Swale, NYC's very first floating food forest, is set to make its debut this Saturday by giving away free food at the Bronx's Concrete Plant Park. The brainchild of NYC artist Mary Mattingly, the self-sustaining 130-foot by 40-foot floating garden is planted with a variety of fruits and vegetables, some of which will be handed out to the garden's visitors this weekend!
After learning that it was illegal to grow food for free public consumption on most public land, Mattingly came up with the idea of creating a collaborative floating food project that would travel the NYC waterways bringing fresh produce to the city’s five boroughs.
According to Swale’s website, the floating garden is a way to reimagine fresh food as a free public service, “At its heart, Swale is a call to action. It asks us to reconsider our food systems, to confirm our belief in food as a human right, and to pave pathways to create public food in public space.”
After making its debut at Concrete Plant Park, the barge will be towed to Governor’s Island’s Yankee Pier where it will be from mid-August to mid-September. It will then open at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier until mid-October and lastly, Brooklyn Army Terminal pier until Mid-November.
“The hope is to generate enough interest and funds to continue the project around the city and essentially throughout the Hudson,” Crowley said.
Swale will be open to the public at Concrete Plant Park for a month starting July 23 from 12 – 7pm.
Via AM New York