Terri Carta grew up in nature participating in Girl Scout adventures, off-grid camping with her family, hiking and backpacking. As a Firesoul, she uses the love for nature she developed as a child in her role as the Executive Director of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). BGI operates the Naval Cemetery Landscape, which serves as a contemplative memorial landscape, native plant meadow, and pollinator habitat.
For Terri, her role as a Firesoul is to care for the Naval Cemetery Landscape with that same passion and belief in the Landscape’s power to heal and provide wellness to its visitors. Her inspiration for propagating that passion and drive comes from witnessing people from all walks of life coming together to enjoy the serenity of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Terri sees the Naval Cemetery Landscape as “a place that encourages and fosters reflection and meditation, all while getting a dose of ‘vitamin N’– nature.”
“I often call the Cemetery Landscape the necessary speed bump in our daily lives — something that slows us down and refocuses [us] before continuing on with our day.”
Even before taking on her role as executive director, as a Brooklyn resident, Terri visited the Cemetery Landscape frequently with her son since it opened in 2016. Her personal connection to the community which the Cemetery Landscape serves makes her own work even more special. The Naval Cemetery Landscape is more than just a park; it’s an oasis of green in crowded Brooklyn providing respite for all who stroll through it. And for Terri, seeing people slow their pace as they enter and enjoy the Naval Cemetery Landscape tells her “that it’s doing what it’s supposed to do.”
Photo credit: Maureen Porto.