Pioneer Farm: The Wild Farm
The Wild Farm is located in the village of Gorno Pole in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria.
This family-run farm is managed by Blagovesta (Betty) and Nikolay Vasilevs.
The family raises some 500 heads of cattle from two local breeds –the Rhodope gray and the Rhodope shorthorn cattle (both protected breeds). They also have sheep, horses and bee hives.This is how Betty and Nikolay managed to turn the Wild Farm in a beautiful oasis of the wilderness. A few years of hard work later the family managed to buy two rare local breeds – the Rhodope gray and the Rhodope shorthorn cattle. These traditional breeds are unique animals, which are adapted for permanent pasture breeding. Due to wrongful policies in the past this particular breeds are threatened with extinction and the Vasilevs have taken over the hard task of becoming their guardians. In the Wild Farm cattle are grazing freely throughout the year. To protect the cattle from wolf attacks Betty and Nikolay also have a dozen Karakachan dogs. Karakachan dogs are famous for their skill in providing the best protection against wolf attacks and they have been used by herd’s men for centuries.
The Wild Farm also offers a lovely guest house where Betty and Nikolay accommodate their visitors. Betty and Nikolay greet their guest with delicious local food prepared with the farm’s own organic produce and a number of amazing activities such as horseback riding in the mountain, or long hikes in search for honey from wild bees.