In Sicily, in the past, Donkeys were employed to do much hard labor for humans. They are hard workers! We learned in September, when we visited Etna Donkey Trekking, how gentle and friendly they can be too.
Farm on the north side of Mount Etna.
When we came upon this, it took my breath away. Earlier this month, when we visited the farm of sculptor Lorenzo Reina in the mountains of Sicily, they were drying their bounty of tomatoes in the sun, preserving them for use for the rest of the year.
In Sicily, farmers traditionally didn’t live “on the farm.” They lived in town (For centuries when bandits were a serious daily menace, it was much safer.), and each day, they traveled to “the country” to tend their gardens and livestock (In many places today, they still do.). Still, when “in campagna,” storage shacks offered shelter…