Kitty Holtz, president of Delaware Farm Bureau, grew up “a country girl” — not on a farm but surrounded by farms. Her husband, David, on the other hand, always farmed. He grew up on a farm in New Jersey. They met in the summer of 1967 which prompted him to decide to move to Delaware in 1968. It was nearly 50 years ago that they married and struck out on their own in the farming business.
“Over the years, we’ve felt proud of the fact that we were able to start with nothing, save every penny we could to build and pay for our farm. There were some tough years with a young family – but we did it.” Their current home farm between Clayton and Kenton is 250 acres. They lease another 1,450 acres throughout Kent County.
“We grow grain — corn, soybeans and wheat. Most of the corn and soybeans go to feed the poultry industry,” Kitty said, adding that even if every single acre of farmland in Delaware were planted in corn there wouldn’t be enough to supply the industry.
Both Dave and Kitty are still very actively farming. Dave and Kitty have three children, Cherie, Craig and Brent. Their youngest son, Brent, is a partner in the farm operation. A nephew, Lucas Holtz, works full time for the operation. Chris Bergold (Cherie’s husband), Ruby Holtz (Brent’s wife), and two grandchildren, Jessica Bergold and Tucker Holtz, complete the family. All members of the family have been known to jump in and help in a pinch.
The Holtzes have been Farm Bureau members since 1976. Dave has served as Kent County Director since 1987. Kitty, who retired as an Administrative Officer for the Delaware Department of Corrections after 20 years, has also been active in service to Farm Bureau. She served as the Kent County Women’s Committee Chair for eight years; State Women’s Committee Chair for one year; and served on both county and state boards. She served as Kent County Farm Bureau President for two years before being elected the president of the Delaware State Farm Bureau.
The Holtz family was honored as the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year for 2008, after winning the Kent County Farm Family of the Year award.