Michael was working on the day of Alex’s birthday, this year, so we decided that we would use the day before to celebrate and bring him where ever he wanted to go. We had been discussing the possibility of going to Paphos Zoo, but after reading some of the reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided that we would try somewhere else. I had heard of Riverland Bio Farm many times from friends and it always got great reviews. I have long wanted to bring A&E so that they could see a working farm (something that isn’t too common along the coast here).
Riverland Bio Farm is an organic farm located on the outskirts of Kampia village in Nicosia. It was founded in 2004 and has been operating under the guidance of the European regulations for organic farming since. Not only do the animals get organic feed, but they also get the opportunity to roam and fed in organic certified fields.
What struck me the most about the farm was just how clean it was and how well the animals are kept. The enclosures are very clean and all the animals appear to be healthy and used to having many humans coming to see them every day. The farm has all the animals you would typically associate with a farm, including sheep, pigs, cows, chickens and goats.
Alex and Emma were absolutely fascinated with the animals. At each enclosure they would have a huge chat about the ‘mummy and daddy’ and where the ‘children’ were. Emma was particularly interested in the mama pig who was being hounded by her piglet for some boobie juice!
We definitely picked the best time of year to visit the farm as there were plenty of newborn animals and we were lucky enough to see a goat who was still contracting as she cleaned up her kids who has been born less than an hour before we arrived.
The farmer was exceptionally accommodating to us all, and in particular to Alex and Emma. As we were walking through the milking shed, he offered Alex and Emma the opportunity to feed an orphaned lamb. Alex absolutely jumped at the opportunity and when Emma saw just how much fun Alex was having, she joined in too!
Things to know about Riverland Bio Farm
The farm is in the middle of nowhere. Goggle maps will take you straight to the village of Kampia and the farm is signposted from there.
Entrance to the farm is free. All activities (including the rock climbing wall and pony rides) are free.
There is a small cafe by the play area that sells produce that has been made on the farm. Try the halloumi sandwiches – they are amazing! Everything is reasonably priced. Especially considering it is organic.
Riverland sells kefir, yoghurt, milk, eggs, halloumi and wildflower honey. Supermarkets throughout Cyprus stock their produce which means that you don’t have to drive all the way back to the farm just to get their delicious halloumi!
You can find their Facebook page here