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


When the Market is open the Farm is open! Stop by and say hi!
Our outdoor Farmers Market is CANCELED due to pending severe storms  tonight - 9/11/19 but the Sunflower Market is open until 7:00 featuring Holly Bakehouse and their FRESH artisan breads!!
FRIDAYS: 10-4 
Closed - Sundays & Mondays

Garden Dinner Gala
September 13th 2019

Reserve your seat at The Clarkston Family Farm’s enchanted farm-to-table dining experience: The first annual GARDEN DINNER GALA. Special menu specifically created by The Fed & Executive Chef, Jakobi Voorheis, with offerings from the farm.

Please RSVP for a wonderful evening of food, friends and farm

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


Bunny Care

*Note: signup links work best from laptop 
    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
    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. the cookbook class Summer Series!
    Apr - May
    the cookbook class Summer Series!
    EMPOWERING KIDS TO BECOME THE COOK OF THEIR OWN KITCHEN 9:30 - 11:30 ~ Chefs entering Kindergarten - 2nd grade 1:00 - 3:00 ~ Chefs entering 3rd grade - 6th grade Thursday, 6/20, Thursday, 6/27 Wednesday, 7/10 Wednesday, 7/17 Where: Clarkston Family Farm Cost: $120 for all 4 sessions or $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: Instagram: @thecookbookclass Facebook:

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".

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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