Talk about a teacher I wish I had, or better yet I wish my son could have. He is a rare gem; a commodity all of humanity can appreciate. He took a passionate approach to teaching; caring not about a pay check but about bettering the lives of his students, his school, and his community. Stephen Ritz started a garden in his classroom which grew and grew; into a farmer’s market, green-wall projects, a community garden, greenroof installations, small businesses and finally into a Nonprofit organization The Green Bronx Machine.
He started the project at Walton High School in the south Bronx with a student body that had a 40% attendance rate. After the start of his projects kids in his class had a 93% attendance rate. They have grown in excess of 20,000 pounds of vegetables for local charities, earned prestigious summer internships with garden designers and started careers in green industries such as greenroof installation with Green Living Technologies. These videos are more than inspiring, they reminds us that a single person (and a garden) can make a difference.