Holdener Farms, Inc. was established in 1975 by Bill Holdener who began farming in 1953. Bill started farming while working for others and gradually was able to go out on his own and later form his corporation.
Bill is a third generation, lifelong resident of Dixon, CA. Bill knew from a young age that he wanted to be a farmer. While in high school and working, he tended to his first crop on leased land. He slept at the end of his field with his foot in the furrow so he would wake to move the irrigation to the next rows when the water hit his foot. His first field of sugar beets was grown in Dixon in 1953. His family bought the “home ranch”, near Elmira in the early 1900’s. Bill was a successful farmer and excellent steward of the ground for 63 years in the Dixon area forming and operating Holdener Farms, Inc. He used to say that when you love what you do, it’s not work and to stick with what you know. Bill gave back, he was a director for many organizations, California Beet Growers, Maine Prairie Water District, the Dixon Migrant Camp and many more. Bill served in the Army National Guard.
His son, Mark, joined him in the farming operation right out of college and runs the business today. They have grown from that one field of sugar beets to a few thousand acres in Solano County. They take pride in their crop production of different field, row and forage crops. They also raise cattle.
They started growing tomatoes for Pacific Producers in the early 1980’s and they are committed to meeting the high standards and expectations that PCP requires.