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

© 2020 CKC Farming.  All rights reserved.

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FAQs FOR INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS

1.  What is the time commitment?

  • CKC volunteers work anywhere from 2-6 hours per week.

  • CKC interns work 4 hours/week for 12 weeks.

 

2.  How flexible is the work schedule?

  • CKC volunteers are generally able to set their own work schedule.  However, first-time volunteers will need to work alongside one of our seasoned farmers for a few weeks before setting their independent schedule.  

  • CKC interns work 4:00-6:00pm, Monday-Thursday, in the spring and fall, and 5:00-7:00pm in the summer.

  • CKC’s Director of Farm Management, Hannah Sholder, will help set and approve your schedule. Once your weekly schedule is set, we do ask that you stick to it - reliability is king (or queen) around here!

 

3.  What if I have to miss a day?

  • CKC interns and volunteers are expected to find their own sub!

  • Interns and volunteers use WhatsApp to message each other.  This is a great way to request 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. 

 

4.  Where will I be working?

  • CKC interns and volunteers work at Koiner Farm (737 Easley Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910).

  • Koiner Farm is located in downtown Silver Spring, just 2 blocks from the Silver Spring Library and 0.8 miles from the Silver Spring Metro station.

 

5.  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

 

6.  What is the culture like at Koiner Farm?

  • Koiner Farm is in transition.  We have a newly hired farm manager and will be managing the market for the first time.

  • In January of 2019, Mr. Charlie Koiner passed away at the age of 98.  Since Charlie’s passing, a small group of interns and volunteers have been working alongside Charlie's daughter, Lynn, to keep Koiner Farm going.

  • Lynn owns Koiner Farm and lives in the farm house on the premises. 

  • CKC is the nonprofit land trust that stewards and manages the farm.

 

7.  What perks or credits do interns & volunteers receive?

  • Upon completion of the 12-week internship, interns may receive either 50 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours, 1 college credit or a $120 stipend (note: the stipend is for second term interns).

  • Volunteers receive the mental and physical health benefits of working outside with a fun and energetic group of peers.

 

8.  How do I communicate with other interns & volunteers?

  • CKC interns and volunteers use an app called WhatsApp for day-to-day farm communications. 

  • 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 with your fellow interns and volunteers. 

  • Remember, interns and volunteers are responsible for getting their own subs - WhatsApp is a great way to reach out to your network of fellow subs. 

 

9.  What should I wear?

  • Dress appropriately for working outdoors.  Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.  Wear weather appropriate shirt/jacket and shorts/pants that can get dirty.  Wear a sun hat or winter hat, as needed.  

 

10.  What should I bring?

  • Water bottle 

  • Work gloves

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray