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96-year-old man still farming in the middle of the city of Silver Spring, MD

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“I do a little fishin’ in the spring, so between the fishing and the gardening- that keeps me busy. So I’m just glad to be able to do it,” he said.

By Sarah Konsmo,
Mar 222, 2017


Charles Koiner is still working his farm, at the age of 96.

“I just enjoy raising the garden and doing the market. And I tell you, I have such nice customers,” he said.

It’s a farm – that in the more than three decades he’s been working it- has turned into an oasis in the middle of the city and a true farm with dozens of varieties of fruit and vegetables.

Still, the most obvious things popping up in his Silver Spring neighborhood are condos and property taxes.

Earlier this month, Montgomery County Council passed a bill to give small farmers a tax break.

For Koiner, that amounts to the better part of twenty thousand dollars, much more than the farm itself was making at the market.

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