Building upon the “New York Yankees Healthy Home Plate Program”, the famous baseball team has partnered with tower garden and Green Bronx Machine to teach young people the importance of having a healthy nutrition.
“We grow vegetables, our vegetables grow students,” Stephen Ritz said in an interview with mlb.com, “and our students grow high-performing schools and happy, healthy resilient communities.”
The towers were unveiled on Monday 23 at Yankee Stadium’s Gate. The ceremony has seen the participation of community leaders, Yankees executives, local students and pitches Nestor Cortes and Michael King amongst others.
Using the aeroponic garden system of Tower Farms, the structure enables the growth of healthy, fresh produce that requiring marginal resources. It provides a hands-on learning experience for students taking part in the Yankees Program. In addition, from June, items grown in the space will also be served to fans in selected menu items.
The program will serve young people from New Settlement, a Bronx nonprofit organization aiming at brekaing systemic barriers, advance justice and promote leadership as well as strenghtening neighborhoods in the Bronx. The program is also currated with the assistance of Green Bronx Machine, a full K-12+ indoor gardening curriculum.
About Green Bronx Machine:
Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development.
Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.