Clarkston Family Farm

Nature Based Education
Sunflower Market
Community Gathering Place

Growing Hearts and Minds​

"In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."
- Baba Dioum, Forest Engineer in Senegal
  1. Spring Garden Club!
    May 1
    Spring Garden Club!
    It's that time again! A 4 week outdoor, nature based experience for kids ages 5-12. Beginning in May we are offering two clubs. Our club for the "top diggers" grades 3-5 will be on Tuesdays beginning on May 1st. Our "green thumbs" will be on Thursdays and are best suited for kids in young 5's- 2nd grade Each club will have a limit of 25 participants. We will have a soft start from 4-4:30 at the farm's Sunflower Market to allow for kids from any CCS schools to attend! Pick up is at 5:30 p.m.
    Do you have a talent, craft or nature based knowledge? Are you interested in a really unique venue to host your workshop? Send us a message, let's talk!
  3. Camp WILD! Summer 2018
    Jul 23
    Camp WILD! Summer 2018
    Get outside and experience a week-long adventure! From animal tracking to visiting a local farm, building wigwams and pond exploration, there is never a dull moment with Camp WILD! Utilizing Independence Elementary's Learning Garden, the Clarkston Family Farm's Hoophouse as well as the farm's wetlands, fields and forests we will learn and play through hands-on activities that engage critical thinking skills in all disciplines. Most importantly, we will be having a ton of WILD outdoor fun. Session 1 - July 23rd- July 27th, 9:00 a.m. – Noon * Ages 5-8 years ($140/wk) Session 2 - July 30thth-August 3rd, 9:00 a.m.- Noon * Ages 9-12 ($140/wk) Session 3 -August 6th - August 10th ALL DAY 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. * Ages 5-12 ($240/wk) (age exceptions for siblings may apply) YS18-E8B Session #2: (age exceptions for siblings may apply) Cost: $140.00/week YS18-EC Session #3: (all day) August 6th - August 10th 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. (5-12 years) Cost: $240.00/week
  4. Project Sundays on the Farm
    Project Sundays on the Farm
    Come out to the Clarkston Family Farm on the first Sunday of every Month starting in July from 1-3, help us to get our farm GROWING while enjoying the sun, getting your hands in the dirt and getting our farm blooming for our kids, our community and YOU! We THANK YOU in advance for your help, we can't do what we do with out you! Kids welcome! Bring garden gloves and trowels.
  5. Green Gym
    Green Gym
    Work, play, plant & learn...from each other! Join us every Tuesday from 9-11 or drop in when you can for a farm grown workout. It's good for your body, good for the soul and good karma for your love of the Clarkston Family Farm - "We Dig It!" We look forward to farming with you! Projects include work at the Sunflower Market, Heritage Garden & 3 Sisters Garden Cost: Free! Your help is priceless!
  6. Farming Thursdays!
    Farming Thursdays!
    Drop-ins Welcome! For those of you wanting a reason to come and hang out with us at the farm - we are waiting for you! Help us make it bloom! Every Thursday evening from 4-6. We have all kinds of family friendly work that needs extra hands! Bonuses? - It's fun, it's healthy, it will wear the kids out and it's hands on learning! (Oh, and it's free!) Project days will include work at the Sunflower Market, Heritage Garden & 3 Sisters Garden. We thank you in advance for your help and support!
  7. The Artist's Apprentice - A Romp with Art & Nature
    JUN 11
    The Artist's Apprentice - A Romp with Art & Nature
    A week long youth artisan camp at the Farm! From 9:00 - 2:00 Mon. - Fri. June 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Our young artists will be exploring all of the interesting Flora & Fauna this unique farm has to offer as we take pencils and paint brushes in hand to engage in some outdoor artistry with chicken, bunny, dragonflies and whatever other critters we can find! Students will be learning how color theory, with light, saturation and hue, is put into play as well as perspective, and the various brush strokes. We will be sketching animals and plants to use in the paintings we will be showing in our Gallery Show which will be extended to families following class on the last day of camp, when we will be working with clay! Lead by Artist/instructor Pamela Palmer B.F.A. Ages 7 & up, middle schoolers are encouraged! (As always siblings of any age are welcome) $250 plus $50 material fee payable to instructor on the 1st day of camp.

Come Farm with Us​!

Raising the Hopeful Hoophouse
Started with a vision, supported by a community, raised with love

Imagine a typical mid-winter day in Michigan, a little windy, probably pretty cold, with some sun but hardly an invitation to get outside, let alone garden. Now come up the hill at the farm, you will find a 120 square foot warm and welcoming sanctuary, even in the worst weather, our solar greenhouse. We lovingly call this space the Hopeful Hoophouse for both its materials and the fact that it was funded by a generous grant through the Clarkston Optimist Club . After all, who is more hopeful than an optimist? Bordines also contributed to the space by donating large quantities of soil for the eight raised beds and Ace Hardware on Dixie Hwy has partnered with us to help with all the hardware needed to construct our hoophouse. 

The Hopeful Hoophouse was designed to create outdoor educational opportunities even in the most inclement weather while growing delicious organic produce year round. This incredible collaborative project has been enormously successful achieving these goals by hosting a range of workshops, garden and nature classes as well as Garden Club while providing fresh kitchen herbs, fruits and vegetables. 

In the fall of 2016 the Independence Elementary School 5th graders took our Hopeful Hoophouse on as an academic service learning project under the leadership of Chelsea O'Brien and Dr. Kristen Gretka. Over a period of 8 weeks parents, community members, our family farm leadership team and over 75 students created what is now a unique place for growing thinkers, learners and the best local produce you can find. As our students at the farm like to say, "Hoop there it is!".  We hope you will come visit us soon and see how we like to "hoop it up".

Programming & Community

  1. Camp Wild
    Camp Wild
    Pond sampling and water quality studies are one of the many activities that we will be doing at Camp WILD. Our learning is always fun, always interactive and student directed and very often directly supports STEM. Next generation science standards and common core are embedded in our camp program. Yep, learning through play while building new neuropathways, it's how we roll.
  2. Garden Club
    Garden Club
    Garden Club is a great opportunity for First through Fifth grade students to experience hands-on weekly nature education. We focus our lessons and activities around gardening. Past topics encompass a wide-range of nature themes, including, Vermi-composting, Bees, Owls, Pallet Recycling, and more. We hold four to six week sessions in the fall, winter, and spring. Two certified teacher leaders and two junior counselors are present at meetings creating unique small group opportunities. This allows the students to get the most out of our center-based hands-on learning. Most sessions have a take-home project that inspires young naturalists to continue their thinking and learning at home. $10 per session
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Join Us!

Do we like volunteers? Absolutely! If you or your community group, team or organization are interested in helping at the farm please contact us !

We love the saying "If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together!" Help us go far in our mission, it's a win for all of us!