Green Bronx Machine

March 13th, 2013

Changing the Way We Eat

It’s an unlikely scenario: students in one of the most densely populated and economically challenged areas of the US (in fact, the poorest congressional district in the country) becoming productive farmers and environmental stewards. But that’s exactly what Stephen Ritz and his Green Bronx Machine are doing, making a significant difference in his South Bronx community and for his students’ future.

Ritz is extremely passionate about what he does, and it shows both in academic results and in the well- being of his students and their families. Known for his inspiring vision, Ritz sees farming as a metaphor for education. “We’re planting all kinds of seeds –academic seeds, cultural seeds, seeds of hope,” Ritz says. “I call it cultivating minds and harvesting hope.”

The project, which has now travelled to other communities in the Northeast, allows kids, many of whom are homeless and without access to fresh, healthy food, to grow produce right in their community, all while learning science, math, technology and a host of 21st century skills.

Learn more about the  Green Bronx Machine.

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