Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Teacher and Founder Green Bronx Machine Brings the House Down with his Passion and Vision for Growing a New Kind of Green Economy
COLD SPRING, N.Y. , Feb. 02 /CSRwire/ - On a snowy Saturday in January, more than 350 attendees, 60 viewing parties, and 9,000+ online viewers attended and tuned in to watch 17 leaders in the world of sustainable agriculture and food speak about the state of agriculture, challenges to our food system, and innovative advances in the field. Most of the speakers have several advanced degrees, awards and impressive resumes. But it was the teacher from the South Bronx, Stephen Ritz, who brought the house down and earned the only standing ovation of the day with his talk on Growing a New Kind of Green Economy.
“The South Bronx is the poorest Congressional district in the country” he said, “and my hope is that my reach will exceed my grasp.” Working with his “kids,” underserved teenage students in the South Bronx, he developed the first “indoor edible wall” in New York City. Attendance in his class has jumped from 40 percent to over 90 percent, and his students are graduating and going to college. His “kids” have been asked to help share their technology and expertise with other schools, have helped put an edible garden on the John Hancock building in Boston and spent the summer in the Hamptons building a rooftop garden. “It’s simple,” says Ritz, who is teaching his third generation of students in the Bronx. “just show your Passion.”
Be inspired. Watch Stephen Ritz’s video and start changing the way your community eats – and thinks.
TEDxManhattan, an independently organized event licensed by TED, will be releasing the remaining talks from its January 21 event in the next couple of weeks at www.tedxmanhattan.org/2012talks/. Learn from speakers that include Consumer Reports Urvashi Rangan, who oversees their Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group and discusses problems with food labeling; Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States who shares his thoughts on the feelings and lives of farm animals, and President of Stone Barns Fred Kirschenmann, whose talk teaches us that soil is so much more than just dirt.
A DVD of the talks will be released in the Spring and photos of the event can be found on Flickr. For more information, please email TEDxManhattan@gmail.com; media can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her at 281. 980.6643.
The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming is the lead sponsor and host for TEDxManhattan 2012.
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