Green Bronx Machine, Stephen Ritz – Teacher growing Green in South Bronx

Green Bronx Machine is great. Food, nutrition and community building is something we at Borderlands Food Bank care about deeply. Watch the video for inspiring moments.

Stephen Ritz program is sustainable because he has brought in all the stakeholders, (teachers, parents, administrators, and students) and uses state accredited curriculum. By using food and plant life cycles to teach other subjects he incorporates health, wellbeing, and the environment around them with positive steps to academic success. One big take away when observing children interacting in this program is that it is not at all about the instructors, it is about the children, creating their own environment and solutions. It is creating this sense of wonder for children to explore and discover. It encourages discovery and critical thinking – skills that can be used in any aspect of life.

– Dr. Katie Wilson, USDA, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

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