We had lunch one day last week at Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm here in rural North Fort Myers. The lunch and tour were sponsored by the local newspaper and only people they call "insiders" were eligible to buy tickets. ("Insiders" meaning people who subscribe to the paper -- unfortunately nowadays that is a more exclusive group than it used to be. But not all that special!). Everything at the lunch was grown or raised on the farm.
Rosy Tomorrows is a 100 acre sustainable farm. All of the animals are pastured and nourished on grass. No steroids or antibiotics are ever used. The owner has chosen breeds that are slow-growing and that do well in the hot Florida conditions.
Rosy's website says "All our animals are slow-growing and are raised organically, holistically, sustainably, humanely, and as close to nature as possible."
She said that the donkeys came with the 100-Acre Farm when they bought it. They headed right over to all the people taking their pictures -- hoping for a handout.
All of the animals seemed happy in their generous pastures.
I didn't get as many pictures as I'd hoped to on this tour -- there were about 80 "insiders" and it was hard to get good shots. It was also hard to hear everything Rosy was saying. We would like to go back sometime next year on one of the days when the Farm is open to the public so that we can wander about on our own.