The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (CKC) is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and managing urban farms that serve the needs of their community. 

The Charles Koiner Conservancy (CKC) emerged out of a need to preserve one particularly iconic urban farm - Koiner Farm - located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.  Koiner Farm was operated by Mr. Charles Koiner for 40 years, until his passing in January 2019 at the age of 98.

 

In 2010, Mr. Koiner's way of life was documented in the film, Corner Plot.  In 2018, Mr. Koiner he was named "The First Urban Farmer," by Montgomery Magazine. And today, Mr. Koiner's legacy lives on through the work of CKC.  

 

CKC co-holds a conservation easement that permanently protects Koiner Farm.  CKC also manage the farm's day-to-day operations with help from a team of neighborhood volunteers and interns.  Ultimately, CKC is working to establish a network of neighborhood farms that collectively support a more sustainable and resilient food system.

Land Stewardship

In 2019, CKC's Land Stewardship program formed a conservation easement that permanently protects Koiner Farm from development. In 2020, the Land Stewardship team created a strategic Conservation Plan that guides CKC's land preservation initiatives and helps our organization determine where and how urban farms should be established here in Montgomery County, MD.
 
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Farm Management

CKC's Farm Management team runs the day-to-day operations at Koiner Farm and provides technical assistance to two urban farm in Wheaton.  A team of volunteers and interns work in partnership with skilled and experienced urban farmers to care for the land and grow healthy food for their community.  We are always looking to add great people to our team so be sure to contact us if interested.
  
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Farm Education

 Our Farm Educators host on-farm field trips, workshops, picnics and more, while also partnering with schools, religious organizations and fellow nonprofits.   The farm education program is rooted in the understanding if we are to have a functioning food system of the future, everyone, especially children, need opportunities to connect with and appreciate their food, their land, and their neighbors. 

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The buzz ...

Koiner Farm Volunteer, Frieda, talks about what life at her neighborhood farm means to her in Summer 2020.

Koiner Farm volunteers and neighbors remember Charlie Koiner, who would have been 100 in November 2020!

Koiner Farm is open and welcome to the public - mask up and come check out what's happening at your neighborhood farm.

CKC's Co-Founder and Deputy Director, Hannah Sholder, named Local Hero by Congressman Jamie Raskin!

Check out other CKC videos on our YouTube channel.

We are thankful for our partners and sponsors:

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We are honored to serve our community:

Number of students served:

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535

We host on-farm field trips for students in K-8th, as well as internships for high school and college students.  Students get to  experience a small, closed-loop food system right in their neighborhood.  CKC is an approved SSL organization for MCPS students. Learn more here.

Pounds of produce donated:

6,018

We donate our clean, fresh, sustainably grown produce to Shepherd's Table (0.5 miles away).  The Shepherd's Table staff ensure that our nutritious produce reached the vulnerable members of our community.  Learn more here.

Square feet of land protected:

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34,848

We are the primary stewards of Koiner Farm.  As stewards, we are responsible for ensuring that the the conservation easement, which is co-held by the Maryland Environmental Trust and CKC, is upheld for public benefit.  Learn more here.

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Now, more than ever, the world needs healthy, informed, caring individuals armed with the knowledge and experience to create a sustainable and equitable food system. 

Thank you!