The National Watermelon Association is pleased to highlight one of our bright young members, Jesse Wiggins. Jesse is a delightful and energetic young man, always eager to give of his time and his resources. Having grown up as a member of the Wiggins family and farm, he is not new to the Watermelon industry or to the Association. As a member of our Y Generation Working Group, we are confident that Jesse has a great deal to contribute. It is a wonderful testament to our organization that young people like Jesse consider The National Watermelon Association “FAMILY” and are invested in the future success of the Association. As a watermelon farmer in his own right, we are very proud to introduce Jesse Wiggins to our members.
“Jesse Wiggins is our oldest son and he is a fifth generation watermelon farmer. He has discovered that farming isn’t just a job but it is a way of life. His participation in our farms began at a very young age. He has done everything in our business from running a fruit stand, helping in the sales office, to helping with harvest and packing/shipping and finally the actual farming of the produce. He is attending Stephen F. Austin State University and pursuing a degree in Agri-Business. For the last two years he has been a part time student as well as a full time farmer. He currently serves on the Texas Watermelon Association Board, he is a member of the Generation Y Group, and he is a nominee for the National Watermelon Promotion Board. He is also an active member of his church and serves on other committees as well. He plans on nurturing his love for farming alongside his younger brother, Jared, as they take Wiggins Farms into the future.
Darren and I are very thankful and proud of the young man he is now and we cannot wait to see where his path in life will take him.”
“Jesse is proving to be a great asset for us with the social media. We are an older company and his father, my son and I are so deep in operations, we do not have the time or knowledge to keep up with the social media that is so important to the customers and public. He has the knowledge of social media, as well as extensive knowledge of our farming/ marketing operations. This is a great combination. I feel these abilities are helping my marketing efforts tremendously, and this combined with our high demand for quality, allows us to draw a premium on our watermelons. It is very interesting to watch the next generation find their place among our operations and look forward to see which direction they will take the companies in the future.”
“It is not uncommon for us to talk with numerous Association members in a given day or week. I can say that when I hear from this young man in particular, Jesse can brighten even a great day. He is most definitely a future leader of the Association, a friend to so many, an inspiration to his family and all that know him, and a person that people want to be around. He is blessed, and you can see God emanating from him. I look forward to the next conversation, and meeting, and simple get-together with Jesse, my young friend.”
We thank Jesse for his service to the Association, and look forward to watching him as he becomes the leader that we believe he will soon become.