Burnside Farm is an small urban farm on the east side of Detroit. It's a place where art, gardening, and learning alongside neighbors come together. The farm was initiated in 2011 by Kate Daughdrill when she bought a house for $600 and began working to make the house livable and cultivating the land around her home with her neighbors. It has grown into a creative ecosystem that is brought to life by the care of many amazing neighbors and artists.
The farm is comprised of several lots that are gardened for sustenance and beauty, a farmhouse/art gallery, and a garage that is being transformed into an art space for neighborhood girls by the Women of Banglatown.
During the growing season, the neighbors of Burnside host regular dinners in the garden—most of the food coming right from the garden and grilled on a homemade cinder block grill. The farm is also a hub for activities such as larger artist-made dinners, guided medicinal plant walks through the alleys, workshops by visiting artists/farmers, musical performances, seasonal art openings in the farm’s tiny shed, and neighborhood vegetable trading events.
In 2013, Jen David, Jeffery Thomas, and Daughdrill organized a creative CSA (community-supported agriculture) at Burnside Farm. Rather than simply providing vegetables for shareholders each week, the farm provided 20 shareholders with a variety of creative produce—from canned food to art objects, trays of sprouts to loaves of bread, creative writing to seasonal vegetables. The content of the CSA rose out of what comes from Burnside and what brings health.
The farm is also a place for making creative work, building the tools and spaces needed for living simply and self-reliantly, and cultivating daily rituals for soulful living. While the creative projects of Burnside Farm evolve each year, the spirit of the farm remains true—to cultivate a life-giving, healing space and an overall sense of well-being in the people, plants, neighbors, and animals who are a part of it.
Burnside Farm is brought to life by many amazing neighbors and collaborators including Jamin Townsley, Andy Miller, Ali Lapetina, Jen David, Jeffery Thomas, Emily Staugaitis, Brent "Blak" Smith, Mela Johnson, Sanchez Irwin, Zaria Pierce, Acasia Pierce, Macari Irwin, Koolaid, Richard Serafina, T-Man, Gretchen Gruenberg, Ashley Michelle, Miles Stuart, Julia Loman, Phreddy Wischusen, Bryan Lackner, Pat Ward, Marc Schwartz, Patrick Costello, Erin Sweeny, and so many more!