Green Bronx Machine

by Leah Butz
Green Bronx Machine
South Bronx
New York City
Director, Manager or CEO
Stephen Ritz
Community members served per month
Year Started
Began loosely in 2009 and became an official nonprofit in 2011
Major Funders
Individual donations, volunteers
Latest Projects
The National Health, Wellness, and Learning Center at CS 55. We have inherited a 60 x 25-foot empty library in a 100+-year-old school building as our future home, and we dream of turning it into the National Health, Wellness & Learning Center in the South Bronx; an innovative and engaging wonderland where students and teachers can grow their way and work towards a brighter future.
Interesting Fact
Every day hundreds of kids show up to grow fruits and vegetables. Our students have presented nationally and have traveled from our local greenhouse to the White House, always ready, willing and able to export our grit, talent, and diversity. Along the way some of our critical benchmarks have included moving targeted daily attendance rates from 40 percent to 93 percent, 100 percent passing rates on New York State Examinations, and partnering towards 2,200 youth jobs.
Areas Served
Major Issues
Community Gardens, School Gardens, Urban Agriculture
Frequently used hashtags
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