Exciting News for 2016

We’ve had some great things going on here in the past few months, and things are looking great for 2016 as well! First, Green Bronx Machine was featured on PBS in the documentary In Defense of Food, featuring best-selling author Michael Pollan – you can still watch it online. On January 6 El Capitan traveled to Detroit[…]

Stephen Ritz on NPR

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: In the South Bronx in New York City, one of the poorest communities in the country, you can find one of NPR’s 50 Great Teachers. His school, Community School 55, doesn’t have a lot of money. The students live in public housing. Many of them have seen violence at home or in[…]

Green Bronx Machine featured on Upworthy

A life-long Bronx resident and educator turned his classroom into a farm, transforming the lives of his students and their community. Posted by Upworthy on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Thanks to Upworthy for this great piece!! Please take a moment to visit http://www.gofundme.com/GreenBronxMachine — we need your support to keep changing lives! THANK YOU and[…]

Thank You – Fulfillment Information

Dear Friends: Thanks one and all for your support  – thanks to you we hit our Barnraiser Campaign goal and will be funded. Now that the campaign has successfully ended, we can now proceed forward. All pledge gifts need to be ordered, then shipped to us and then shipped to you. While our stated fulfillment date[…]

Final 10 Days of Barnraiser

Dear Friends: As we head into our last ten days of our Barnraiser, we really want to raise the roof! Starting today, we have a brand new perk: STEPHEN RITZ! That’s right, between now and the end of our campaign you can purchase LIVE Skype or FaceTime with me – I’m delighted to speak one on[…]

Our Classroom of the Future NOW! Latest Drawings!

Dear Friends! I’m so proud to unveil our latest renderings of the National Health and Wellness Center at PS 55! If a picture is worth a thousand words, this rendering translates into 100 bags of vegetables a week – 52 weeks a year – aligned to academic outcomes and healthy school performance. Please take a moment to look carefully;[…]

Made in America; Built by Veterans

Dear Friends, Everyone loves a bargain; here’s one with a triple bottom line! Thanks to our good friend Karl Lovas of Healthy Kids Concepts, we’ve been able to secure donated Blendtec ES3 Commercial Blender kits. These beautiful, stylish blender kits complete with multiple canisters, cookbook and DVD are 100% American made; built and assembled by Veterans[…]

Back in School

Dear Friends, What an amazing few weeks! Between Global Teacher Prize and TEDxManhattan, we couldn’t possibly ask for more. But now, I’m thrilled to be back in the Bronx, back in school, right back with students and doing the work that needs to done daily. Today, we are so proud to highlight two outstanding students. On the left, meet Omar –[…]

Home From Dubai and Looking Forward

Dear Friends: Just back from Dubai and the Global Teacher Prize Ceremony; first and foremost my congratulations to Ms. Nancie Atwell. To be recognized and celebrated in the company of such dedicated, talented and committed individuals is more than I could have ever asked or hoped for. I am honored and grateful to be a part of such a[…]