I am humbled and honoured to announce that I can now add MBE to my title! On Thursday 24th June I was awarded an MBE for services to farming, which I will wear with pride.
From a poverty-stricken member of the Windrush Generation living in inner city Birmingham, facing the racism and prejudice prevalent during my childhood in the ‘60s, to receiving an MBE… I truly cannot believe it.
It was an exceptional day at St James’ Palace with my daughter Scarlett- I felt like I had stepped back in time as the architecture is phenomenal and the building historic. From my 2 up 2 down terrace with my 9 siblings, to my tiny allotment in Brimingham, to my own farm in Devon, to St James’ Palace… it goes to show that dreaming big pays off.
But I shan’t stop there. It is my life’s mission to inspire people and to ensure that young people receive the opportunities I had. As Britain’s only Black farmer, I am passionate about taking action to address the lack of diversity in farming. My brand and motto ‘flavours without frontiers’ really sums up this philosophy – I feel at home on my farm and it is my hope that others can have the opportunity for the countryside to become a place they can also call home.