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.

Our Spaces

Sunflower Market
Gathering Garden
Hens' Haven
Outdoor Cooking Lab
Discovery Pond
Peacepole Garden
The Pavilion
Teaching 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

Marketing & Social Media

Laura Haynes


Meredith Kirby

Sunflower Market and Gathering Space

Annie Whaley

Sunflower Market and Gathering Space

Nancy Berg

Curriculum Advisor

Bridget Place

Volunteer Coordinator

Elizabeth Kushnereit

Special Events

Samantha Pepera

Horse Helpers

Mary Schleusener

Website Manager

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Meg McGinn

Community Garden

Grace Howard

Student Liaison

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Sierra Bonser

MSU Summer Intern

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!