Bruce Nelson is interested in further engaging the agricultural community in Second Harvest’s work to feed hungry people in the Inland Northwest.
As the owner and manager of Nelson Farms, Inc., Silver Creek Farms, Inc. and Two Butte Farms, Inc., Nelson brings his knowledge of the inner workings of the agricultural industry and his connections to farmers throughout the state to his position on Second Harvest’s governing board.
After graduating from college, Nelson returned to the Palouse to run the family farm. During the 35 years he has overseen the operation, the farm has grown from 800 acres to its current 7,000 acres.
“The small profit margin in farming during most of this time forced me to become an efficient manager,” Nelson said. “At a time when many of our neighbors were moving out of agriculture, our operation continued to grow.”
Nelson is an active community volunteer, serving in leadership roles for the Washington Dry Pea and Lentil Council and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. He also has served more than 14 years on the Northwest Farm Credit Services board of directors, and has been a member of the Farm Credit Council and Farm Credit Services. For the past year, Nelson has been on the board of directors for the Washington Nature Conservancy.
Nelson and his wife have donated to Second Harvest for many years, so serving on its board of directors is a natural extension of his support.
“Second Harvest it is no doubt one of the best organizations for helping those in need,” Nelson said. “It is a well-run and efficient organization that puts food on the table of those in need.”