Gold Dust and Walker Farms Hit the Klamath Basin Job Fair Circuit
Gold Dust Potato Processors, Inc. and Walker Farms attend local job fairs to show the variety of jobs available in local agriculture.
Malin, OR (www.golddustfarms.com) April 25th, 2017 – As spring farming in the Klamath Basin gets underway, Gold Dust Potato Processors, Inc. and Walker Farms have been setting up booths at local career fairs as well as attending local schools to share the breadth of jobs available in local agriculture.
The first event the businesses attended was the inaugural Mazama College & Career Fair held April 12th at Valhalla Court in Mazama High School’s gym. Sharing the booth with Klamath Water Users Association, who was promoting their Generation h2.o intern program, Gold Dust’s Lexi Crawford and Toby Turner handed out Lay’s and Kettle brand snacks while discussing the possible opportunities on the modern farm. As a part of their booth, they had a Honeycomb Ag-Drone on display.
The next event was a presentation at Lost River High School on Thursday, April 20th to a classroom of business students and agriculture students. Lexi Crawford shared a PowerPoint presentation about the various team players at Gold Dust and Walker Farms and how they found their way to our businesses. While emphasizing how each path was unique, Lexi showed the common thread was a willingness to give the company a chance and a work ethic to make it better than it was the day before. Students shared their career plans, which included diesel mechanics, engineering, law and the medical field. Students also received an education on the difference between fresh market and chipping potatoes.
When discussing the career fairs, Gold Dust Potato Processors CEO Bill Walker shared he feels there’s a lot of youth leaving our community without realizing the opportunities available to them. “We have kids who leave the Basin and never come back, taking away the next generation of minds,” said Bill Walker. “If you look at our farm, these days it takes more than guys in the fields to keep it running. We need a lot of people wearing a lot of different hats, including marketing, HR, agronomy and smart people to make sure the bills get paid, inventory gets tracked and our customers are happy. It’s all farming.”
The next career fair events Gold Dust will be at is the Summer Job Fair held at Klamath Community College in Building 4 on April 26th and the Oregon State University Spring 2017 Career Convention at LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon, also on April 26th.
About Gold Dust Potato Processors, Inc., and Walker Farms:
Gold Dust and Walker Farms are family held companies that operate in Malin, Oregon. Gold Dust provides processors frying and chipping potato varieties grown by Walker Farms to US-based, Central American and Pacific Rim snack-food companies. For more information about Gold Dust and Walker Farms, please visit www.golddustfarms.com.
Lexi Crawford, Business Manager
Gold Dust Potato Processors, Inc. / Walker Farms