Ecologies of Transition Roundtable: Urban Carbon Farming

How can we cultivate soil to be a sink for carbon and, in turn, a source to fight the climate crisis? Initiated by artist Brooke Singer, Carbon Sponge is a multisite series of gardens built to measure carbon sequestration, a process where carbon accumulates in soil instead of being released into the atmosphere. Join us for this hands-on roundtable to discuss and discover practical steps we can take to help sequester carbon.

About the Ecologies of Transition Roundtable series:
How can we change our thinking and actions to acknowledge and work with ecological life cycles? The Ecologies of Transition Roundtable is a space for discussing how ecological long-term thinking can be applied to design and daily life. The series will be grounded in sharing and reflecting on methods for noticing how humans and natural matter shape urban ecology. The sessions this fall will feature activists, designers, and artists engaged in regenerative ecological practices: capturing carbon in soil, turning organic waste into compost, and maintaining waterways to accommodate rising tides.

Marisa Prefer is an educator, urban ecologist, and herbalist who works across disciplines to translate knowledge between plant and human communities. Prefer is the Landscape Steward at Pioneer Works, and collaborates with artists to facilitate projects about regenerative ecology, food, and public space. Find out more at

Brooke Singer engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist, and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations, public art, and performances that often involve participation in pursuit of social change.

Carbon Sponge: Brooklyn Pilot Plots is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).