Blackwoods was founded in June 2013 by David Holton, Rory Holwerda and Cameron Rowan. Shortly after, Tim Jarvis joined the team.
Our dairy is based 50m from our milk source, Commonwork Organic farm in Kent. We use raw, unpasteurised, milk which we collect as the cows are being milked. The herd consists of a mix of Friesian x Holsteins, Swedish Red and Montebeliard.
Dave began making cheese in 2006 when he undertook a cheese making traineeship at the Yarra Valley Dairy in Australia.
In 2010 Dave came to London to work for Neal’s Yard Dairy for 10 days as a Christmas temp in Covent Garden. Continuing at NYD after Christmas and for a further 5 years, Dave worked throughout the company, spending the majority of his time in the maturation department. Here Dave worked very closely with some of Britain's finest farmhouse cheesemakers.
Dave has also undertaken an internship with Mons affineurs in France and worked for Mary Holbrook on Sleight farm in Somerset.
Tim began his career in the cheese industry in 2012, working for Neals Yard Dairy as a wholesale cheese monger. In 2013, he joined Blackwoods as a retail monger at our market stalls and now manges our retail space Borough Market.
Rory has now moved to Canada but still plays an active role within the business as Finacial Director.
Cam has moved back to Australia and is now Executive cheese maker at Miliwa dairy.