Burnside Farm is an urban farm on the east side of Detroit. It's a place where art, plants, neighbors, and healing come together. In 2011, Kate Daughdrill bought a house for $600 and began working to make the house livable and cultivating the land around her home with her neighbors. Since then, it has grown into a hub for her artistic practice and a place for visiting artists and neighbors to experiment with the intersection of plants, art making, food, and communing with the land and each other.
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 and visiting artists 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 ceremonial rituals inspired by the diverse cultures of our neighborhood.
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.