Giving Tuesday

With results like these and waitlists of children to serve, now more than ever we need your support! We remain a volunteer program and are seeking funds to hire two local dedicated after school tutors – academic specialists so we can bridge the performance gap for our students. Given increasing costs, providing children & families[…]

School Garden to School Cafeteria

Input equals output! Last week we fed all 750+ students in the school a healthy, locally grown meal via our School Garden to School Cafeteria Program. Clean plates and healthy smiles are our signature, but most importantly as these pictures show, the children LOVED the meal eating healthy food across the rainbow. Attendance at the school is[…]

Green Bronx Machine selected as part of HundrED’s 100 global education innovations

October 4, 2017: Green Bronx Machine, the non-profit organization building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development, has been announced by global education non-profit HundrED, as one of its 100 innovative education projects across the world, all of which have been gathered over the past two[…]

Back to School

As we are well into Back to School mode, we just wanted to catch you up on our amazing summer, powered by Sodexo! Over six weeks, our scholars: Logged 5,579,532 steps Rescued 1,769 meals Acquired 108 new vocabulary words Wrote over 100 letters to people, businesses, and visitors Grew over 5,000 pounds of vegetables –[…]

AGLANTA 2017 Was a Hit!

We were so honored to feature our experience, strength, and hope to grow something greater in the beautiful city of Atlanta where El Capitan talked about what it meant to be Georgia Grown, keynoting the first ever Aglanta Conference to a standing ovation and speaking to a focus group at MODA – Museum of Design[…]

Brooklyn to the Bronx

Our National Health Wellness & Learning Center continues to attract visitors and attention from around the world and around New York City. Last week we hosted Ms. Negrelli’s class all the way from Coney Island! Her class learned about us via the internet and came for a day of lessons, full STEAM ahead! During our[…]

Book Fund! Help End the Summer Slide!

We’re determined to prevent the summer slide! While summer is a time to farm, get outside, and have fun – we also need to remember that learning and reading should never stop! According to Scholastic: During the school year, lower income children’s skills improve at close to the same rate as those of their more[…]

Speaking of Books…

We are so proud that our Founder, Stephen “El Capitan” Ritz, is releasing his book with Rodale: The Power Of A Plant. The book, co-written with friend and colleague Suzie Boss, highlights his odyssey of teaching in the Bronx dating back to 1984 and details the birth, genesis and evolution of Green Bronx Machine. True[…]