Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows

PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows:

Connecting area residents to Loudoun’s vital agricultural history while providing locally-grown fruits and vegetables for its food insecure population today.


Loudoun County is one of the wealthiest and most rapidly developing jurisdictions in our country. However, more than 14,000 Loudoun community members—half of them children—are food insecure.

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows launched in early 2019. In its first season, the farm produced almost 5,000 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies including potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and melons. Since our first season, production on the farm has increased by more than 600 percent. In honor of PEC’s 50th anniversary, the Community Farm will grow and donate 50,000 pounds of regeneratively grown produce in 2022.

In 2021, our local food pantries continued to serve increased numbers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and inflated food costs, putting healthy, delicious food outside the financial means of many families. In response, we have continued to expand our production, adding laying hens, an orchard and more vegetable fields.

Throughout our 2021 season, we welcomed 750 volunteers who donated over 1600 hours of their time to the farm, while following CDC and health department guidelines. Our volunteers harvested 35,000 pounds of fresh produce for donation to Loudoun Hunger Relief.


Visit and Volunteer

There are several management areas within the 140-acre Roundabout Meadows property owned by PEC. The Community Farm is located on the approximately 40 acres within the triangle created by the traffic circles at Howsers Branch Road, Route 15 and Route 50. The address is 39990 Howsers Branch Dr. Aldie, VA 20105. If the gate is open, you’re welcome to stop in!

Our 2022 volunteer season kicked off in late March! Learn about volunteer opportunities on the farm

community farm location

Have questions?
Contact Farm Manager Dana Melby at dmelby@pecva.org or 540-347-2334 x.7068.


Community Farm Blogroll:

Community Farm Internship

PEC is hosting two interns for the summer to gain agricultural skills and learn about our operations at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows ...
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2022 Highlights

2022 Highlights

Learn about our efforts to expand conservation and restoration efforts, empower local communities, invest in public access, and connect consumers to local farms in 2022 ...
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Along the Route 50 Corridor

The beauty of the Route 50 corridor is not an accident. It has taken multi-generational involvement in local decision-making to plan for and preserve this historic east-west passage. PEC has played a part in that by working with communities and partner organizations to identify threats and opportunities that could impact ...
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PEC to hold Family Day at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows, June 18

PEC to hold Family Day at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows, June 18

On June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Piedmont Environmental Council invites community members to a free, fun-filled Family Day at PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows, located at 39990 Howswers Branch Drive in Aldie ...
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Aerial view of PEC's Community Farm

2021 at the Community Farm

2021 was our best year yet at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows! Thanks to the help of more than 750 volunteers over the course of the year, we were able to donate approximately 35,000 pounds of fresh produce to our friends at Loudoun Hunger Relief! ...
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Moving the Needle

Moving the Needle

Read about the next generation making a difference in key PEC programs ...
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Summer at PEC’s Community Farm

Our Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows ushered in its third growing season this spring and welcomed hundreds of volunteers through its gates. As we all continue to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Community Farm has served as an inspiring gathering place for community members to enjoy nature, give back ...
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Community-based Partnerships Take Root & Grow in Loudoun County

Community-based Partnerships Take Root & Grow in Loudoun County

The Piedmont Environmental Council is proudly working with multiple community partners to support local farms and farmers, create more public access to outdoor spaces, and support the county’s food insecure population. Some of these initiatives were inspired or amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, while others continue to advance PEC’s core ...
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farmer Dana waters seedlings

Spring Update from the Community Farm

Our third season is underway with more than 12,000 seedlings in the greenhouse ...
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Video: Wrapping up 2020 at the Community Farm

We had an incredible 2020 season at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows! Thanks to the tireless work of over 470 volunteers, we donated more than 25,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce to our partners at Loudoun Hunger Relief! ...
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community farm volunteers packing eggplant

Farm to Food Pantry Initiatives During the Pandemic

Since March, with the help of partners and supporters, The Piedmont Environmental Council has provided 25,000 pounds of vegetables, 25,000 gallons of milk, and more than 11,000 pounds of local beef and pork to the food-insecure in our nine-county region of the northern Piedmont. That’s more than 50,000 pounds of ...
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Community farm volunteer Jaiden

Summer on the Farm

As of early September, we have donated more than 22,000 pounds of fresh produce to Loudoun Hunger Relief! Learn More ...
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Video Updates from the Community Farm

Check out the latest video updates from Dana and Pete at PEC's Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows! ...
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Spring at Roundabout Meadows

Alot is going on, at and around our 141-acre Roundabout Meadows property at Gilberts Corner in Loudoun County. We’ve got a new trail opening, the second season for the Community Farm and news to share about the market property at the northeast corner! ...
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Year One on the Farm

Year One on the Farm

Loudoun County is one of the most affluent counties in the nation and simultaneously home to some 14,000 people without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. It is consistently one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, and yet over 200,000 acres is planned to remain rural with over 58,000 ...
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Let There Be Fruits and Veggies

Let There Be Fruits and Veggies

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows was founded with two ideas in mind: to connect residents to Loudoun’s vital agricultural economy and to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables for its food-insecure families ...
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volunteers at the farm

Volunteer Opportunities at the Community Farm

Interested in volunteering? Help us with planting and harvesting healthy food for Loudoun residents in need. On-site training will be provided. Previous experience is welcomed, but it is not required. Be prepared to work outside in variable weather conditions, get your hands dirty while doing a good deed, and learn about ...
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About the Community Farm

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows launched in early 2019. In its first season, the farm produced almost 5,000 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies including potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and melons. In 2020, with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, food pantries saw need triple almost overnight ...
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Roundabout Meadows sign in front of a meadow

Growing Connections: The Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows

Food brings people together. But healthy food is sometimes hard to come by. Despite Loudoun County’s reputation as a wealthy community, a surprising number of children in the county — one in 10 — live in households with limited access to healthy food. The consequences can be stark for these ...
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This project is made possible through generous funding by Prince Charitable Trusts, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation, 100WomenStrong, the Chichester duPont Foundation, The Luminescence Foundation, David Ford, George L. Ohrstrom, II, Jean Perin, and Viviane Warren, along with other individual contributions from numerous members of the local community.