Thomas has devoted his life to building sustainable food systems that connect rural and urban areas. He is passionate about the ongoing economic and environmental viability of rural farming communities, and has lived at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley since 1995.
Thomas Nelson is the President and Co-founder of Capay Valley Farm Shop, a community-owned social enterprise that aggregates and distributes local, seasonal food from almost 50 small and mid-sized family farms in Yolo County. Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Community Food Security Coalition, Capay Valley Vision, and UC SAREP have all benefited from his broad expertise in coalition building, organizational development, strategic planning, project management, and marketing and communications.
Thomas earned his MBA at UC Davis, with a focus on social entrepreneurship. He serves on the boards of California Farmlink and The Fruit Guys Community Fund. Through Kitchen Table Advisors, Thomas is thrilled to invest his time helping small, sustainable farms build their businesses.