Programs Offered

FoodPrints - Koiner Farm

The Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming (CKC) offers Urban Farmer Internships to high school and college students. Interns receive the rare opportunity to work at Montgomery County’s only urban farm, Koiner Farm. The one-acre Koiner Farm is located in downtown Silver Spring (just two blocks from the Silver Spring Library) and has been in operation at this location since 1979. Interns will receive hands-on farming experience, learn about seed starts, crop rotation, companion planting, diagnosing common plant symptoms and more, and will also have the opportunity to pursue approved projects related to their area(s) of interest. Interns are expected to dedicate four hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, in exchange for Student Service Learning hours, college credit or a stipend.

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All FRESHFARM markets and farmers accept SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior FMNP checks. Our FreshMatch program provides a dollar-for-dollar match on all federal benefits spent at market, helping shoppers take home more fresh and nutritious produce and local foods while creating and sustaining new revenue streams for local farmers and food producers.

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DC Youth Meals Program (Free Summer Meals)

When school lets out for the summer, children across the region are at higher risk of experiencing food insecurity, having lost access to meals and snacks provided by their educational institution. FRESHFARM and our partners seek to bridge that gap through the Free Summer Meals program.

FRESHFARM’s Free Summer Meals program is offered in partnership with local meal providers — CentroNía and DC Central Kitchen — across the District to provide free meals to children aged 18 years old and younger when school is out for summer break.

Grant-funded by the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Summer Meals is operated by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Community members may also know it as the DC Youth Meals Program or Free Summer Meals.

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