A Bit About Me
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 (
Farmers Home Administration) as an agricultural management specialist. Following that
chapter, he did some graduate study work (PhD) 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 management specialist where he worked closely with
farmers and other agricultural businesses assisting them with planning, analysis and
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.