Stephen Ritz teaches at-risk kids in the South Bronx.
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown over 25,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.
His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. His students, traveling from Boston to Rockefeller Center to the Hamptons, earn living wage en route to graduation.
“Black field, brown field, toxic waste field, battlefield — we're proving in the Bronx that you can grow anywhere.”
“The greening of America starts first with the pocket, then with the heart and then with the mind.”
“Kids should not have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one.”
“Seventy percent of the kids that I see who are labeled learning disabled would not have been had they had proper prenatal nutrition.”