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The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools

An inspiring story about how incorporating gardening and plants into teaching curriculum moved the graduation rate of students from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher Stephen Ritz shows readers how, in one of the nation’s poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom…


Make It Happen!

Stephen Ritz never planned to be a teacher, and he knew nothing about growing food. “Make It Happen!” brings to life his story of passion, purpose, and hope to help students build the skills necessary to reach their own goals.

From overcoming obstacles to building communities through teamwork, each chapter has activities that readers can apply to their own lives. Packed with inspiration, motivation, personal growth & development, and a whole lotta veggies, “Make It Happen!” is the story of Stephen’s incredible Tower Garden journey.

© 2019 Stephen Ritz