Educate and empower generations to come by regenerating a connection between people, food, and farming.
Grow the knowledge of farming and food sources and in turn, expand the availability of nutritious foods.
Encourage an entrepreneurial and self-sufficient mindset through the practices of agriculture.
Educate all ages on the importance of “getting your hands dirty” and the soil that sustains us all.
POD Education Series
Tours Offered: August 14th & 15th at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm
Host: Farmer Drew
$10 Tour Ticket Includes: 60 Minutes & Includes a Qtr. Peck Bag of Potatoes
Tour Itinerary: Take a tour of our greenhouse and learn how this process supports our field crops. We’ll explore soil, worms, and how to plant a potato as we walk through the space. A guided wagon ride will take you past our mobile chicken coop and peach orchards to our next destination, the potato field. Bring your shovels and buckets for the best diggin’ experience!
Our story is rooted in family & farming
Our grandparents, Bob and Faye Zurschmeide have six children, nineteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren with number five on the way. We all grew up in Western Loudoun County, born as cousins and best friends. From our very early days, Pawpaw and Mimi, watched over us while our parents
worked the farm and taught us about the value of sweat and hard work.
The Farm: We grew up on the farm playing in the chicken coop, competing to pick the first ripe strawberry of the season, raising puppies and kittens in the barns & fishing in the pond. After a day in the greenhouse helping plant the first of the spring crops we’d be exhausted and dirty but had a strong feeling of accomplishment. Our parents would always say “Dirt Don’t Hurt” and we took that to heart.
As we celebrated the fourth wedding our our cousin’s generation and prepared to welcome the fifth great grandbaby to the family we began thinking; How can we foster continued love for family & farming in this next generation? How do we support each other to work the farm and take care of the great-grandbabies as they arrive? How do we share the farm lifestyle with others and help them to build a healthy lifestyle?
Sitting up on the mountain one evening, we remembered a saying Pawpaw shared from his mother. “She’d say you’ve gotta eat a peck of dirt before you die.” We think she was on to something!
With that, we formed the “Peck of Dirt” Foundation to help foster education and experiences for all ages to help renew connections to our soil, our food, farming and our health and empower a generation to continue farming and feeding our community. Won’t you join us?
~ The Zurschmeide Cousins