FAQs FOR INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS

What is the time commitment?

  • CKC Volunteers typically work 2-4 hours per week and generally stick to a regular weekly schedule from March through October.

  • CKC Interns are required to work 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.  Interns who work on the farm, will work Monday-Thursday 4pm-6pm in the spring and fall and 5pm-7pm in the summer.  Please note, Interns who express interest in working at the Farmstand Market should be available on Thursday evenings.

 

What are the COVID precautions and protocols when working at the farm?

  • Everyone must wear a mask when on the farm.  Extra masks are available in the garage.

  • Everyone must wear work gloves when on the farm.  Extra gloves are available in the garage.  

  • Please try to maintain 6-feet between you and other workers.

  • If you don't feel well, don't come.

What if I have to miss a day?

  • No problem, but please try to find your own sub. 

  • CKC Interns and Volunteers use WhatsApp to message each other.  This is a great platform to share your request for a sub, or offer to cover someone else. The truth is, everyone is going to need a sub at some point, so don’t be afraid to ask and definitely don’t be afraid to help out by covering someone else’s shift.

 

Where will I be working?

  • CKC Interns and Volunteers work at Koiner Farm, a one-acre urban farm in Montgomery County, MD.

  • Koiner Farm is located at 737 Easley Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910, just 2 blocks from the Silver Spring Library.

  • We are less than a mile from the Silver Spring Metro station (red line) and less than a mile from the Montgomery College TP/SS Campus. 

 

Who do I report to?

  • CKC Interns and Volunteers ultimately report to Hannah Sholder.  Hannah is the Program Director for Farm Management. Hannah can be reached by WhatsApp at 412-979-1172 or email at hannah@ckcfarming.org

  • Interns and Volunteers will usually work on day-to-day farm duties under the supervision of one of Koiner Farm's experienced urban farmers (Meet the Team here).

 

How do I communicate with others?

  • We use WhatsApp for day-to-day communications between Interns and Volunteers. 

  • Please download WhatsApp before your first day of work and message Hannah at 412-979-1172 to let her know you got it. Hannah will link you in with your fellow Interns and Volunteers.

 

What should I wear?

  • First and foremost, wear your mask!

  • Come dressed for the weather.  You should wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy, weather appropriate shirt/jacket and shorts/pants that can get dirty, a sun hat or winter hat, if needed.

  • Please bring your own work gloves or gardening gloves.  We have some gloves to share, but your own are best.

 

What else do I need to bring?

  • Always bring a water bottle, work gloves and mask.

  • You may also want a snack, sunscreen, bug spray or other.

  • We keep keep extra sunscreen, bug spray and hand sanitizer in the garage.

  • We also keep a Brita pitcher of cold water in the fridge, but you will need your own water bottle to fill up.

How do I keep track of my hours?

  • We keep a sign-in/sign-out sheet on the work counter in the garage.

  • This is where you will mark down your hours worked. 

  • We use this sign-in/sign-out sheet to keep track of all Intern and Volunteer hours. It is very important that everyone, regardless of your reason for working,  track your hours... if not for your own benefit, for the benefit of CKC Farming, as we like to reference "number of volunteer hours" in grant applications among other things. Thank you for your help with this!

 

What are the rules on the farm?

  • No smoking on or near the property.

  • No use of drugs or alcohol, or any judgement impairing medications, prior to or while working on the farm.  Volunteers and interns may be expected to use heavy tools and operate machinery.

  • No language of violence, sexism, racism, homophobia, or other hateful speech.  Koiner Farm is a safe space where all members of the community have the right to feel safe and respected.  Note, CKC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing with the State of Maryland and, as such, is required to report violent behavior and/or language to the authorities.​

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