We Are a Nonprofit Farm Providing Outdoor Education Experiences to Learners of All Ages

Our Mission

We are dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation about healthy food, the value of nature and sustainability all within the context of a positive community gathering space.

What We Do

Clarkston Family Farm is a nonprofit educational farm. We are an extension of the classroom, teaching kids about farm-to-table practices, planting and growing produce, best environmental practices, also livestock. We host field trips for all of the area schools, people rent the farm for private events, we host big events for the community, the Sunflower Market is used to raise funds to support the farm and it provides fresh organic produce for the community.

Our Roots

Our farm is always evolving. If you would like to learn about how we began our work of nature-based education for kids enjoy this video podcast.

Future Plans - Pathways to Possibilities

The Clarkston Family Farm wants to make nature and agriculture accessible to EVERYONE regardless of age or mobility.

To reach that goal, we recently launched a fund raising campaign to allow for the construction of accessible paths to all areas of the farm.  This pathways project will be a multi-year, phased project using a combination of brick-pavers, concrete,  paving, and gravel paths.  With over 1200 feet of pathway planned, this is an ambitious project but, as we have experienced in the past, our extended community is people of all ages and abilities who appreciate what the Clarkston Family Farm has to offer both now and in the future, and we are committed to serving their accessibility needs.

We have recently completed two areas of our pathway plan.  The first area is in our Community Garden and was sponsored by the Clarkston Rotary Club.  With their financial and physical support, as well as the support from community volunteers, we updated this space to add many new raised community garden beds, as well as a large gravel pathway to access them.    We have also just installed  a concrete walkway connecting our hoop house to the driveway, as well as a concrete pad in front of our pavilion with the help of J&J Concrete, so we’re off to a great start!

We have a legacy brick paver project in the works, details to be provided in the near future.  We are also hoping to obtain grants for funding some of the paved portions of the pathway.  If you’d like to see our pathways plan or make a donation to the farm to help with this endeavor, please see the links below. 

We are always grateful for the generosity of our community!  Thank you for being our partner in this vision for making the farm accessible to all!! 

"Where to go, and where to grow"

Our Spaces

Sunflower Market
Gathering Garden
Hens' Haven
Outdoor Cooking Lab
Discovery Pond
Peacepole Garden
The Pavilion
Ruth's Memorial Rain Garden

Our Furry Friends

The Faces of the Farm

Meet our board members, teaching staff and counselors. These amazing individuals are what makes this space the Clarkston Family Farm. Want to join us? Contact us, we’d love to have you!

Executive Board

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Chelsea O’Brien

Founder/President and Executive Director

Brad Shires

Vice President

Michele Dixon


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Allyson Hemsworth


Advisory Board Committee

David Murphy


Chuck Edwards

General Farm Improvement

Nancy Berg

Curriculum Advisor

Elizabeth Kushnereit

Special Events

Annie Whaley

Sunflower Market and CSA Vendors

Meredith Kirby

Sunflower Market and CSA Newsletter

Mary Schleusener

Website / Market

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Terri Dodge

Social Media

Claire Schleusener

Garden Care

Stephanie Hovey

Animal Care

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Meg McGinn

Community Garden

Bridget Place

Volunteer Coordinator

Our Community Sponsors

With help from our friends in the community, the Clarkston Family Farm will provide a space where kids can be kids again, learning and exploring, helping things grow, cooking and tasting and playing in nature.

Our Community Partners

Thank you to all our Community Partners, you make these dreams a reality!

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