Pat began by working with his father, Richard Dockstader, at Golden Eagle Hay Company. He took that business over in 1990 and worked with forage products such as hay for many years. He then decided to diversify his business ventures and started growing hay directly to use in the export business of Golden Eagle Hay. P&T Enterprises, the farming venture was begun. He became more diversified with the addition of lemons, grapefruits, minneolas, sweet limes and medjool dates. As of 2017, all 860 acres of P&T’s fruit orchard is 100% USDA Organic. Pat then decided that rather than send his fruit to four different packing houses that he would pack his own fruit. He decided to include in his nephew, Dusty Dockstader, in this new venture.
Dusty had a hay trucking company- D&G Trucking that he started in 2006. He would haul hay and other forage products from various farmers. Dusty delivered these products to the Golden Eagle Hay Compress, as well as delivering to barns, feed stores and private individuals in nearby areas, such as Temecula, San Diego or Los Angeles. His trucking company grew as his client base expanded. In 2016, his uncle, Pat, asked him if he would like to partner with him in his farming company, P&T Enterprises. Together, they decided the time was right to open their own packing shed. Dusty loves to work, so farming and packing is perfect for him.
Gina comes from a 4th generation Imperial Valley Farming Family. She graduated in 1995 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor is Business Management and Spanish. She was the office manager for her father Rick Young, a 3rd generation Imperial Valley Farmer and she did her husband’s bookwork for D&G Trucking. While still working with her father, she has taken on this new roll with P&T Enterprises and Doc's Organics. Her non-farming passions include health and fitness. She is an ACE and AFAA certified trainer and group exercise instructor.
Mike has been involved in the produce industry for 30+ years. He was born nearby in Palm Springs and grew up in Southern California. He began by working in the field and even worked the line at a packing house in his early years. He has been working with Organic fruit since 1997. He enjoys providing the public with a healthy wholesome product. As he says, “Everyone has to eat.” He is very friendly and his passion is fruit. His experience will prove to be a valuable asset to Doc’s.
Jesus was born in Los Reyes, Michoacan Mexico. He worked for an avocado packing house in Michoacan for 5 years. He relocated to the U.S. in 2012 and got a job as an electrician helper in Texas. In one year, he moved up the ladder to journeyman. Jesus later moved to Colorado to work for a construction company. He was in between construction jobs when he applied to work at Doc’s Organics to help with construction of the facility. We liked him so much that we didn’t let him leave. He has been learning how to run the equipment and was promoted from being on the construction crew to Assistant Shed Manager to The Shed Manager.
Natalie is Doc's Organics’ Shipping Coordinator. She grew up in Salinas, California and has been around agriculture all her life. She remembers going out with her father in San Luis to count the lettuce leaves to see if the crop was ready to be harvested. She moved to the Imperial Valley for the first time at age 11 and graduated from Calexico High School. She moved to Texas in 2010 and started working for a packing house in the food safety and shipping/packing division. “Ag is my calling”, she says and it keeps pulling her back in. She enjoys being with her family and friends. She loves game nights with them and is a San Francisco 49ers fan.
Amanda has been working for the Dockstader family since March 2015. She was born and raised in the Imperial Valley. She was first generation college bound and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration option Accounting. Amanda truly believes that Organic is the way of the future, as nobody truly wants to have their meals laden with chemicals harmful to them and their families. Her passions include numbers, reading and singing.