Downtown Silver Spring’s Charlie Koiner Passes Away


Charlie Koiner, courtesy of the Koiner Farm Blog

Sad news out of Silver Spring, as “Urban Farmer” Charlie Koiner passed away earlier this week, according to Washington Gardener.

Charlie Koiner grew up on a farm in Rockville in the 1920s. In 1979 he purchased land in Downtown Silver Spring, where he owned and operated Koiner Farm for almost 40 years.

The urban farm, located near the Silver Spring Library at 737 Easley Street, contained beets, blueberries, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, turnips, and a lot more.

For almost four decades, Charlie would often wake up at 4:30am to go outside and tend to the garden.

Charlie was 98.

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