About me

A private and picturesque getaway

“Scarlett’s Barn is a little slice of paradise on my lovely farm in Devon where I have created a home-away-from-home for my customers. Secluded and peaceful, it’s surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery the British countryside has to offer, with amazing views and stunning sunsets. There’s room for a family of four or a group of friends across two bedrooms with a shared bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, comfortable living/dining room and downstairs cloakroom. With the sights of both Devon and Cornwall on the doorstep, as well as spectacular beaches with excellent surf and great walks, its location is hard to beat, too.

Email michaela@theblackfarmer.com to make a booking.


In my years of recovery after Leukaemia, it gave me some time to reflect on my life and the lessons I have learned as a businessman and entrepreneur – and to look at those things I could pass on to others to help them on their journey.

The result was my book Jeopardy – The Danger of Playing it Safe. In it I argue that our natural instinct for caution is one of the greatest barriers to making progress in life, and shows how embracing jeopardy is essential if you want to succeed.

Drawing on a life that has taken me from a deprived childhood in inner-city Birmingham to becoming one of the nation’s most famous farmers, I demonstrate how we can all go further in life by learning to escape the fears that stop us from achieving our ambitions.

In this book, I hope to show that only by embracing jeopardy, and liberating ourselves from the shackles of uncertainty and self-doubt, can we realise our full potential.

What could you achieve, if you decided to stop letting fear hold you back?

The Royal Agricultural University

I have one mission and that is to help invigorate and inspire the next generation of British farmers, to encourage diversity to the industry, and to strengthen what I see as the backbone of British society.

So to be invited to join RAU’s Governing Council is a huge honour for me. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with the University on several initiatives previously, including the Young City Farmers Scheme, which has given me the opportunity to help shape the pathways and passions of future British farmers.

As one of Britain’s only black farmers, my role as Governor will allow me to bring more diversity to the British agricultural industry but also to attract new, fresh blood to it. Our farmers are the lifeblood of British agriculture and I’m fiercely passionate about educating and attracting young people to the industry.

Honorary Degrees

It is with great pride that in 2021 I was awarded an Honorary Degree for Distinction in the Farming Industry from Writtle Agricultural College in Essex. I hope that through this award it will inspire others considering a career in agriculture to go for it. I want to encourage those who are not from a traditional farming background to get involved in farming and find themselves a rewarding career.

Back in 2012 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Marketing by Plymouth University in Devon, UK.