The National Health, Wellness & Learning Center at CS 55

We inherited a 60 x 25 foot empty library in a 100+ year old school building, and we turned it into the National Health, Wellness & Learning Center at CS 55, a community school in the South Bronx; an innovative and engaging wonderland where students and teachers grow their way and work towards a brighter future.

Healthy Students + Healthy Schools = Healthy Communities

We believe that healthy students are at the heart of healthy schools, and healthy schools are at the heart of healthy communities. By integrating plant-based teaching with core school curriculum, we grow healthy food, healthy students and healthy academic performance.

Thank you for supporting Bronx educator Stephen Ritz (AKA El Capitan ) and Green Bronx Machine in our effort to build the facility that is a model for expansion across the nation.

Vegetables Grown and Cooked in School….OH MY!

So just what is the National Health and Wellness Center?  It is a place of inquiry and wonder, inspiration and aspiration, a place full of tactile and experiential learning opportunities for students and teachers.

  • Indoor Teaching Farm, with seven Tower Garden systems that keep crops growing fresh regardless of the weather outside
  • A Traditional Grow Light System
  • A Seedling Development System
  • Electricity-Generating Bicycles
  • Media and Resource Center, stocked with Common Core curriculum guides and lesson plans so that our educators and students can maximize the benefits of the space
  • An Outdoor Garden with raised garden beds and self-irrigation system
  • The Green Bronx Machine Mobile Classroom Kitchen!

 

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Paella is Arabic!
Paella’s origins is that servants would take the leftovers from Moroccan royal banquets and cook it up over open fires into delicious dishes they would take home to their families. The word “paella” came from the Arab word “بقايا”, which means “leftovers”.