Octogenarian Charlie Koiner Leads the Way in City Farming

Charlie Koiner, Farmer

From Real People Eat Local
Silver Spring, Maryland
Thanks to Organic Consumers Assn

Only one block from a typical urban strip in downtown Silver Spring, MD, that includes an old parking garage, a beauty parlor and an Ethiopian restaurant, Charlie Koiner, who’ll be 88 in November, still has a farm. It’s hard to believe, but turning east onto Easley Street off Fenton, in the course of one block, you shift from urban grime to fertile rural splendor, from the cramped seat of your hot car to a comfy lawn chair under a mature shade tree, from the usual “rodent issue” to a farm cat named Hank.

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See also Charlie’s Farm video