Clarkston Family Farm

Nature Based Education
Sunflower Market
Community Gathering Place
  1. Chelsea O'Brien - Clarkston Family Farm Executive Director
    Chelsea O'Brien - Clarkston Family Farm Executive Director
    Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a science degree from WMU Lee Honor's College, Chelsea's early professional life was in health care and sales with Stryker Medical. Her work in nutrition and exercise physiology with cardiac patients inspired her to begin educating our youth about healthy food and the value of nature. Chelsea has promoted nature-based experiential education in both the Ferndale School District and Clarkston Community Schools as a teacher, founder and director of many outdoor education programs including the successful Independence Elementary Garden Club and Clarkston Wild Nature Camp. Chelsea was awarded the Clarkston Community Beautification Award in 2016 for her efforts to promote hands-on learning in the natural world as well as the focus of the 2015 Clarkston Spark documentary. She is most proud, though, of her work as a mother, wife and founder of the Clarkston Family Farm.
  2. Dana Campbell - Clarkston Family Farm, Sunflower Market Director
    Dana Campbell - Clarkston Family Farm, Sunflower Market Director
    Business Owner, Bee Booty LLC. After graduating from California State University Chico with a BS degree in Instructional Design Communications, I followed my passion for design and development and pursued a career in Boulder Colorado with a software development company as a web based instructional designer. As I grew in the software/ R&D world I pursued and was promoted into different roles with titles within Research and Development from Instructional Designer to Program Manager to R&D Manager. I lead a team of 20 software developers across multiple states driving timelines, creative direction, communication and deliverables. After starting a family and moving to Michigan, my priorities shifted to being a mom, first and foremost, and choose a different approach to my career and creative outlet in order make both my worlds come together. When my husband and I started beekeeping 10 years ago, we found it to be a wonderful way to expose our then 3 year old with a special part of nature and it's interconnectedness with everything around us. I also found that I could use my background in design, development and management to start our own honey company, Bee Booty. Our family of 3 has now grown to 5, and as our children grew, we starting bringing our "show and tell" of beekeeping equipment to their schools to share our experiences and found our children starting to do the same - drawing pictures of bees in their environment, writing books on beekeeping for their class projects, bringing in their own "show and tells". We started bringing our products to markets and fairs, talking to people about beekeeping, hosting beekeeping workshops, and holding young elementary "bee talks". My new adventure at the Clarkston Family Farm as the Farm Store Director will blend all of my loves - creativity, education, family, local products, beekeeping, community and hard work. I look forward to sharing it with you!
  3. Nancy Berg - Curriculum Developer, Adviser and Educator
    Nancy Berg - Curriculum Developer, Adviser and Educator
    Nancy Berg graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science degree and certification in both Elementary Education and Art and Design. She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University with an emphasis on Science Instruction, as well. She has taught students, grades K - 12 and also holds an Administration Certificate from Michigan State University along with an Education Specialist Degree. During her twenty-eight year teaching career in Rockford Public Schools, she has been active in curriculum development in the areas of Science, Reading, and Computer Instruction. Her love of the natural sciences inspired her to form an environmental club called the Green Team from 2008 through 2016. Over those years, she designed and taught environmental and ecological awareness workshops to over 500 fourth and fifth grade students. She continues to be excited about outdoor education and has recently recieved a Master Naturalist Certification through Michigan State Extension Service. Currently, she is working for the Ottawa County Parks Department as a Naturalist Guide with the Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center. At the Center, she not only teaches environmental science workshops and summer camps, but Nature Art Classes, as well. Nancy is a member of the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) and keeps current by actively participating in professional development conference and camp sessions. She is looking forward to assisting in teaching, advising, and development of curriculum for the Outdoor Education Program at Clarkston Family Farm along with CEO Chelsea O'Brien.
  4. Brad Shires - Board Treasurer
    Brad Shires - Board Treasurer
    Brad Shires, JD, MBA, is a corporate lawyer, post-secondary level teacher, father and husband who has been a lifelong Clarkston resident. He is actively involved with the Independence Elementary PTO, having served as President, and Cub Scout Pack 163 where he acts as a Den Leader. Brad also led the fundraising efforts to create the Heritage Garden at the Clarkston Family Farm, which was dedicated in the memory of his mother Mary Ellen Shires, an avid gardener and former Middle School Teacher.
  5. Camila Duarte - Clarkston Family Farm Board Secretary
    Camila Duarte - Clarkston Family Farm Board Secretary
    Camila Duarte has always loved learning about nature since she was a kid, exploring vacant lots, making forts, climbing trees and hunting insects with neighborhood friends. She has fond memories of helping her grandfather in the orchard and kitchen garden. She spent a decade as an Environmental Engineer and Municipal Project Manager in Canada. She loves the community her family has found in Clarkston and enjoys helping at the Clarkston Family Farm as Secretary and Grant Writer. Camila volunteers her time in Metro Detroit as a composting and healthy garden soil presenter. She especially enjoys working with local groups on changing our perception of waste to a valuable resource and not something to be landfilled or incinerated. Recently, she has been repurposing wood from local demolition and construction projects in the redesign of more efficient and beautiful vermicomposting bins.
  6. Sarah Wilson - Teacher Liaison - Clarkston Community Schools
    Sarah Wilson - Teacher Liaison - Clarkston Community Schools
    Sarah has been a teacher in the Clarkston Community Schools district for twelve years. She started her teaching career with a Bachelors degree from Western Michigan University and later received her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. She currently co-leads the Garden Club at the Clarkston Family Farm. Sarah also helps create, plan, and lead programming for the Clarkston Family Farm including Workshops and Classes. She acts as our Teacher Liason for our board and brings her passion for nature education and teaching experience to our team.