: Farm-Fresh Cookbook On Sale Now

Aug 15, 2013
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Every year, children flock to the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in upstate New York to learn firsthand about where fresh food comes from—how to grow it, how to harvest it, and how to use it to prepare great-tasting meals. Now Sylvia’s Table brings these lessons and recipes straight from the farm to your kitchen in a deliciously unique cookbook for families. From Homemade Apple Roll-Ups to Butternut Squash Bread Pudding and from Spinach and Strawberry Salad to Grilled Tamarind Turkey Burgers and Baked Sweet Potato Fries, here are almost two hundred recipes that you and your family will enjoy.


Featuring recipes from “the friends of Katchkie Farm”—chefs like Michael Romano of Union Square Cafe and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto; culinary experts including Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin; cookbook authors Giuliano Bugialli, Rozanne Gold, Deborah Madison, and, Sara Moulton; and many others—this is a family cookbook guaranteed to be loved by cooks (and kids) of all ages.


Available Now


Order Today!

All profits go to benefit The Sylvia Center.



Online Auction

Apr 30, 2013
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Support the Sylvia Center, Bid Online!

Now through May 16


Auction lots range from a day of distilling with spirits maven Allen Katz; to private cooking lessons and meals with chef Rozanne Gold and food editor Mindy Fox; to your own private supper club staged by chef and food writer Tamar Adler and composer Gabriel Kahane.


Your bidding will help us raise funds towards a matching grant of $50,000 from Robin Quivers’ 15 Foundation to expand our culinary education program for youth, teens and families living in NYCHA public housing.




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