We Grow Vegetables... and Students! One student at a time, one classroom at a time, one school at a time.

About

top 10 health and wellness programs in the US

About
About

top 100 education innovation programs in the World

About

Mission

Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.

Vision

We believe that healthy students help drive healthy schools, and that healthy schools are at the heart of healthy communities. We envision growing healthy communities where those who are “apart from” will become “part of” new solutions that benefit 100% of society; a world where people do not have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. Together, we can grow something greater! Ready, set, GROW!

Impact

2018 – 2019 School Year

We are proud to report we opened the first wheelchair accessible educational farm and kitchen in the United States, expanded our reach to more than 50,000 students daily across 20 states, and were named a Top 10 Health and Wellness Program in America by the Harkin Institute.

2017 – 2018 School Year

We are proud to report we were named to the HundrED List: the top 100 educational innovations in the world; and featured on the cover of Time for Kids Magazine!

2016 – 2017 School Year

We are proud to report our best NYC Department of Education Quality Review in the history of the school.

2015 – 2016 School Year

We are proud to report a 45% increase in passing rates school-wide on NYS Science Exams.

2014 – 2015 School Year

We are proud to report a 50% reduction in behavioral incidents and out-of-class time: teachers are teaching and students are learning.

History

Green Bronx Machine is an impact driven, for-purpose organization with 501(c)(3) status rooted in the belief that we are all Amer-I-Cans! Green Bronx Machine was born via collaboration between life-long educator Stephen Ritz and his students who observed that as waistlines expanded, engagement and opportunities in school decreased, school performance suffered, and hope and ambition became minimized. Originally an after-school, alternative program for high school students, Green Bronx Machine has evolved into K-12+ model fully integrated into core curriculum. Our students grow, eat and love their vegetables en route to spectacular academic performance. 85,000 pounds of vegetables later, our favorite crops include healthy students, high performing schools, graduates, registered voters, living wage jobs and members of the middle class. Our work, vision and mission are as organic and locally grown as it gets – straight from our classroom to our community.

WHO WE ARE

Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz is the Founder of Green Bronx Machine and self-proclaimed CEO – Chief Eternal Optimist – of Bronx County.

Lizette Ritz

Lizette is the Executive Director of Green Bronx Machine. She is a people person and outcome driven; her expertise lies in seeing the potential in people and projects aligned to policy and procedure.

Michaela Ritz

Michaela has been involved with GBM from its inception and has grown to develop a passion for helping communities through the melding of environmental justice and stewardship.

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CONTACT

We love to hear from friends. Odds are we are with our students at this very moment, but would love to start a conversation when we are able. We look forward to hearing from you and promise to get back to you just as soon as we get our heads out of the lettuce.

Fill out the contact form below or email info@greenbronxmachine.org