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6pm Cocktails | 7pm Dinner 
The Sylvia Center’s programs in Columbia County engage youth in every step of the story of food from seed to plate, so they experience the joys of growing, preparing, and sharing fresh food together. Programs on Katchkie Farm start with a sensory tour of the Learning Garden. Students are encouraged to touch, smell, and taste from among the over 200 varieties of edible vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.  Later, students dig, weed and harvest before moving to the outdoor kitchen to chop, mix, cook, and eat a healthy, delicious group lunch while talking about what they have learned and enjoying each other’s company. As importantly, they get to enjoy a beautiful day in nature, a delicious meal they’ve prepared themselves, collaboration, and new friendships.

Our healthy cooking programs in Hudson provide youth and their families with the skills and resources to be able to cook and eat healthy food on a budget. In a 6-week course, students learn all they need to prepare meals at home and  how to find affordable, fresh ingredients.

This year, The Sylvia Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary. Between our programs in Columbia County and New York City, over 20,000 students have been to the farm and taken our classes since 2007. Some of our students have become teachers themselves -- in their own communities and schools. Our new Train the Trainer program launched in early 2017 -- and through this program, organizations can send their staff to learn The Sylvia Center curriculum and teaching techniques so that they can offer classes in their schools, community centers, and after-school programs.

Please join us to celebrate ten years and launch our second decade. Your support will enable thousands more young people and their families to enjoy a beautiful day in nature, delicious meals they prepare themselves, collaboration and new friendships.

Dinner Co-Chairs
Betsy Jacobs Berliner and David Berliner 
Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman
Debbie and Ralph Gardner
Steven Harris and Lucien Rees-Roberts
Renee Iacone and Stephen Clearman
Jacob Israelow and Tanushri Kumar 
Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger

Dinner Committee
Courtney Archer-Buckmire
Rob Arango and Gary Stefanick
Susan Ball and John Brigham
Didi and David Barrett
Jennifer Baum
Scott Berrie
Myra and Chuck Biblowit
Lynn Cole and Ian Rosenblum
Jerry Croghan and Louis Hedgecock
Cindy and David Edelson
Nina P. Freedman and Michael Rosenbaum
Paul M. Freeman and Tracey J. Freeman
Tara and Joseph Gendelman
Benjamin Giardullo and Kundi Glasson
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman
Liz and Steve Gruber
Jean Hamilton and Rick McCarthy
John Hannam
Steve Harris
Lara and Doug Holtz
Meredith Kane and Rick Sharp
Carole and Frank Lalli
Sally and Stuart Lesser
Beth Linskey and Charlie Brennan
Camille Massey and Gillie Holme
Phil and Chantal Meldrum
Dodi Meyer
Amy Todd Middleton and Curt Middleton
Scott Millstein and Jae Lee
Susan and Harry Newton
Linda and Jack Pelaccio
Michael Pollack and Barbara Marcus
Howard Pulchin and Joerel Ramo​s
Ruth Reichl
John Rhea and Tiffany Hall
Julie Sacks
Bill and Dara Schreiber
Anita Sibony and Jonathan Adelsberg

Nina and Rudd Simmons
Krystle Watler
Amie Weitzman and David Adler
Allison Whiting and Fred Schroeder
Bonnie Yochelson and Paul Shechtman

Please contact us with any questions at or call (212) 337-6075. Thank you!