Alameda County Fairgrounds
APRIL 7 – 10, 2022


Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator/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 which they had never imagined — while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx — Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 85,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.

Stephen helped earn his school the first ever Citywide Award of Excellence from the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health and directly attributes these results to growing vegetables in school. The National Association of Secondary School Principals cited Stephen’s work and Green Bronx Machine as one of five national exemplars of service learning.

Stephen’s Bronx classroom featured the first indoor edible classroom in NYC Department Of Education, which routinely generated enough produce to provide healthy meals to 450 students while training the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. His programming is approved for School Garden to School Cafe; growing the food served in school in classrooms all year long.

Affectionately known as “America’s Favorite Teacher,” Stephen has moved attendance from 40% to 93% daily, helped partner towards 2,200 youth jobs in the Bronx and captured the United States EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in NYC. A strong advocate for Project Based Learning, Stephen is an annual presenter for the Buck Institute and works with school districts and universities across the country.

His TEDx Manhattan Talk boasts over 975,000 views – ranked in the Top 10 Food / Education TED Talks of all time and is used for teacher training / workforce development globally. Stephen is an Office Depot featured teacher – Teachers Change Lives!

Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, Stephen dreams of opening a nationally replicable Career Technical Education public school rooted in urban agriculture, green, and sustainable initiatives. Stephen recently lost more than 100 pounds by modeling positive behavior and eating what he and his students grow in school. Stephen believes that together, via collaboration, coalition and get to yes solutions, we can all prosper!


  • 2019 Project Green Schools Global Mentor Award
  • 2019 NYC WellCare Champion
  • 2018 Emmy Award – Growing A Greener World – Episode 808
  • 2018 Honorary PhD – State University of New York College at Potsdam
  • 2018 Global Humanitarian Award – Parenting 2.0
  • 2017 Global Food Educator – G7
  • 2017 E-Town eChievement Award
  • 2017 NYC Hometown Hero Award
  • 2017 World Maker Faire – Best In Show
  • ...and various others.

 Stephen's work has been featured in:

  • Forbes
  • Fast Company
  • USA Today
  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, TNT, Disney, NPR, PBS, Univision, Upworthy
  • ...and in many international media outlets

Stephen Ritz. Accessed Feb. 10, 2020.


Workshop Ticket includes admission