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Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
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Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
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Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
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Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
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Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
Swale, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2016 Swale, Governor's Island, 2016 Swale, Concrete Plant Park Bronx, 2016 Swale, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2016
Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
Swale, Concrete Plant Park Bronx, 2016 Swale, Concrete Plant Park Bronx, 2016 Swale, Concrete Plant Park Bronx, 2016 Swale, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2016
Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free. Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City on a barge, founded by Mary Mattingly to assert food as a commons. People can visit Swale to pick fresh food for free.
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What if healthy, fresh food could be a free public service, and not just an expensive commodity? Swale is a collaborative floating food forest dedicated to rethinking and challenging New York City's connection to our environment. Built on a 130-foot by 40-foot floating platform, Swale contains an edible forest garden. Functioning as both a sculpture and a tool, Swale provides free healthy food at the intersection of public art and service. With Swale, we want to reinforce water as a commons, and work towards fresh food as a commons too.

I grew up in an agricultural town where the drinking water was polluted. That framed my understanding of water as a precious resource that needed to be protected.  So Swale came out of a need to connect with New York's waterways and public land in order to better care for it, and by proximity each other. Because not everyone has access to healthy food in New York, I see Swale as a tool to advocate for policy change. Since marine common law is different from New York City's public land laws, Swale can pave a pathway to create public food in public space.

Swale is currently closed for the winter.

Here are some links to news about Swale:

NPR

New York Times

Washington Post

Art in America

Hyperallergic

New York Observer

Metro New York

Smithsonian


Brooklyn Based


PSFK


The Atlantic


Morning News USA


The Huffington Post

The Wall Street Journal

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NY1