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".
  1. Nature Club!
    Nature Club!
    Stay tuned for our Fall sign-up! If you liked Nature Classes you'll love Nature Club! A one hour, 5 week outdoor nature based experience for kids ages 4-6. Age exceptions made for older siblings on individual basis and schedules. Beginning in the Fall - Tuesdays, (start date TBD) after school, from 4:00-5:00 PM. Meet at the Independence Elementary School Learning Garden. $60 per participant. Includes Clarkston Family Farm custom tie-dyed t-shirt, hands on nature based activities at the adjacent Clarkston Family Farm Hoophouse, Frog Pond and Heritage Garden.
  2. Garden Club
    Garden Club
    Stay tuned for our Fall sign-up! A one hour, 6 week outdoor experience for kids ages 8-12. (Age exceptions made on an individual basis for siblings and schedule conflicts.) Beginning in the Fall, Thursdays (date TBD) after school, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. $60.00 per participant. Lots of hands-on activities at the adjacent Clarkston Family Farm Hoophouse, Frog Pond and Heritage Garden as well as a FIELD TRIP to neighboring Bittersweet Farms and a super fun end-of–the-year GARDEN PARTY.
    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!
  4. Camp WILD
    Jul 31
    Camp WILD
    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 31st - Aug 4th * Ages 5-8 Session 2 - Aug 7th - Aug 11th * Ages 9 - 12 Session 3 - August 14th- August 18th * Ages 5-12
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. What's the Buzz & Butterflies!
    Aug 16
    What's the Buzz & Butterflies!
    Join Monarch Butterfly expert Debbie Jackson and Clarkston Family Farm's executive director Chelsea O'Brien on Wednesday August 16th from 12:30-4:00 at Clarkston Family Farm. Walk away with a Bee Motel, a Honey Sweet Treat, a Monarch Caterpillar and new found friends and knowledge about pollinators. Drop off and pick up at the Sunflower Market at 6800 Hubbard Rd, Clarkston. Cost per participant: $40.00
  9. Heritage Garden Plein-Air Painting Class
    Aug 17
    Heritage Garden Plein-Air Painting Class
    Join us Thursday August 17th for our Heritage Garden plein-air painting class with professional artist Nancy Berg. A guided painting class with pastels at the Clarkston Family Farm's gorgeous native plants Heritage Garden. From 6-8pm, 6800 Hubbard Rd, Clarkston. Cost per participant: $25.00 includes all supplies and instruction. All ages welcome! Feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks, make it a family night!

Come Farm with Us​!

Camps are full!

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!