PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
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 community-led food production in urban neighborhoods. We do this through three programs areas, including (1) Land Protection, (2) Farm Management and (3) Education & Outreach.
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
Koiner Farm is our flagship farm. It is protected under a conservation easement and offers our full suite of programs. Koiner Farm is located in a low-income census tract of downtown Silver Spring, and within 1 mile of low-income+low-food-access tracts (see map).
USDA's Food Access Research Atlas:
Blue = Low-income defined by census tracts with poverty rate of 20% or higher, or median family income less than 80% of median family income for state
Orange = Low-income and low-food-access defined as census tract with significant number of residents who are more than 0.5-miles (urban) or 10-miles (rural) from nearest supermarket
Red = Koiner Farm
Learn more about our urban farm expansion efforts here.
+8,000 pounds grown per year
+4,000 pounds donated per year
28 urban farmer internships per year
12 volunteerships per year
4 urban ag workshops per year
12,500 lbs kitchen scraps composted per year
20 cubic yards compost finished and used on-site per year
Supporting Small Businesses
7 local businesses selling their products at Koiner Farm and/or using our services
EDUCATION + OUTREACH
15 field trips to the farm per year
200+ student visitors per year
28 internships per year
We offer ~100 opportunities per year to engage with your neighborhood farm ...
48 Open Farmstand Days
10 Summer Concerts
35 Yoga & Meditation Classes
2 Neighborhood Volunteer Days
2 Community Stewards Meetings
1 Week of Pumpkin Lighting
2,500+ visitors to Koiner Farm per year