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The Floating ‘Food Forest’ Will Travel NYC’s Waterways Beginning July 23rd

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The art installation/public service barge will officially launch from the Bronx

A floating food forest will make its way to New York City this month. Conceived by social practice artist Mary Mattingly as both sculptural artwork and a public service, Swale is a barge that makes healthy and natural food accessible to the community. As it sails around the city, the 130-foot barge will offer fresh free foods that include kale, cilantro, asparagus, artichoke, wild ginger, blueberries, and many more.

In addition to the food options, Swale will have plants, a seed exchange program, and a crowd-sourced cookbook that will help you find the best recipes to utilize the free produce offerings.

Swale will officially launch from Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx on July 23rd. Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor’s Island are among the docking stations that Swale will land this summer.