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 two blocks from the Silver Spring Library and 0.8 miles from the Silver Spring Metro station. 

  • Please note: Interns and Volunteers who express interest in working at the Farmers' Market will work at the FRESHFARM Silver Spring Market located at the intersection of Ellsworth and Fenton in front of the Regal Movie Theater for 2-hour shifts between the hours of 9am-1pm..


Who do I report to?

  • CKC Interns and Volunteers 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

  • Please note, Interns and Volunteers who express interest in working at the Farmers' Market will report to Kate Medina.  Kate manages market sales.  Kate can be reached by WhatsApp at 240-418-7170 or email at kate@ckcfarming.org.


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. 

  • Remember, CKC Interns and Volunteers are responsible for getting their own subs - WhatsApp is a great way to reach out to everyone with sub requests. 


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.


What else do I need to bring?

  • Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and work gloves.

  • 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 back porch fridge.

  • 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!


The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (DBA: CKC Farming) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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