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
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".
Events
  1. Garden Club!
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    Garden Club!
    It's that time again! A 6 week outdoor, nature based experience for kids ages 5-12. Beginning in September we meet every Wednesday - starting the 13th from 4:00-5:15 PM. Meet at the Independence Elementary School Learning Garden with pick up at the Clarkston Family Farm's Sunflower Market. $60 per participant. Includes a trip to Bittersweet Farm and a tie-dyed t-shirt.
  2. YOUR EVENT!
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    YOUR EVENT!
    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. Project Sundays on the Farm
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    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.
  4. Green Gym
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    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!
  5. Farming Thursdays!
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    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!
  6. Family Outdoor Movie Night and Fun!
    Sept 29
    Family Outdoor Movie Night and Fun!
    Join us for our first Family Night Out at the Farm, Friday September 29th! We will have family fun activities starting at 6:30 pm with the movie "Babe" at 7:45! Live music, old fashioned games include ring toss, corn hole, and bobbing for apples, visit with Farm animals (baby chicks, Hens, Hugo the bunny, goats, cows maybe even a PIG!). $5.00/ person or $20.00/ family * food, popcorn, Cider, Doughnuts and s'mores kits offered for purchase the night of . Proceeds go towards supporting Clarkston Eagle Scout projects at the farm. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, sleeping bags - whatever makes you comfy! Plan to park in the lot next door at Independence Elementary or we also have bike racks for your bikes! Pay at the door or purchase online today!

Come Farm with Us​!

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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!