At the Common Council Youth & Aging Committee meeting on Wednesday, Youth Department recreation supervisor George Bednar reported that Katchkie Farm would be doing a program this fall at the Youth Center.
Katchkie Farm is the organic farm in Kinderhook that supplies Great Performances, Liz Neumark's empire of catering and cafes in New York City. It conducts farm programs for New York City kids, through the Sylvia Center, a not-for-profit whose mission is to inspire kids to make healthy food choices by exposing them to a wide variety of seasonal produce and teaching them essential cooking skills. Approximately 90 percent of the children the Sylvia Center works with in New York City qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
That Katchkie Farm will be bringing its program to encourage eating well to the Youth Center is certainly good news, but for some it recalls the bitter days of yesteryear when a similar program that existed briefly at the Hudson Youth Center, Kids in the Kitchen, the brainchild of local restaurateur and farm-to-table pioneer Carole Clark, was cancelled and its raised-bed garden "disassembled" to make room for a senior center which was never built.