Host Jenna Liut speaks with Stephen Ritz, an acclaimed Bronx educator and founder of the Bronx Green Machine, an impact driven, non profit. Originally an after-school, alternative program for high school students, Bronx Green Machine has evolved into a K-12+ model fully integrated into core curriculum. Stephen’s new book, The Power of a Plant, documents his own experience teaching for over 30 years in one of the most marginalized communities in the country, the South Bronx, and how he – quite accidentally – came to found an organization that addresses issues of childhood obesity, lack of access to healthy, affordable food and limited job opportunities that make it difficult to end the cycle of poverty in underserved neighborhoods.

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