Pioneering farmer accepts honorary degree from Writtle University College

May 2022

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Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, creator of 'The Black Farmer' brand, has been presented with an honorary degree by Writtle University College in Essex.

The award celebrates Wilfred's impressive contributions to the agricultural sector. He said: "It is such an honour to have my work recognised in this way. It is my mission to encourage more youth and diversity into farming and agriculture, so to be able to work with Writtle University College on these exciting initiatives is tremendously exciting."

At the age of 40, Wilfred fulfilled a life-long dream when he purchased a small farm on Devon/Cornwall border. His products offer 'flavour without frontiers' and include meat, drinks, deli and barbecue items and much more.

A tireless campaigner on rural issues, Wilfred supports justice for small producers. He also champions scholarships that allow young people from inner city areas to experience life in the countryside. In 2020, he was awarded an MBE for services to British farming

Wilfred now aims to develop a number of new initiatives with Writtle University College, including the creation of a new scholarship and the introduction of a residential camp for young black people wishing to learn more about courses leading to job opportunities within agriculture.

Writtle University College's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton, said: "We were delighted to present Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones with an honorary degree. He is an inspiration to our students and has made vital contributions to the UK agriculture and food sectors. The University College looks forward to working with Wilfred to shape the future of the land-based sectors."