Empress Zaria, aka Karen Francis-Winston, holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Florida and currently serves as the Director of Education at Green Zone Farms. The Empress, a 15 year veteran educator turned farmer uses her background in education and farming to help teachers and children unravel the mysteries of the scientific process inherent in gardening/farming. Empress Zaria documents her farming exploits via a weekly Blog on the Blackfarmersenterprise.com, Floridablackfarmers.org and a bi-monthly Vlog on her YouTube Channel. You cansubscribe to the channel or contact the Empress at Rastafarmi@gmail.com

Green Zone Farms is a Demonstration Farm and Agricultural Retreat located in Summerfield, Florida. In addition to hosting bi-weekly educational farming workshops for children, Green Zone Farms provide agricultural and environmental professional development trainings for families, teachers and school officials throughout Florida.​

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