Growing or picking food on New York City’s public land has been off-limits for almost a century

Swale is an experiential and co-educational edible landscape built on a hopper barge that utilizes marine common law in order to circumvent local public land laws.

While working to shift policies that will increase the presence of edible perennial landscapes, Swale can strengthen stewardship of public waterways and land.

At Swale, we believe that when treated as a commons, food production can be less polluting, and food access can be more just.