“At its heart, Swale is a call to action. It asks us to reconsider our food systems, to confirm our belief in food as a human right and to pave pathways to create public food in public space.”

- Mary Mattingly, founding artist

In 2016, Swale hosted 60,000 visitors,
1,000 guided tours, 60 school groups,
12 free public programs and 10 paid summer internships.



This winter, the Swale team has been busy expanding our gardens, crafting new programs, and getting ready to welcome the public back on board this spring! We continue to collaborate with the New York City Parks Department and a community of mission-aligned organizations to envision a public food forest.  Keep reading for more on how to help us bring free healthy food to public spaces. 
We can't do it without you!
Support future land stewards.

“Part of why I can’t quit art is that artists continue to awe me by not only dreaming up, but also realizing, projects that sound impossible.”

- Hyperallergic, Best of 2016: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows


Work with us!

Get your hands dirty by helping us build new plant beds, spread soil, and plant more trees! Do you have experience fundraising? We are an all-volunteer team reliant on input from experts. Want to join us?

Host an event

As a public platform, Swale hosts workshops, panels, pop-up dinners, film screenings, volunteer days, and even private events.
Contact us to learn more!

Set the course

Stay tuned for news on our 2017 docking locations and dates!
Meanwhile, find us at these events:

May 5 @ Thriving Together, the 2017 Creative Placemaking Leadership SummitNew Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Public Food

Lindsey and Marisa led a workshop on Public Food at the annual City Growers Education Conference on February 11.

Care as Culture

Mary, Dariella, Anthony, Brandon and Lindsay were part of a panel at Queens Museum, with artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles on February 12.

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