The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (CKC) is a nonprofit urban land trust. We protect and manage community-led urban farms. 

The Charles Koiner Conservancy (CKC) emerged out of a need to preserve an iconic urban farm in downtown Silver Spring, MD - Koiner Farm. Koiner Farm was operated by Mr. Charles Koiner for 40 years, until his passing at the age of 98 in January 2019.
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 the Charles Koiner Conservancy.  
CKC co-holds a conservation easement that protects Koiner Farm in perpetuity.  CKC also manage the farm's day-to-day operations with help from a team of dedicated volunteers and interns from the community.  Ultimately, CKC is working to establish a network of neighborhood farms that collectively support a more sustainable and resilient food system in Montgomery County, MD.


Land Stewardship

In 2019, with the support of the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), we formed a conservation easement to permanently protect Koiner Farm from development. In 2020, our Land Stewardship Committee created a strategic Conservation Plan that guides CKC's land preservation work and helps us determine where and how urban farms should be established here in Montgomery County, MD.
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Farm Management

Our 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, troops,  religious organizations and fellow nonprofits to get kids outside and engaging with their land and their food in meaningful ways.   Our field trips are designed for K-8th graders and include seasonal age-appropriate activities focused on composting, seed saving, pollinating, nutrition and more. 

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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:



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.

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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:



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.


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!