Antonio Testolin left Italy for America in 1901, eventually homesteading 120 acres in the Union District of Fallon in 1907. He cleared the sagebrush and turned the farm into a truck garden, raising fancy vegetables such as eggplant, celery, and cardone that he supplied to mining camps in western Nevada. He soon added poultry and eggs to his list of foods since fresh food was very scarce in the remote camps. Marrying his sweetheart in 1910, the garden grew and they began raising turkeys, beef, hogs, and dairy cows, and making cheese to feed their growing brood of seven children. In 2009, the Testolin Ranch was a recipient of the Nevada Centennial Award Ranch & Farm Award.


This entry is from the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program which recognizes agricultural families who have owned and operated the same land in Nevada for 100 years or more. Forty-seven families have now been inducted into the program that began in 2004. The awards program is sponsored by the Nevada Agriculture Plate funds, Farm Bureau, Agricultural Foundation, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Cattlemen’s Association and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program please visit