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.
The main garden of Burnside Farm is cultivated as an environment of living sculpture. It is a creative ecosystem of connectedness—where the relationships between plants, people, worms, rocks, animals, and other forces of nature become embodied in creative forms. We are cultivating and learning to feel the art all around us.
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.