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

 

Events
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  1. 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!
  2. Camp WILD! Summer 2019
    Jul-Aug
    Camp WILD! Summer 2019
    Get outside and experience a week-long adventure! From animal tracking, interacting with our farm animals, building Wigwams, pond exploration and farm to table cooking labs there Is never a dull moment at Camp WILD! Kids of all ages will love this Summer day camp. Groups are never more than 20 students to allow For amazing hands-on learning experiences in four difference eco-systems at the Clarkston Family Farm. Session 1 July 22nd- July 26th: Ages 4- 7 (age exceptions apply for siblings) 9 a.m. -12 noon $140.00 Session 2 July 29th- August 2nd: Ages 8-12 (age exceptions apply for siblings) 9 a.m.- 12 noon $140.00 Session3: August 5th- August 9th: Ages 4-12 ( age exceptions apply for siblings) 9- 2 p.m. $200.00 Extension activities per day offered from 2-4 p.m. for $25.00 Art, Garden Yoga, Crafts, Farm Animal and Music themes
  3. Project Sundays on the Farm
    Sun
    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.
  4. Green Gym
    Tues
    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 Hoop House, Heritage Garden & 3 Sisters Garden Cost: Free! Your help is priceless!
  5. Farming Thursdays!
    Thurs
    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 Hoop House, Heritage Garden & 3 Sisters Garden. We thank you in advance for your help and support!
  6. String Art *NEW DATE!
    Mar 6
    String Art *NEW DATE!
    Come on out to the Clarkston Family Farm for the String ART Workshop! Lots of different paint colors and string colors to choose from. Appropriate for all ages with parental assistance. Price of the Workshop is $15 which includes all project pieces and instructions. Space is limited so registration is required. Hope to see you there! 💜 When? Wednesday, March 6 Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Where: Clarkston Family Farm Green Room When: Wednesday, March 6th
  7. SPRING! - Yoga at the Farm!
    APR-MAY
    SPRING! - Yoga at the Farm!
    Join us at the Clarkston Family Farm for yoga with instructor Connie Passejna! Classes will be held in our beautifully newly renovated (and heated!) Green Room. (1st driveway off Hubbard on right before the main farm/market driveway) 6800 Hubbard. Rd. COMING IN APRIL - Details on days and time available soon! Slow Flow Yoga: The emphasis will be on building strength, balance, and flexibility on the yoga mat, while flowing through a series of poses. Enjoy moving mindfully and breathing deeply. Open to all levels. Hatha Yoga: A gentle practice using bodily posture, breathing techniques and mindfulness with the goal of bringing health to the body and calm the mind. Open to all levels. Purchase a punch card through our online registration system and join us for either or both classes as your schedule permits! Punch card covers 8 drop-in classes ($100) or drop-in and pay on site the day of ($15).
  8. the cookbook class
    MAR 5th-26th
    the cookbook class
    EMPOWERING KIDS TO BECOME THE COOK OF THEIR OWN KITCHEN For 3rd-7th Graders, every Tuesday evening in March! Are your chefs ready to roll up their sleeves and learn something new? Welcome to the cookbook class, where your chef will... Learn a cooking skill - These skills will range from kitchen safety to reading a recipe and measuring ingredients Create a new recipe - Chefs will learn how to make a different recipe that will go into their own personalized cookbook. At the end of the four classes, chefs will be able to take home their cookbook and practice their recipes in their own kitchen! What kinds of delicious recipes will we be cookin' up? Snack Bites, Fruit Sushi, Smoothie Bowls, Pancakes, and more!! Space is limited to 16 participants, so make sure to sign up fast! Cost: $100 for all 4 sessions Who: 3rd - 7th graders When: Every Tuesday in March (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  9. Cheeses  - part 1
    Mar 7th
    Cheeses - part 1
    Has winter blahs got you down? How about a night out? Learn to make an attractive, delicious cheese board for that impromptu get together. Learn about the types of cheese and what might go together. BYOB (bring your own board or platter) to take home samples of 5 varieties of cheese. Where: Clarkston Family Farm's Sunflower Market When: March 7th, 7-8 pm Cost: $25 per person
  10. Sprouts Program
    Mar 4th
    Sprouts Program
    I WONDER AS I WANDER A Sprouts program presented by the Clarkston Family Farm Age: 3-5 years Focus: Discovering our 5 senses on the farm. Activities include: Treasure Hunts, Tea Parties, Animal Visits, Farm to Table Cooking, and Dancing! Dates: March 4th-28th Days: Mondays and Thursdays Time: 10:30-noon Where: Our newly renovated Green Room Cost: $150
  11. Beginning Beekeeping
    Mar 10
    Beginning Beekeeping
    When Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11am – 12:30pm with open forum question/answer 12:30-1:00 Where Clarkston Family Farm, 6800 Hubbard Rd., Clarkston MI 48348 Cost: $45 per participant or 2/$80 Lead by local Beekeepers John Selden and Dana Campbell (Bee Booty LLC) If you’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper or just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for the 1st year+ beekeeper so no prerequisite knowledge is required. This is a classroom presentation and take home information is included. Topics will include: Getting to know your bees What equipment will you need? Where should you put your hives? Where do you get your bees and how do you get them in the hive? Managing your boxes through the season Keeping your bees healthy Extracting your honey – how and when Open discussion, question/answer included between 12:30 -1.




CFF Mini Series
Digging into the Clarkston Family Farm Episode 1

Independence Television's Mini Series on the Farm is released! Check out the first in the series and learn about what we're doing!

Diggin' the Clarkston Family 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".

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!

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