NOFA-NY’s Farmer of the Year

Each year, NOFA-NY members and supporters have the opportunity to nominate a NOFA-NY Certified Organic farmer who has gone above and beyond for organic. Thank you to Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows Farm for sharing with our community as NOFA-NY’s Farmer of the Year.

Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows Farm

Farmer of the Year Keynote Address
Live Spanish Interpretation
Tuesday, January 18 from 10:00 am – 11:15 am EST

Zaid Kurdieh, managing partner of Norwich Meadows Farm has amassed more than 35 years working in the agriculture industry in different capacities. While pursuing an MBA from the University of South Dakota, Zaid simultaneously worked for the USDA and Farmers Home Administration as an agricultural management specialist. Following that chapter, he did some graduate study work in agricultural economics at Kansas State University. In the fall of 1996, Zaid then took a position with Cornell Cooperative Extension as a farm business specialist where he worked closely with farmers and other agricultural businesses assisting them with planning, analysis, and marketing. In 1998, Zaid and his partners decided to start Norwich Meadows Farm to produce and provide certified organic fruits and vegetables to the market. What started as a two-acre farm has grown into a 230+ acre business, with 180 high tunnels and 50+ employees. During peak season, Norwich Meadows Farm is present at eleven farmer’s markets each week, has 600+ CSA members and supplies more than 200 high-end restaurants in addition to wholesale customers. Zaid was also a member of the faculty at SUNY Morrisville, Norwich campus, teaching business statistics for two and a half years. He has also contributed as a speaker at Farm AID and several agricultural conferences and symposiums. He is also a board member of Chef’s for Impact, a non-profit aimed at empowering people and connecting communities to make sustainable food decisions through media, programs, and advocacy.