The farm is based on land adjacent to Cow Lane in the village of Laverstock, Salisbury. Initially on 63 acres of land adjoining the River Bourne, the farm has developed into a sustainable working farm, supported by staff and by volunteers.
The farm site was first occupied in January 2010 is managed by The River Bourne Community Farm C.I.C. (This is a 'Community Interest Company' designed specifically for those wishing to operate for the benefit of the community rather than for the benefit of the owners of the company).
The farm is being developed with new buildings being constructed from locally sourced materials, a recycled Dutch barn, livestock pens and paddocks and hedge planting and maintenance.
Some of the hedgerows have been re-laid with special attention paid to the habitats of the local wildlife; we have also made provisions of alternate habitats such as bee and bat boxes, a bog garden and an insect hotel. Permissive paths are maintained throughout the farm and the parish in the form of four accessible Nature & Art trails, these have been provided to encourage managed public access.
Education plays a large part of the farm, giving local schools and community groups access to the day-to-day work of the farm whilst stressing the sustainability and ecologically sound practices which are employed.
BTEC Courses are delivered four days a week currently, both on and off site, with students undertaking many day to day duties on the farm and learning about safe working practice, animal health and welfare and land management.
A traditional herd of Angus X cattle are grazed both on the water meadows and on a further 60 acres of local downland, Wiltshire Horn Sheep and Lohman Brown hens are resident at the farm as co operative arrangements, with the hens roaming free range in the orchard which was planted in 2011/12. Fresh eggs are sold in the farm shop. There are two resident breeding sows, ‘Rosie’ our Gloucester Old Spot and ‘Ella’ our Oxford Sandy Black, who both produce litters for pork which is sold through our farm shop, where other locally produced produce can also be found.
We have rare breed Golden Guernsey Goats which were hand reared and two Donkeys adopted from the Donkey Sanctuary.
The farm is actively supported by many local individuals and businesses both practically and financially along with other funding sources.