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Reunited and It Feels So Good!

2015-06-21 07.07.32Steve Ritz, El Capitan of Green Bronx Machine stopped by Masumoto Family Farm to get a tour from fellow TEDxManhattan speaker Nikiko Masumoto.

Steve is a South Bronx educator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn and earn a better one. A Top Ten Finalist for the Global Teach Prize and the 2015 TEDxManhattan Award recipient, Steve is now focusing his energy on building the National Health and Wellness Center at PS 55. Learn more about Steve and see his inspiring talk here.

Nikiko Masumoto is a farmer, artist and creator. Born in the Central Valley of California, Nikiko spent her childhood slurping over-ripe peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm where she still works to this day. Her passion for arts and activism is woven with her love of the land and dreams of a sustainable future. See her full talk that had the TEDxManhattan audience in tears here.

Masumoto Family FarmA very special thank you to Steve and Nikiko for sharing these breathtaking photos. Check out all of the photos here!

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2015 TEDxManhattan Award Winner Green Bronx Machine

GBXCelebrating innovative, results-oriented, creative individuals, groups or companies working in the sustainable food and farming field, TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is pleased to announce Green Bronx Machine is the winner of the 2015 TEDxManhattan Award.

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” also announced this year’s second place winner, Cafeteria Culture and third place winner, Wholesome Wave.

As part of the Award, Steve Ritz of Green Bronx Machine will speak onstage at TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” on March 7, 2015, in New York City.  Green Bronx Machine will be introduced to the TEDxManhattan community, and you will be given the opportunity to support Steve and his work. If you want to help – or you want to receive more information about Green Bronx Machine, please fill out this form.  

With an exciting roster of experts and innovators, TEDxManhattan raises public awareness about critical issues facing the food system while fostering collaboration within the food movement.  In order to be inclusive, TEDxManhattan also invites communities, organizations, and individuals to organize viewing parties worldwide for the live webcast of this one-day TEDx event.

Supported by lead sponsor Change Food, this independently organized TEDx event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections and collaborations across disciplines. Since its inception in 2011, TEDxManhattan has become a nationally-recognized brand and a sought-after platform for individuals and organizations working on issues related to sustainable food and farming.  As Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook recently said, “This institution, TEDxManhattan, has changed the food movement.”

Congratulations to the winners and all of the finalists.  And thank you to everyone who voted and to our esteemed judges.

Change Food is a nonprofit whose mission is to connect and transform the food we eat, the people who produce it, and the world in which it is grown. To read and learn more, visit The Guide to Good Food blog. 

Offstage at TEDxManhattan: Green Bronx Machine

2012 TEDxManhattan speaker Steve Ritz and his organization, Green Bronx Machine, were at TEDxManhattan 2014 showing off their indoor vertical gardens.  Steve was interviewed offstage about his work.  See his 2012 talk here.

Green Bronx Machine Founder Steve Ritz on His Award-Winning Video

Steve Ritz at TEDxManhattan 2014.

Steve Ritz at TEDxManhattan 2014.

Like thousands of others, filmmaker Brendan van Meter first encountered Stephen Ritz at the 2012 TEDxManhattan conference. Stephen, the founder of Green Bronx Machine, gave a talk introducing viewers to his organization, which uses farming to get high school students in the Bronx more engaged in school, while also teaching them about healthy eating and growing enough food to feed not just the kids but the surrounding community. The organization proves that, as Stephen says, “It is easier to raise healthy children than fix broken men.” His TEDxManhattan talk, filmed by Brendan in his role as TEDxManhattan’s Director of Video Production, has been watched more than 100,000 times online.

Brendan, President of Beaconhouse Media, and Stephen have since collaborated on a short video about Green Bronx Machine that won the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 Real Food Media Contest, as well as being named first runner-up. In the video, Stephen’s students talk about the impact of Green Bronx Machine on their lives. In the words of one, “This program changed the way I thought about going to school because I had actually something to look forward to.” Stephen and Brendan discuss the video in a recent interview on the Real Food Media Contest website.

Stephen also gave an update on his work at TEDxManhattan 2014, where he exhibited the tower gardens used by Green Bronx Machine, which allow produce to be easily grown indoors.

Watch Brendan & Stephen’s award-winning video to learn more about this “new Bronx story.” You can get more information, and learn how to get involved, at greenbronxmachine.com. For more about Beaconhouse Media, see beaconhousemedia.com.

NYC Kids Partner to Build TEDxManhattan Backdrop

A group of 17 middle and high school students from two NYC schools came together earlier this month to build the backdrop for  TEDxManhattan, which will take place Feb. 16.  The backdrop will decorate the stage, and will be seen by not only several hundred attendees, but thousands who will watch online at official viewing parties or from their homes or offices.

The project brought together kids from The Calhoun School, a Manhattan private school, and Hyde Leadership Charter School, located in the Bronx in one of America’s poorest Congressional Districts.  It was organized by Steve Ritz, a 2012 TEDxManhattan speaker and dean of students at Hyde Leadership, and David Hyman, a Calhoun teacher.  The two educators see the project as the beginning of a model of school and community collaboration.

The process of creating the backdrop was filmed, and a clip will be shown at TEDxManhattan.  Read more on Calhoun’s website.

Change Food is a nonprofit whose mission is to connect and transform the food we eat, the people who produce it, and the world in which it is grown. To read and learn more, visit The Guide to Good Food blog.