Our Team

David Nicola

Founder & CEO

David Nicola founded Blackdirt Capital in 2015 to capitalize on the intersection of undervalued farmland and the growing grassfed and pasture-based sectors.  He has 14 years of experience in farmland investing, portfolio management, trading, and private equity investing.

Over the past 7 years David has managed investments and built strategies in the U.S. sustainable agriculture sector with a focus on the grassfed beef, grassfed and organic dairy, and organic grain sectors.  This experience includes broad supply chain experience from farmland and ranchland, to production and brands.

David is a 2013 MBA graduate with honors from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, David served as a Portfolio Manager at BlueMountain Capital Management, a Director of Investments at a CT-based family office focused on food and agriculture, and an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup.  He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Gratitude Railroad

Founding Partner

Gratitude Railroad is a community of investors committed to solving environmental and social problems through the profitable deployment of capital into conscious businesses.


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