Special Days at Fantasy Farms

The annual Open House at Fantasy Farms Animal Preserve, a non-profit 501(c)3 on Roscoe Boulevard, hosted about 250 happy smiling friends on a perfect day. It was fun to watch children and adults greeting the animals and birds in the bucolic setting in Ponte Vedra Beach. Beamer, the white horse, nuzzled the visitors. Kathy of Kathy’s Creative Gardens, talked about and showed the best plants for a butterfly garden. Ramon Jiminez, Vice President of Operations, led the groups to see the antique cars in the barn and Eeyore, the donkey, brayed to the crowd. Peacocks wandered around, displaying their gorgeous tails, and the cockatoos and parrots welcomed everyone.

When the Landrum Middle School Best Buddies, under the direction of Sarah Newsome and her assistants, arrived for an outing on Friday, January 12, “the animals sensed the children,” according to Ramon, and came to greet them. Ring-tail Lemurs, goats, silkie chickens, colorful parrots and especially Beamer and his companion Angie, the miniature horse, were all preening for them. Lulu, the Umbrella cockatoo, made lots of noise and climbed up and down her cage in excitement as the children encouraged her to talk. Everyone settled in at Roscoe’s, the party house filled with toys like dolphins and a shark hanging from the ceiling, a gorilla at the entrance and antique toys inside, and filled up on pizzas for lunch.

You can become a Friend of the Farm or come to the next fundraiser to support the Preserve on Saturday, April 6, 2019.