Mission

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.

History

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.

Public Days

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.

Press

August, 16

Great Performances cited for sustainability

Register-Star

August, 16

Fresh, healthy meals at take-out speed

Register-Star

November, 15

Katchkie Farm Slaw Recipe

Oprah

October, 15

Cook this at home: Great Performances' sugar pumpkin soup with pumpernickel croutons

AM New York

September, 15

This Is What Wall Street Eats for Lunch

Bloomberg Business

September, 15

Giving Back: Healing and Helping with Food

Specialty Food Magazine

August, 15

Never-never farm

Dirt Magazine

May, 15

Norah Jones Pays Tribute to Blue Note's Bruce Lundvall at Farm Aid Benefit

Billboard

May, 15

With Over 500 Shares, Running One of New York City’s Largest CSAs Takes Expert Planning

Edible Manhattan

April, 15

In the Field with Katchkie Farm’s Bob Walker

Garden Collage

April, 15

6 Salsas Worth Celebrating

Real Simple

February, 15

How the CSA Model Supports a Farm

Huffington Post

December, 14

Farm Confessional: I Deliver CSA Veggies in Manhattan

Modern Farmer

October, 14

Scene Last Night: Red Hook Farmers, Edelson, Gottesman, Neumark

Bloomberg Business

September, 14

Peach Pie and Policy: Senator Gillibrand’s Upstate BBQ

Edible Manhattan

July, 14

Melissa Clark’s Tips for Using Your CSA Vegetables

WNYC

July, 14

13 fancy foods, drinks that are refreshing, tasty

Today

October, 13

How to Make Vegetable Lasagna for Every Season

Food & Wine

September, 12

Veggies Go Farm to Cubicle

The Wall Street Journal

March, 12

NYC employers offer new flavor of corporate perk: local farm grown veggies delivered to the office

New York Daily News

February, 11

From the farm to the cubicle

Crain's New York Business