Jake Wightman

  • Degree: Bachelor (Spring 2022)
  • Advisor: Dr. Ricardo Hernandez
  • LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/jake-wightman-89650a17b

What was your degree(s) or focus?

BS in Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems- Urban Horticulture
Minor in Agribusiness Management

How are you planning to use your degree?

I plan to use my degree to serve American farmers and educators. In doing this, I hope that more people will have access to healthy food systems, sustainably grown horticultural commodities, and environmentally responsible landscapes.

Whom do you want to thank?

I would like to thank Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, Dr. Alex Woodley, Dr. Brandon Huber, and Dr. Mike Mullen for all of their support, advice, opportunities, and encouragement.

What is the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State?

The best thing about studying horticulture at NC State is the amount of knowledgeable, well-equipped, and thoughtful faculty. You can truly dive as far into a subject as you want, and the faculty will be there to support and encourage you every step of the way.

Clubs and Activities

Horticulture Club
Agroecology Club
Student Wolfpack Club
CALS Ambassadors
Agroecology Ambassadors

Do you have plans for after graduation? Are you currently working?

Post-graduation, I will be working as a lawn technician for Aggieland Green in College Station, TX, while pursuing a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Texas Tech University. I hope to someday work in cooperative extension, or in the school system as an Agriculture Science teacher.

Advisor Comments (Dr. Ricardo Hernandez)

During my time advising and teaching Jake, his perseverance and motivation are what impressed me the most. His determination to work through challenges (mostly independent) is one of his many skills. His outgoing and magnetic personality, perseverance, and intelligence will help him succeed in his new challenge as a master’s student. I have no doubt he will contribute greatly to the field of Ag Education and leadership. Best of luck Jake.