Photo courtesy Swale
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The Floating Food Forest, Swale will be back for 2017 and will dock at the Brooklyn Army Terminal from May – July, 2018. Built on a 130 x 40 FT barge, Swale contains 5,000 SQ FT of edible perennial garden and presents opportunities for New Yorkers to get involved in building ecological resilience through promoting food as a public commons. The social-engaged public artwork, created by artist Mary Mattingly, will bring educational programming to the local Brooklyn community, families and children
While at BAT, Swale will activate the Sunset Park waterfront and serve the surrounding community, as a platform for local engagement around social, physical and environmental wellness. Swale will be FREE and open to the public on weekends, and by appointment for school groups during the week. During the weekend hours, visitors can come aboard the barge and harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables, with guidance from the onboard staff members.In addition to their open hours, Swale will host regular public programs around topics of wellness, public arts & environmental activism. In partnership with educators and likeminded nonprofits, Swale will present events such as a permaculture workshop, water filtration lab, medicinal plant tour, soil science and compost demo, as well as panel discussions. Swale will also collaborate with local civic organizations and serve as a site for community-based cultural events.
BAT is an innovative industrial campus in Sunset Park, and is honored to be the sole location for Swale in 2018. NYCEDC, which recently launched an effort to bring a 100,000 SF community solar garden at BAT, is committed to working towards a more sustainable future and feels this partnership is just another way its helping the local community to do the
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