Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Season Wrap Up: Winter Cover Crop with Katharhy (Victor Flores)

For our last 2018 event in Carbon Sponge, learn what is the right cover crop mix for your beds to feed the soil and promote carbon sequestration overwinter. Not every garden has the exact same needs and recipes will vary; often it comes down to factors such soil type, previous crops, nutrient levels, pH and climate. Each participant will leave with a sample cover mixture for overwinter that is customized to what they are growing and their specific soil needs. This is a two-hour workshop geared for adults, but all ages are welcome to drop-in at any time during the workshop. Free with NYSCI admission.

Katharhy (Victor Flores) is an agroecologist and soil researcher at the Environmental Science Analytical Center, Brooklyn College City University of New York, and Agroecology Educator with Cornell Small Farms Program, Baskets to Pallets Education Cohort, NY, NY.

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Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

Cooking with Cover

Cover crop is used to feed the soil especially after a cash crop has been harvested and nutrients depleted. In Carbon Sponge we are growing a range of cover crops including black-eyed peas, pigeon peas and mung beans. These plants are not only great for enriching the soil, but are also used in delicious recipes from around the world! Join us for a night of “Cooking with Cover” where we will discuss the value of cover crops and how we are using them in Carbon Sponge all the while enjoying samples of cover crop foods together. This will take place during the Queens Night Market that takes place at NYSCI.  

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Take Cover! Nitrogen Seed Bombs with Marisa Prefer

Join us for an afternoon in the Carbon Sponge for this hands-on, drop-in workshop. Learn how to make nitrogen-rich seed bombs that can feed your garden beds, tree pits and empty lots throughout the fall and early spring.

Nitrogen is one of the key components of chlorophyll, the compound that helps plants turn sunlight into sugars using water and carbon dioxide (this is called photosynthesis). Plants exude excess sugars and other nutrients via their roots that build healthy soil microbial communities and this is a key component of carbon sequestration. Together we will learn how farmers and gardeners have been making seed bombs for centuries, and we’ll try out a few recipes together.

This workshop is geared for adults, but all ages are welcome to drop-in at any time during the workshop. Free with NYSCI admission.

Marisa Prefer is a trans-disciplinary educator, urban ecologist and amateur herbalist who works to translate knowledge between plant and human communities through experiential learning. Marisa is currently collaborating as the manager of programs and permaculture for floating food forest, Swale, and as a landscape curator at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Find out more at invisiblelabor.org.

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Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Carbon Sponge Tour

Join Brooke Singer and her collaborators in Carbon Sponge this summer to enjoy the garden and discuss the project.

On August 25, Sara Perl Egendorf, one of the soil scientist collaborators on Carbon Sponge, will be on site. Perl will bring her mobile sewing lab to the garden to demonstrate sewing lab coats using DIY patterns. She will discuss science as 3D creative processes and the design of the Carbon Sponge soil study. 

Also, Carbon Sponge collaborators Maha Deeb and Sumak K. will be joining Brooke on August 25 to harvest plants for field and lab analysis.

Tours will take place on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. The exact dates and times are: Tuesdays: June 19, July 17 and July 24 from 12-2pm & Saturdays: June 16 and August 25 from 12-2pm.

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Jul
24
12:00 PM12:00

Carbon Sponge Tour

Join Brooke Singer and her collaborators in Carbon Sponge this summer to enjoy the garden and discuss the project.

Tours will take place on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. The exact dates and times are: Tuesdays: June 19, July 17 and July 24 from 12-2pm & Saturdays: June 16 and August 25 from 12-2pm.

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Jul
17
12:00 PM12:00

Carbon Sponge Tour

Join Brooke Singer and her collaborators in Carbon Sponge this summer to enjoy the garden and discuss the project.

Tours will take place on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. The exact dates and times are: Tuesdays: June 19, July 17 and July 24 from 12-2pm & Saturdays: June 16 and August 25 from 12-2pm.

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Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Exhibition "Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator" at Wave Hill

Opening at Wave Hill on July 1st is the exhibition "Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator" that features projects by: Blanka Amezkua, Lillian Ball, Brandon Ballengée, Juanli Carrión and Jacki Fisher, Lynn Cazabon, City as Living Laboratory with SLO Architecture and Bob Braine, Environmental Performance Agency (EPA), Alicia Grullon, Greg Lindquist with Willis Elkins/Newtown Creek Alliance, Mary Mattingly, Eve Mosher and Clarinda Mac Low, Jan Mun, NYC Urban Field Station Stew-Map, Jean Shin, Brooke Singer and Tattfoo Tan.

Free with admission to the grounds. For more information, please visit Wave Hill's website.

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Jun
28
to Jul 1

Reclaimed Lands Conference

This four-day conference brings together researchers, practitioners, planners, ecologists, artists, designers, community groups, and students to bridge the gaps between disciplines and productively explore the issues and initiatives surrounding reclaimed lands, such as monitoring changes in biodiversity, designing ecologically sustainable re-development, engaging residents in stewardship, transforming public perceptions, and inspiring future projects.

Carbon Sponge will be represented in the poster session at the conference on Thursday and Friday. Visit the website for more information.

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Jun
19
12:00 PM12:00

Carbon Sponge Tour

Join Brooke Singer and her collaborators in Carbon Sponge this summer to enjoy the garden and discuss the project.

Tours will take place on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. The exact dates and times are: Tuesdays: June 19, July 17 and July 24 from 12-2pm & Saturdays: June 16  and August 25 from 12-2pm.

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Carbon Sponge Tour

Join Brooke Singer and her collaborators in Carbon Sponge this summer to enjoy the garden and discuss the project.

Tours will take place on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. The exact dates and times are: Tuesdays: June 19, July 17 and July 24 from 12-2pm & Saturdays: June 16 and August 25 from 12-2pm.

 

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May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Beyond the Walls: Developing Agency at Open Engagement

Tired of environmentally-focused exhibits and one-time collaborations? We need sustained action, multi-pronged involvement, broad distribution, and wider/flexible collaborations. Enter: the community-based platforms of artists, Jan Mun and Brooke Singer. Join Liz Slagus, for a conversation with current NYSCI Designers-in-Residence, Brooke and Jan, and their long-term partners. Explore models that foster agency and promote working with, not against one another toward environmental/social justice.

This is a part of Open Engagement & for registered attendees only.

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May
12
3:30 PM15:30

Carbon Sponge: An Introduction

Museum Explainers, Sahery Arain and Cara Lambrento, along with Brooke Singer will discuss the carbon cycle and carbon sequestration in soil along with the design of the Carbon Sponge study at NYSCI through hands-on activities like identifying soil microbes using a microscope and reading soil temperature and moisture with electronic sensors.  

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Apr
28
to Apr 29

Understory

Carbon Sponge will be included in Understory, a plant lab, urban ecology event and workshop series to be held in Brooklyn, New York, on April 28 & 29. We will have a display in the "artists & artisans" section and will present as well (exact times TBA). Check out their schedule -- the line up looks great!

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