Mary Mattingly

Beneficial Microorganisms Workshop with MoS Collective

Learn how you can help revitalize our waterways with microorganism-packed mud balls!

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Join the MoS Collective aboard Swale for a workshop on making Beneficial Mud Balls! Made of dirt and fermented with effective microorganisms, their purpose is to revitalize our waterways. Learn what’s in them, how they’re used and what results they produce. As tools for municipal and community bioremediation, the mud balls have successfully revitalized polluted waterways around the world for decades. With the knowledge imparted at this workshop, you’ll be able to start distributing your own!

RSVPs are required to attend this event. Tickets are available for a $10 suggested donation. You can RSVP and donate here.

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More about Beneficial Microorganisms Workshop with MoS Collective

Swale is a collaborative floating food forest where people may visit, partake in the caretaking process and learn about food sustainability. Created by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale functions as both an evolving sculpture and a tool by producing healthy food at the intersection of public art and utility.

Built from recycled materials atop a 130x40 foot barge, Swale was created to prove that food can function as a public resource in cities and to show that recycled materials can be made into functional and aesthetically pleasing structures. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs and other perennial fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Water to nourish the plants is taken directly from the East River and filtered through slow sand and activated carbon filters. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion that serves as a performance space, activist meeting hall, and artist gallery aboard Swale.

Learn more about Swale on our Public Art page and see other Swale-based events here.