FAQs FOR INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS

What is the time commitment?

  • CKC Volunteers typically work 2-3 hours per week.  We try to set and stick to a regular weekly schedule, but we are flexible on time of day amount of hours.

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

 

What if I have to miss a day?

  • No problem, as long as you find your own sub. 

  • CKC Interns and Volunteers use WhatsApp to message each other.  This is a great platform to put out 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 at Koiner Farm. 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.  We have a 6-member urban farmer team: Galen, Joan, Evelyn, Josh, Wes and Hannah.

 

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?

  • 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.

  • Masks are required!

 

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 do keep extra sunscreen, bug spray and work gloves in the garage - please feel free to use these, should you forget your own.

  • 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!

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