The food system upon which we depend is unsustainable for farmers, consumers and the planet.  Solving the agricultural problems of this era requires innovative, healthy, caring individuals, armed with the experience and understanding to tackle these challenges by 'working locally and thinking globally.'  

Alongside our partners, CKC is working to protect urban greenspaces that function as  fundamental community-led, nature-sensitive, socially-responsible assets that are geared towards addressing these problems.


Read our call to County Council to include a comprehensive green infrastructure plan as a core priority of THIVE 2050.

In order to maximize the benefits that protected greenspaces provide, CKC focuses specifically on regenerative food production in urban neighborhoods.  We do this through three programs areas:

  • Land Stewardship

  • Farm Management

  • Education 


These three program areas are inter-dependent and collectively provide unique opportunities for people to connect, explore, discuss, learn and innovate in the pursuit of a safe, smart and sustainable local food system.​

"Urban farms should no longer be considered a temporary or interim use for vacant plots.  They are the future and need to be protected."

- Hannah Sholder, CKC Founder and Director of Land Stewardship

Programs & Activities

Koiner Farm

One-acre urban farm in downtown Silver Spring, protected under a conservation easement collectively held by CKC and MET - Koiner Farm is CKC's flagship farm where our full suite of services are offered


Prosperity Community Farm

An eighth-acre community farm in Wheaton, managed by IMPACT Silver Spring with seed start and land tenure support from CKC

Urban Sanctuary Farm

A half-acre farm in Wheaton, located on private property that is managed by property owners with technical assistance and land tenure support from CKC

Growing Healthy Food

8,000 pounds of produce grown per year

4,000 pounds of produce donated per year


Sharing Knowledge

12 volunteerships per year

4 urban farmer workshops per year


Community Composting

12,500 lbs kitchen scraps accepted per year

20 cubic yards compost produced and used on-site per year

Supporting Small Businesses

7 local businesses selling their products at Koiner Farm and/or using our services


Student Field Trips

15 field trips to the farm per year

200+ student visitors per year 

Student Internships

28 internships per year

Community Events

We offer ~100 opportunities per year to engage with your neighborhood farm ...

48 Open Farmstand Days

10 Summer Concerts on the Farm

35 Yoga & Meditation Classes

2 Neighborhood Volunteer Days

2 Community Stewardship Meetings 

1 Week of Pumpkin Lighting

2,500+ visitors to Koiner Farm per year