This fall Swale and the Garden Kitchen Lab hosted a free public meal showcasing salads, herbal teas, and roasted butternut and delicata squashes from Swale’s floating food forest and the Garden Kitchen Lab. The event took place at Pier 6 in Dumbo. We had hundreds of people enjoying an afternoon of foraging and harvesting in a food-forest-park setting.
Swale is a collaborative floating food forest where people may visit, partake in the caretaking process, and learn about food sustainability. Created by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale functions as both an evolving sculpture and a tool by producing healthy food at the intersection of public art and utility. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs, and other perennial fruits, vegetables, and medicinal plants. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion that serves as a performance space, activist meeting hall, and artist gallery aboard Swale.