In the 1920’s Arnold Hildebrand moved from Switzerland to Kansas City, MO to work as a machinist with the Union Pacific Railroad. A few years later he married his sweetheart from back home, Rose. They then moved to Junction City, KS with the railroad. Wanting to earn more for their growing family, Arnold and Rose started a small hobby farm. On February 15, 1930 Arnold received a permit to sell milk in Junction City, KS. Remnants of the farm can still be seen from what is now Spring Valley Road. Arnold and Rose had seven children, six girls and one boy, Carl Hildebrand.
When Carl was in high school, Arnold and Rose purchased 120 acres further west of Junction City, on what is now Rucker Road. When Carl married in 1949, the farm was passed to him and his new wife Margaret. Carl and Margaret had four children: Karen, David, Alan and Wayne.
Their sons showed interest in continuing the legacy of the farm. So in 1975, Carl and Margaret took out a loan and built a new dairy barn, grain storage system and two new free stalls a quarter mile west of their homestead. Hildebrand Farms, Inc. was born.
Today, Hildebrand Farms, Inc. is owned and operated by David Hildebrand, his wife Kathy, Alan Hildebrand, and his wife Mary. Over the years, buildings have been added and land has been purchased with the goal to create a fully sustainable farm. Hildebrand Farms, Inc. produces most of the feed needed for their cows.
With the success of the farming and dairy operation, the idea of further expansion was discussed. In 2006, the Hildebrand Family began exploring the idea of an on-site bottling plant. After an extensive feasibility study, they moved forward with the on-site plant and in September, 2008 the plant was officially in action. Currently, Hildebrand Farms Dairy has seven varieties of milk in more than 120 stores throughout Kansas.
It all began with the idea of making a better life for our family with four milk cows, and the door-to-door selling of milk in glass bottles. It has now grown to an average of 150 cows and our milk sold in 120 stores throughout Kansas, once again, in glass bottles. It’s literally how our grandparents used to do it.