RSVP for Carbon Sponge: Gardening to Mitigate Climate Change
All workshops in this series are free and open to the public. GreenThumb gardeners who attend all three workshops will be eligible to receive the Carbon Sponge Guide for free, while supplies last!

WORKSHOP 1: URBAN CARBON FARMING AND THE SCIENCE OF SOIL
Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Indoors, next to Smiling Hogshead Ranch: Boyce Technologies Inc., 47-22 Pearson Pl, Long Island City, NY 11101

In this workshop, participants learn the basics of carbon sequestration in soil science and its relation to Regenerative Agriculture or the practice of carbon farming. We will discuss how urban gardeners are already nurturing carbon in soils and methods for improving carbon capture.

• Basics of carbon sequestration in soil
• What is Regenerative Agriculture?
• How can we Carbon Farm in the city and why?



WORKSHOP 2: PLANT CHARACTERISTICS AND DESIGNING A CARBON SPONGE
Sunday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Smiling Hogshead Ranch, 25-30 Skillman Ave., Long Island City, Queens

This workshop is an introduction to carbon sequestration from the perspective of botany. Workshop leaders will discuss the Carbon Sponge plant list and choices we made during our design phase. Participants, using the specifics of their own site, will design their own Carbon Sponge.

• Overview of Carbon Sequestration & Regenerative Agriculture
• Understanding Plant Characteristics in Relation to Carbon Sponge Ecosystem



WORKSHOP 3: CARBON SPONGE KIT - MONITORING SOIL HEALTH
Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Smiling Hogshead Ranch, 25-30 Skillman Ave., Long Island City, Queens

In this final workshop, participants will learn about carbon sequestration and how to monitor a garden for carbon over time. We will demonstrate our kit as well as discuss recording and analyzing data in the field.

• Overview of Carbon Sequestration & Regenerative Agriculture
• Introduce the Carbon Sponge Kit
• Recording & Analyzing the data


Offered in collaboration with Carbon Sponge. For more information about this project, please see https://www.carbonsponge.org/. Facilitator bios below.
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Facilitator Bios
Brooke Singer is an artist, educator, activist and serial collaborator. She moves across
science, technology, politics and arts practices. Her work lives "on" and "off" line in the form of
websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations, social spaces and performances that
often involves public participation in pursuit of social change. She is Associate Professor of New
Media at Purchase College, a co-founder of the former collective Preemptive Media and cofounder
of La Casita Verde in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at
institutions including MoMA/PS1, Warhol Museum of Art, The Banff Centre, Neuberger Museum
of Art, Diverseworks and Matadero Madrid. Her writing has been published in Big Data and
Society, Radical History Review and Brooklyn Rail, among others. She is in the collections of
The Whitney Museum of American Art, Microsoft Corporation and Bucksbaum/Learsy.

Sara Perl Egendorf (aka Perl) is a PhD Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, Advanced
Science Research Center, and Brooklyn College. She conducts research on urban soil
contaminant and nutrient cycling, and is interested in the potential for urban soils to promote
environmental and social justice. She conducted the garden pilot study for the NYC Mayor’s
Office of Environmental Remediation’s Clean Soil Bank / PUREsoil NYC program and
collaborates on research with the Healthy Soils Healthy Communities team with Cornell
University and the NYS Department of Health. As co-founder of the JUST SOIL project and the
Legacy Lead coalition, she works in partnership with scientists, city agencies, non-profit
organizations, artists, composters, gardeners, and young people to both study and apply best
practices for systemic contaminant mitigation, waste reduction, greenhouse gas sequestration,
food justice, and access to STEM knowledge and skills.

Marisa Prefer is an educator, artist and herbalist who works to translate knowledge between
plants and human communities. Marisa facilitates and collaborates on trans-disciplinary projects
rooted in queer and marginal ecologies, de-centering human, colonizer and patriarchal
perspectives in favor of calling in the invisible labors of microbes, mycelium, mosses and mice
to help reimagine relations to land, ownership and food. Marisa is a Horticulturalist-in-Residence
at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, helps to maintain Soil Start Farm at Earth Matter on
Governors Island, studied botanical medicine with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain
Botanical Sanctuary and contributed to projects Swale with Mary Mattingly, Seeds of Change
with Maria Thereza Alves and Grafters X Change with the Guerrilla Grafters.

Born and raised between the Andes and the Amazon, Katharhy G. challenged his indigenous
history to pioneer a career in science and academia. He is a plant and soil science researcher
interested in agroecosystem health, ethnobiology, rhizosphere interconnectivity, regenerative
food production and social ecology. Currently he is affiliated with CUNY Graduate Center,
Advanced Science Research Center, and Lehman College’s Plant Science Lab in New York
City. He is the co-founder of the Andes Agriculture Entrepreneur Initiatives and an Ancestral
Land Trustee of indigenous communities in Ecuador. He merges western science knowledge
with indigenous local wisdom to further inform environmental remediation and monitoring. As
the president of Kallam P Inc, he works to make accessible science and education to
indigenous communities.
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