ASB was pleased to have author, educator, innovator, and urban-farming advocat, Mr. Stephen Ritz, spend one week at the school where he offered students an inspiring learning experience. While Mr. Ritz has been working with Esol schools for a few years, it was his very first visit to ASB. He mentored, advised, and inspired ASB students to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. He also talked about the urgent global food security issues and the need to support local farming, and connect with worldwide movements. During his visit, ASB students explored urban farming methods including vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, and rooftop planting. Mr. Ritz also taught ASB students about natural compost and compost bins and took the students on a trip to Peninsula Farms, one of Bahrain's largest growers of high-quality local produce.