Farm Foundation® Announces the 2024 CAFE Student Workshop Cohort

Farm Foundation is excited to announce the selection of the first cohort for its CAFE (Careers in Ag and Food Exploration) Student Workshop. The CAFE Student Workshop is a unique program designed to introduce undergraduate students from 1890 land-grant institutions to the exciting world of food and agriculture.

“We are thrilled to welcome this talented group of students to the inaugural CAFE Student Workshop,” said Jenna Wicks, Farm Foundation program manager. “The food and agriculture sector offers a wide range of career opportunities, and we are committed to helping the next generation explore these possibilities.”

The CAFE Student Workshop will be held on May 20 and 21 at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Farm Pavilion. The workshop will provide students with an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the critical role of food and agriculture in our society
  • Explore the many career paths available in food and agriculture
  • Gain valuable professional development skills
  • Network with industry leaders

The CAFE Student Workshop is part of Farm Foundation’s Next Generation suite of programs, which is focused on developing future leaders in food and agriculture. The CAFE Student Workshop is made possible by the SAPLINGS (System Approach to Promote Learning and Innovation for the Next GenerationS) grant, in partnership with North Carolina A&T University as part of their $18.1 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

The 2024 CAFE cohort comprises current freshman and sophomore students at the following institutions:

  • Tennessee State University: Mya Blake, Rickinsha Calbert, Emma Douglas, Jeffery Jackson, Arion Jones, Dorrien Oliver, and Eriana Pitts
  • North Carolina A&T University: Addison Bonner
  • Southern University and A&M College: Destinae Davis, Christopher Hills

This is the first of a five-year project. Additional cohorts are planned for each year of the project. To learn more, visit

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