As a student at Columbia University’s prestigious school of journalism, Yardena Schwartz, pictured here with Martina, chose to cover (journalistiacally speaking) the Bronx as her project for this semester. Yardena and the harsh Bronx: you can figure out by yourself what a contrast this is. Walking the streets and the subways of the Bronx, Yardena fears nobody and nothing deters her. She is writing about the toughest issues: obesity and hunger, illegal work, new law for Latinos’ birth certificates. However, she is also covering the bright side of the Bronx: the art for kids at BRAC; the loving care at the Mary Mitchell Center (also for kids); the real artisanal foods at Gustiamo. She was particularly interested in learning how we are involved in our local community and the sessions we had this summer (GUSTiamO) when we taught a bunch of local kids where tomatoes and olive oil come from. Next, is “Urban Harvest“, a weekly program for kids this Fall with Slow Food, the School for Wildlife Conservation and Gustiamo. Yardena already signed up for a session, the Teen Iron Chef! She will be a judge and the official reporter. And the Bronx kids will become famous! Grazie Yardena!