Blackbird Farming

Farming Since 1920


About Us

Welcome to Blackbird Farming

About us

 The old blackbird brand logo previously used by G H Dean and Company Ltd was updated in 2013.  The Company now trades under the name of Blackbird Farming.

We farm 1326 hectares (ha) of combinable crops, with 170 ha of apple, pear, plum and cherry orchards. 1,600 breeding sheep graze 352 ha of grassland much of which is of environmental importance on the Swale Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Fruit is marketed by ABB Marketing Ltd our producer organisation supplying major supermarkets locally, nationally and internationally with our top quality produce. We have a strong presence in the wholesale market where our fruit is sold under the Blackbird Farming brand.  We are proud to be a member of Produced in Kent, a trade organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting local food, drink and craft businesses in Kent.

Our long held family and company values

  • Striving for the highest quality of animal husbandry and farming practices
  • Science-based innovation
  • Effective and efficient management with an emphasis on consultation and communication.
  • Encouragement and training of all staff to achieve their full potential
  • Safe and rewarding working conditions



LEAF is the leading organisation in promoting sustainable food and farming. In 2017 LEAF invited us to become a Demonstration Farm acknowledging our commitment to producing the best quality produce by farming efficiently, safely and with high standards of environmental and social responsibility.

Conservation and Innovation

We are committed to farming in an environmentally benign manner allowing wildlife to flourish through the creation of pollinator habitats; beetle banks, bee hotels, wildflower strips.  These ecological focus areas ensure that wildlife havens are established around the farm to maximise the potential of our crops.

Soil, sap and leaf samples are analysed for deficiencies. Nutrients are applied through irrigation tape minimising water loss and leaching.

Water efficiency has become increasingly important.  All our irrigation programmes are schedule using results from soil moisture probes, weather data and the ‘Grower’s eye’.

A cutting edge ‘rain shower’ hydro cooler takes the summer heat out of the cherries to improve storage quality and ensure our fruit reaches you in the best possible condition.

Apples and Pears are held in controlled atmosphere cold stores monitored by state of the art technology. The electricity used by the cold stores is is supplemented by a 300/Kwh roof top solar array.


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