In the heaving steel and concrete jungle of New York fresh and local, sustainable produce has become something of an obsession.
Efforts have been put into urban farming whilst community projects have focused on educating people about sustainable crops as well as beehives and urban fauna. But this summer a new force for good is in town and one that is sure to peak people’s interest and drive crowds towards learning more about sustainable agriculture.
What is being dubbed “a floating food forest” is a barge containing all matter of plants and vegetables that will be sailing around New York and New Jersey, stopping at different spots and inviting people aboard to forage and take care of plants and vegetables. The project is called Swale, and it is part community project part art project, and it hopes to inform and encourage people to conceive of fresh food as a commodity that is easily accessible.
On its website Swale describes its mission. “The barge is a collaboration between 18 farming, arts and urban revitalization organizations and a whole slew of artists and educators dedicated to turning New York’s often-overlooked water resources into something that literally and figuratively feeds the community.”
The project launches on 28 June at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, inviting the public to jump aboard and forage for the likes of blueberries, ginger, bok choy, chard, and more. It’s a community run program with people passionate about sustainability helping it along its way and hoping to spread the love for inexpensive sustainable produce via the Hudson River.
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