Burnside Farm is a place for learning. It is a place for learning to live well and for cultivating the values and practices to help us care for ourselves and each other. For neighbors of Banglatown, learning is a part of the fabric of living, working, and gathering at Burnside Farm. It is at the heart of our gardening, our art making, our gatherings, and our organizing. In living the work, we are learning more about ourselves, the type of community we want to cultivate, and the type of human beings we want to be.


Women of Banglatown is an all women's community space located in a donated garage in the Banglatown neighborhood of Detroit. Initiated by photographer and educator Ali Lapetina, the garage space brings together young girls and their mothers from all over the neighborhood giving them a place to call their own. The project inspires young women to be leaders in their community. Each week, in collaboration with Burnside Farm artists and farmers, young women have access to free place-based art activities around plants and printmaking. This year Women of Banglatown will also be working with mothers to produce handwoven products.


The artists and gardeners of Burnside Farm are honored to get to work with students from the Boggs School each year. Elementary students from the Boggs School visit the farm to help with planting, gardening, and harvesting, share in healthy cooking and eating activities, and reflect on the energy and lessons that arise in caring for a place.


Burnside Farm hosts workshops by visiting artists/farmers/healers that focus on healing, art, plants, and sustainable living. We also host weekend-long learning retreats at the farm for university and graduate art programs. These weekend retreats (of camping, cooking, gardening, plant and food workshops, discussions, critical tours of Detroit, artistic experiences, and neighborhood celebrations) have been transformative and heart-opening.