Burnside Farm is a place for artistic activity. It's a place for resident artists, neighbors, and visiting artists to make, share, and even live their creative work.
For the past four years, during high summer on Burnside, Patrick Costello and Kate Daughdrill have worked together to preserve the harvest, building up a store of winter sustenance. The jars on the canning shelves contain vegetables and fruit that were grown on Burnside, traded with neighbors, or purchased from farmers at Detroit’s Eastern Market. The medicinal tinctures were created with plants that were gathered from the alleys around the farm or bought from a local herbalist. As the jars accumulate, Costello and Daughdrill organize them into color spectrums, showcasing the beauty, stored energy, and bounty of Burnside Farm. They recently shared a canning shelf installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as a part of Art X Detroit.
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.
In spring 2015, Burnside Farm Press published its inaugural book—Pig Medicine by Phreddy Wischusen. The story chronicles the first summer of the farm when Wischusen was living on Burnside. It's a story about pigs, addiction, and celebrating the feminine aspects of universal One-ness.
Pig Medicine is available for purchase in the Store section of the website.
ARTIST MADE DINNERS
Burnside Farm is a place where food is approached with artistic intention. Table top installations become living sculpture; nights of collaborative cooking around the fire become immersive artistic experiences. In charging food with creative energy that engages all the senses, food become a medium for embodied connection.