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

FARM & MARKET HOURS
When the Market is open the Farm is open! Stop by and say hi!​
TUESDSAYS:10-4
WEDNESDAYS: 10-4
THURSDAYS: 10-4
FRIDAYS: 10-4 
SATURDAYS: 12-4
Closed - Sundays & Mondays


Workshops& Programming
*Note: signup links work best from laptop 
  1. Fall Garden Club 2019!
    Oct 17
    Fall Garden Club 2019!
    Sorry Thursdays are FULL! A 4 week outdoor learning experience for kids in young fives through 5th grade (Age exceptions for siblings apply) •  When: Thursdays! 4 p.m Drop off and pick-up at the Clarkston Family Farm’s Sunflower Market (6800 Hubbard Rd., Clarkston, MI 48348) Pick up at the Market at 5:15 p.m. Dates for our Garden Club are: October 17th, 24th, November 7th and 14th •  $50.00 per participant. Click the Sign-Up link button for more information & registration
  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. the cookbook class Fall Series!
    Oct - Nov
    the cookbook class Fall Series!
    EMPOWERING KIDS TO BECOME THE COOK OF THEIR OWN KITCHEN Your chef will fall in love with cooking! Who: Chefs kindergarten-5th grade When: Tuesday October 22nd, Tuesday October 29th, Tuesday November 5th, Wednesday November 13th Time: 4:30-6:00 pm Where: The Clarkston Family Farm 6800 Hubbard Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48348 Cost: $35/session A healthy cooking class for kids! Kid chefs in The Cookbook Class enjoy an excellent learning atmosphere where they are empowered to be the cook of their own kitchen! Our teaching staff is committed to excellence in education. Continue reading to discover our program, and get in touch with any questions. Connect with us: Website: https://thecookbookclass.wixsite.com/website Instagram: @thecookbookclass Facebook: facebook.com/thecookbookclass
  4. Fall Garden Club 2019 *MONDAYS*
    Oct 14
    Fall Garden Club 2019 *MONDAYS*
    Just added! A 4 week outdoor learning experience for kids in young fives through 5th grade (Age exceptions for siblings apply) •  When: Mondays! Soft Start from 4- 4:30 p.m. Pick-up at 5:30 p.m. Drop off/pick-up at the farm’s Sunflower Market (6800 Hubbard Rd., Clarkston, MI 48348) Pick up at the Market at 5:15 p.m. Dates for our Garden Club are: October 14th, 21st, 28th and November 4th $50.00 per participant. Click the Sign-Up link button for more information & registration
  5. The Artist's Apprentice-Art Kids with Clay Animals
    Oct 9
    The Artist's Apprentice-Art Kids with Clay Animals
    NEW START DATE! OCT 9th - 4:15 Come see my Animal Menagerie! Working with self-drying clay students will explore a new animal group in each of these 6 weeks! From zoo & farm friends and pre-historic ice age animals, Our young artists will be working with clay tools and callipers to learn about proportion, working in 1:1 ratio with the aid of 3-D figurines. We will be imbedding glass beads, wood shavings and other bits into our creatures in the manner of sculptor, Niki de Saint Phalle. Model Magic will be utilized for our mythical animal, a chimera of our own creation! A Viewing of Creations will be extended to families following class on the last day. Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register) Taught by Artist/Instructor Pamela Palmer B.F.A. Wednesdays 4:15 -5:45 pm 10/9, 10/16, & 10/23 $65
  6. Drawing & Painting & Clay. OH MY
    Oct 24
    Drawing & Painting & Clay. OH MY
    Starting Thursday, October 24th From 5:00 – 6:30 pm Weekly on Thursdays, 4 classes total (no class week of Halloween!) At the Clarkston Family Farm, 6800 Hubbard Rd, Clarkston Our young artists will be taking on LIONS & TIGERS & BEARS in this fun 3 project art series! Kids love animals, especially the big and powerful ones. We will be working in acrylics, chalk pastels, and self-drying clay. Sign them up today to reserve your child's spot! A Gallery Show will be presented to families following class on the final day. Artist/instructor Pamela Palmer B.F.A. Ages 6 & up Dates: 10/24 (Skip 10/31, Halloween) 11/7, 11/14, 11/21.$85
Clay Animals SIgn-up!
Garden Club *Mondays* - Sign-up!
cookbook class Sign-up!
Drawing, Painting & Clay SIgn-up!

CFF Programming

  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

Garden Gala 2020!

Our 2019 Garden Gala event was WONDERFUL! We are so thankful for everyone that was able to join us, support us and share in our story! We DO plan on hosting another Gala next year, if you missed out this time please add your name to our list for next year!

Volunteer for Animal Care at the Farm!
If you have volunteered for animal care or wondering what would be involved please check out our quick instructional videos below! You'll be an expert and ready to go in no time!
 

Chicken Care

Volunteer!

Bunny Care

CFF MINI SERIES!
Independence Television's Mini Series on the Farm
Follow our series and learn what we're really all about and what we're doing on the farm!
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".
Clarkston Family Farm Come see what we're about!

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!

Love what we're doing? Become a Friend of the Family Farm!