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


From "Hopeful" to "Healing"
Raising the Healing Hoophouse
Hello Friends of the Family Farm,
It is with a heavy (but ever optimistic)  heart that we share this video with you. We know you will care deeply about the event described in this video at the farm today, November 12, 2019. Please share this on your social media platforms and with your respective organizations and consider helping to remedy the situation. Our CFF Board has a solid plan to move forward and work through the described situation and, with your help, to make our farm even better as a result. 

Please feel free to contact us to inquire this further should you feel the need. My email is digit@clarkstonfamilyfarm.com. Any and all of your guidance and support is greatly appreciated. We feel confident that our team can create a Healing Hoophouse that will be stronger, more accessible to all ages and abilities and even more functional than our Hopeful Hoophouse. Thank you for your concern and your help in creating a much improved structure for learning and growing outside. 

With Gratitude,
The Clarkston Family Farm Team
digit@clarkstonfamilyfarm.com

If you would like to make a donation to support the Raising of the Healing Hoophouse project, we've created a site to support this. 

Your Donation Makes A Difference.




"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations"
- Sherry A. Phillips

Workshops& Programming
*Note: signup links work best from laptop 
  1. Winter Garden Club Thursdays - 2020!
    Jan 24
    Winter Garden Club Thursdays - 2020!
    The farm doesn’t stop offering great hands-on learning opportunities in nature just because the weather changes. In fact, Winter is a great time to create nature crafts, learn about animal tracking, cook with the bounty of the farm’s harvest and plan for spring with some of your favorite friends of the farm. Our bunnies and chickens still need lots of love and there are so many wonderful adventures to be had during winter with Garden Club! Garden Club! *Four after school sessions from 4:00-5:30. *Thursdays: January 9th, January 16th, January 23nd & January 30th *5-12 year olds welcome, club members divided into age-appropriate groups & activities. *$60.00 / participants taught by certified environmental educator Chelsea O’Brien and herbalist Amy Vine *Independence Elementary students can be escorted directly from school to adjacent farm *Drop off and pick up at 6800 Hubbard Rd. at the Clarkston Family Farm's "Green Room"
  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. Winter Garden Club Wednesdays - 2020!
    Jan 23
    Winter Garden Club Wednesdays - 2020!
    The farm doesn’t stop offering great hands-on learning opportunities in nature just because the weather changes. In fact, winter is a great time to create nature crafts, learn about animal tracking, cook with the bounty of the farm’s harvest and plan and build for spring with your favorite friends of the farm. Our bunnies and chickens still need lots of care and there are so many wonderful adventures to be had during the winter season with Garden Club! *Four after school sessions from 4:00-5:30. *Wednesdays: January 8th, January 15th, January 22nd & January 29th *$60 Per participant *5-12 year olds welcome, club members divided into age-appropriate groups & activities. *Directed by Certified teachers/environmental educators: Chelsea O'Brien and Sarah Wilson *Independence Elementary students can be escorted directly from school to adjacent farm *Drop off and pick up at 6800 Hubbard Rd. at the Clarkston Family Farm's "Green Room" Space is limited to 20 participants for this well loved program so don't wait to sign up! Please register through our registration link "Garden Club Sign-up" on our site.
  4. 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
cookbook class Sign-up!
Wednesday Winter Garden
Club SIgn-up!
Thursday Winter Garden
Club 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!