You can handpick kale, cilantro, artichokes and more onboard this barge.
Hipsters will soon be foraging for food in the East River.
A floating “edible forest garden” will dock at various public piers in New York City beginning in May. Built on a 130-foot by 40-foot barge, the space, named Swale, contains more than 400 edible plants that visitors can pick food from, including kale, cilantro, artichokes and asparagus.
“Swale is a collaborative floating food project dedicated to rethinking and challenging New York City’s connection to our environment,” the creators write. “Functioning as both a sculpture and a tool, Swale provides free healthy food at the intersection of public art and service.”
This is the second year the barge will grace New Yorkers with its presence, but it’s getting a new look and feel this year thanks to funding from Strongbow, a British cider company. There will be a more “park like” environment that includes lava rocks and a blossoming apple orchard surrounded by garden beds filled with herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Swale is the brainchild of artist Mary Mattingly, who wanted to give city dwellers “a new and surprising way to connect to nature to revive and thrive.”
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