Katchkie Farm is a year-round NOFA-certified organic Community Supported Agriculture farm in Kinderhook, New York dedicated to building connections between consumers, food professionals & families and healthy, delicious local food. Katchkie prides itself on holistic stewardship of the land and its bounty.
Katchkie Farm’s partnership with the Sylvia Center enhances our educational mission by hosting children for hands-on farm-to-table culinary experiences and supporting their cooking programs in New York City.
Katchkie Farm is a year-round organic farming operation owned by the NYC-based catering company Great Performances. An industry first, Katchkie Farm represents a commitment in celebrating local flavors as well as an investment in sustainable agriculture and good earth practices. Katchkie sits on 60 acres in Columbia County, NY and yielded its first harvest in 2007.
Several ecologists visited in 2007 to document the farm, showing how Katchkie farm’s fields have hosted dynamic life for centuries. Conrad Vispo from Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program captured the various flora and fauna at Katchkie Farm over a period of two years.
In addition to its role as a traditional farm, Katchkie is home to The Sylvia Center, an educational nonprofit that introduces children to the pleasures and benefits of healthy, sustainable food through farm visits and cooking workshops. Katchkie Farm’s philanthropic role includes committing 5% of its annual harvest to anti-hunger organizations.
Farmer Bob Walker
Farmer Bob Walker manages the farm, leading seasonal workers in the tilling, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and all that goes into the daily processes of farming.
More about Farmer Bob Walker, Farm Manager:
Bob was a self-proclaimed “health food junkie,” religiously juicing carrots each morning when he realized the irony that he didn’t know where the carrots came from. When he first saw the overgrown tangle that was to become Katchkie Farm he felt as if it were waiting for his touch. Seven years later, Bob has transformed the place into a certified organic spread of vegetables and greenhouses framed by woodland preserve.
When to Visit
Our working farm is in active use to grow a wide variety of vegetables for our CSA program. We host three annual events for friends and families to come to Hudson Valley and experience farm life with all of its beauty and bounty!
If you are interested in arranging a farm visit on a day other than the public days listed below, please call Stefanie at 212-727-2424.
Annual Farm to Table Dinner
For the past seven years Katchkie has hosted a dinner that highlights the importance of communities. From New York City to Hudson to beyond, we join together in support of educating children and families on healthy eating.
Great Performances and Sylvia Center staff collaborate to create a memorable experience for all attendees while supporting The Sylvia Center's local programs. The proceeds from our most recent dinner on July 23, 2016 raised over $100,000 in sponsorships, tickets sales, and gifts, plus $26,000 from our very first, sunflower themed Fund-a-Need led by our auctioneer, Jerry Croghan. Thanks to the generosity of so many, we will be able to provide farm programs to 2,000 young people this year. This year's annual Farm to Table dinner will take place on Saturday, July 22.
Katchkie hosts a number of public events, including Spring Planting Day in May and Fall Harvest Day in September or October. Our guests are invited to join in the work on the farm and enjoy a potluck meal.
To learn more about additional volunteer opportunities, please e-mail Julie [dot] Cerny [at] sylviacenter.org.