Established in 2016 by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale is a floating food forest built atop a 5,000 square foot barge, welcoming the public to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Swale strives to strengthen the stewardship of public waterways and land, while working to bring awareness to issues of food insecurity. Docked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal this spring and summer, Swale’s floating food forest will make its way to Governors Island later in the season.

This year on Governors Island, Swale will expand to land-based educational programs through a seasonal exhibit, creating a garden within the Island’s Urban Farm and hosting public workshops in House 15 in Nolan Park. Visitors will engage hands-on around issues of food access, ecology and horticulture.

Every Saturday and Sunday in July at 2pm, Swale will show “Waterways of Hope” a documentary about local water-based art and environmental projects. This film is geared towards young people! Waterways of Hope chronicles the accomplishments of local environmental groups and individuals in New York City. This film is dedicated to showcasing everyday human efforts in preserving environment and introducing younger people to all the ways they could appreciate and also nurture nature of their surroundings.

Swale’s Current Artist in Residence is Kim Darling:

Kim Darling works in range of media from ranging from painting, sculpture and performance. Her work explores ideas of gender, social and political issues and taboo breaking. Darling’s passion for collaboration has led her to social practice and partnerships with local, national, and international artists and arts organizations.

Upcoming programs:

Natural/Botanical Dye Workshop
Saturday, September 29, 12-2PM
A hands-on inquiry into plants and soils as colorant for fiber. Embracing ancient and modern methods of extracting color from plants and soil, we will discover and experiment with the rich palette of hues using the rich palette of living material in and around the Swale house. Participants will learn about tracking chemical reactions between mordants, bast, protein, and cellulose fibers, and create a scarf to take home. With Callen Zimmerman. Get tickets here.

Getting there
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 7 Minutes from Yankee Pier
1 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier
Saturday 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm