Zion in the Press

"Don't stop. Narrow your focus to one idea, and make it work. That will give birth to all of the others. All you can do is plant the seed and water it.

~Tyler Perry

November 10, 2021

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Orlando Sentinel

Black Farmers shut out of Florida Marijuana. Cronies Get in
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... Black farmer Ray Warthen of Minneola --- have been sidelined. "As Black farmers, we don't have the funding," Warthen recently told the...

November 5, 2021

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Orlando Sentinel

Florida Black Farmers Face Barriers in Medical Marijuana
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Ray Warthen, fifth-generation Black farmer, has his eye on Florida's burgeoningin $1 billion medical marijuana cash crop.

October 26, 2021

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WFTV 9

Black Farmers Face Uphilll Batle in Bid to Grow Medical Marijuana
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That means people like Ray Warthen are still shut out. "That's a big hill for us to climb as Black farmers acquiring the medical marijuana...

October 21, 2021

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WUSF News

Fried says the application rules for medical marijuana licenses are discriminatory
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December 11, 2020

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Bay News 9

Florida Farmers Tell of Overcoming Pandemic Obstacles in 2020
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Ray Warthen in Orlando has three different farms, each located in food deserts. Spectrum Bay News 9 took a trip to his newest farm located...

December 11, 2020

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My News 13

Orlando Farmer Handpicks Garden Produce After His Father Passes Away from Illness
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December 10, 2020

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Atlanta Black Star

‘Right on Their Block’: How a Florida Urban Farmer Uses Hip-Hop Music to Promote Healthy Eating to the Community
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Raymond “Ray” Warthen, 42, is the owner and creator of Infinite Zion Farms near downtown Orlando. He and his wife, Cherette, 38, started farming four years ago. Their mission is to make healthy eating accessible. Infinite Zion Farms is located in a food desert.

April 6, 2020

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WMFE

The City of Orlando is Growing Its Urban Farming Program As Demand for Food Rises During the Pandemic
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Ray Warthen founder of Infinite Zion Farms runs the South Street Farm. He says along with the education component, these community gardens are needed to feed residents. Warthen says during the pandemic, they distributed some 2,000 pounds of food to 100 residents.

May 22, 2018

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Orlando Sentinel

Apopka 'market on a farm' teaches as it feeds local folks
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Orlando Couple Ray and Cherette Warthen open non-profit Zion Farms and Market on a 20-acre property in March trying to bring locals...