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Meet Our Executive
Team!

Tricia Walker

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Weston Walker

Farmer/ Chief of Sales

CFO & Legal Counsel

Chief of Operations, Farm

Chief of Administration

Bart Crawford

Veronica Walker

Matt Thompson

Chief of Operations, Shed

Sr. Farm Director

Farm Director

Salvador Vera

Ramon Sanchez

Tricia Walker

Farm MVP
Jose Valadez

Shed MVP
Andres Vidrio

Office MVP
Mel Olsen

Annually at our company Leadership Dinner & Company Holiday Party, we recognize those on the team who have excelled during the year. Every employee is encouraged to vote. Below are our 2023 winners!

2023 Company Awards

Lionheart Award - Commitment & Loyalty to the Company

Our MVP awards go to a team member from the Farm, Shed, and Office. The criteria were: high integrity, doing the right thing even when it’s hard and no one is looking. They support and promote continuous learning, and are always growing and improving. They keep a team player attitude!

MVP Winners!

Shooting Star Nominees

Our Shooting Star award is a Team Member who is an up-and-comer, a future leader, and growing fast!  An award goes to someone from the Farm, Shed and Office

Shooting Star Award

Office Star
Brandon Zieg

Farm Star
Dustin Haskins

Shed Star
Felimon Martinez Acosta

Winner:

Erick Vera,

Farm Manager

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Bill Walker

Jan Walker

John Walker

Co-founder and influential leader, guiding the businesses with a vision for growth. Was integral to sales and overall business direction.

Co-founder and a knowledgeable potato farmer, influencing practices at Walker Farms with expertise in both potatoes and grain.

Co-founder and fourth-generation farmer, From driving harvest trucks to office management, she ensured financial success.

Meet the Minds Behind Gold Dust & Walker Farms’ Growing Success
Back in 1973 it was unlikely that Bill and John Walker foresaw their budding farming operation growing as much as it did. As the original two partners, with the help of Bill’s wife, Jan, the brothers grew their modest grain farm into what would become Gold Dust Potato Processors and Walker Farms.

Our Founders

Meet Our Visionaries

Gold Dust & Walker Farms seeks an Agronomist to work in Malin, Oregon. Study, investigate, and conduct research on potato varieties to determine the capability and soil usage, appropriate fertilizer applications, water saturation levels, and effects of alternative practices on soil productivity; diagnose physiological problems of potato plants due to fertilizer, pests, or other agents; develop insect pest management strategy; develop control strategies to minimize nematode; and assist with scheduling planting, fertilizer application, irrigation, and harvest, according to plant specifications.

Travel to various worksites within a 60 mile radius of the employer’s main office located in Malin, OR.

Ability to work on Saturdays on a regular basis, and over 40 hours/week during peak season (May-October) is required.

We are seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented Office Assistant to join our team. The Office Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support and assisting with various office tasks. The ideal candidate will have excellent phone etiquette, strong organizational skills, and the ability to multitask effectively.

· Welcome visitors and drivers by greeting them, in person or on the telephone; answering, screening and referring inquiries

· Scale trucks in/out and perform data entry for into GDD Database

· Communicate with customers and team to acknowledge and organize orders

· Create Bills of Lading using customer purchase orders

· Create temp recorders and Export Bills of Lading are assigned shipper and dispatch numbers

· Create and update weekly load sheet

· Prepare the schedule for the day as needed

· Check in/out hay trucks as needed

· Assist with maintaining office supply inventory

· Other clerical and administrative tasks which may not be defined here

Check back often for new opportunities. We're always looking for outstanding employees.

Office Jobs

 Office Assistant

Farm Jobs

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Most Valuable Person

Jose Valadez

FARM

SHED

Andres Vidrio

OFFICE

Mel Olsen

Dustin Haskins

FARM

Felimon Martinez Acosta

SHED

OFFICE

Mel Olsen

Shooting Star Winners!

Andres Vidrio, Merelin Cazarez, Brandon Zieg, Heather Naylor, Melissa McClure, Sarah Birch, Mel Olsen, Scott Miles, Kighlee Knight

Andres Vidrio, Filimon Martinez Acosta, Ulises Flores Cobian, Roberto Mota, Dwayne Wilkinson, Heather Naylor

Miguel A Martinez, Miguel Martinez Ruiz, Erick Vera, Dustin Haskins, Jairo Villanueva, Eduardo Lopez, Trino Zendejas

FARM

FARM

OFFICE

SHED

Responsibilities:

· Ability to work quickly with hands

· Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time (>10 hours per day)

· Ability to lift, push, pull, carry 50 pounds repeatedly

· Ability to bend, crawl, stoop, stand, sit, walk, reach, climb without limitations

· Ability to climb on and off equipment, using both hands and feet, without limitations

· Ability to withstand extreme environmental elements including rain, snow, sun, wind, heat, cold

Job Requirements: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 Agronomist

 Farm Laborer

· Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops.

· Tractor driving is a pretty solitary activity. You will need to be able to get direction at the beginning of your shift and carry out the task, with advice where needed but mostly by yourself through the day. Tractor work sets the crew up for success in each field so just going out and spading or disking isn't enough. You need to know what results we need in the field and work with the farm manager to best achieve them.

· You are also responsible for keeping the equipment and tractor in safe working order on the days you are driving the tractor. This means some regular maintenance and informing someone when things need fixed.

Responsibilities:

J&W Walker Farms is hiring seasonal 
OPERATORS. This is a seasonal position with potential year-round employment for hard working individuals.

 Operator

Responsibilities:

· Lift pipe from ground or trailer, carry variable distance across fields/dirt terrain and set on the ground

· Push/pull wheel lines into place and/or across fields

· Stand at conveyor belt for extended periods of time picking out potatoes with both hands as they move along belt

· General physical labor including digging, digging samples, raking, weeding, sweeping, shoveling, hammering, etc.

Boards & Commissions

Part of being involved with the community is being a part of various boards and accepting commissions.

National Potato

board

In 2013 Weston Walker was appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Potato Board. The NPB is instrumental in giving the potato industry a voice in Congress.

Klamath Water

Users Association

Tricia Hill served as a board member on KWUA for several years before being elected as the first woman board president in 2019. KWUA works to ensuring Klamath Basin irrigated agriculture gets the water it needs.

Klamath Drainage District

Since 2019, Bill Walker has sat on the board of KDD, lending his experience to help make decisions on behalf of the irrigation district.

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