I have previously posted about SWALE – the floating food forest project in NYC. I did not realize the artist, Mary Mattingly, was an artist-in-residence in the Arts and Humanities Residency Program at the NYC Urban Field Station supported by the US Forest Service. About the program from the website:
The NYC Urban Field Station launched a new Arts and Humanities Residency Program in June 2016. The goals of this program are to bring perspectives from the arts and humanities to urban social-ecological systems and to incubate new relationships with artists and writers to inform our research and land management.
That little bit of news cheers me up a bit about our government agencies. Good job US Forest Service! Here are additional resources to learn more about SWALE, now in its second year!
Here is a video about SWALE: NYC Urban Field Station artist-in-residence Mary Mattingly has created a floating food forest that invites the public to cultivate fresh food as the barge travels through NYC harbors and acts as a setting for conversations about food and public policy. (Courtesy of A Blade of Grass Foundation’s Fieldworks).