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Straight to the Farm

Photo from Only in Florida


Sure, lots of restaurants claim their food is fresh, but what could be fresher than enjoying farm-to-table cuisine while you’re still at the farm?

You can’t get more “farm-to-table” than at Buckingham Farms, a hydroponic farm that covers more than 50 acres in Fort Myers, where you’ll find both a charming country store and restaurant where almost every bite is grown on-site.  » Read more

How Well Do You Know SW FL?


Just how well do you know Southwest Florida?

If you’re an uberfan, then you’ll know exactly where this photo was taken …  in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, just a bit north of Sanibel.

Like Sanibel, there are no high rises or traffic lights.  In fact, there are only a couple of streets suitable for cars, and only one gas pump, so most people get around just fine on golf carts.  » Read more

Along the Caloosahatchee


Images of America: Along the Caloosahatchee River, written by Amy Bennett Williams, chronicles the life of the singular waterway that joins the heart of Southwest Florida to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.

Its description on reads:

Flowing 75 westerly miles from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, the historic Caloosahatchee River has always been critically important to the region it traverses.  » Read more

Enjoying An Outdoor Classroom


How fun it must be to grow up on Sanibel Island!

Throughout the school year, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation works with our local elementary school to arrange environmental educational field trips for students.

For example, fourth-graders from The Sanibel School recently headed to the SCCF Nature Center on Sanibel-Captiva Road to explore the nature trails and practice using their senses on a sensory awareness scavenger hunt.  » Read more

Wildlife Lovers’ Paradise

Photo of Virginia opossum being treated at CROW by Sam Pazzano of the Toronto Sun


A recent article in the “Toronto Sun” showcased our friends at C.R.O.W.  It started:

“If you want to embrace wildlife as the locals do, you’ve come to the ideal spot on this southwestern Florida island.

Locals save wounded wildlife from owls to raccoons,  » Read more

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