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5 Years ago, the farm was an overgrown rubbish-strewn piece of land.

See a summary of what we've done here.

Where is the farm ??
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Cow Lane, Laverstock,
Salisbury SP1 2SR

Farm Shop

Click above for the Farm Shop  opening hours


What's in the Farm Shop?

Click to see the range of local products available from our farm shop.

Farm Weather

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IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FARM – FUNDING FROM THE SOUTHERN AREA BOARD
 
The farm shop & cafe at River Bourne Community Farm has a new outdoor seating area thanks to the Southern Area Board. Currently housed in a portacabin where seating is minimal the shop/cafe was finding it difficult to accommodate the increasing number of visitors to the farm. The farm is an important meeting and information point for organisations, families and individuals who wish to discover local walks, take part in the farm’s flora and fauna recording survey or visit the farm animals. 
 
The shop/cafe is where leaflets for the Parish’s four nature trails can be found. The Meadow and Downs Nature Trail leads directly from the farm to a nature field in Laverstock on which the farm has Natural England Higher Level Stewardship and from there to Laverstock Downs, a site of special scientific interest. 
Now in its fifth year the community farm continues to flourish and grow, engaging the community in sustainable farming and care of the environment. The addition of an outdoor covered seating area means the farm is able to welcome and accommodate many more visitors during 2015. 
The farm is also grateful to the Southern Area Board for providing funding to refurbish the large barn and create an attractive space for community events such as barn dances and hirings by the local community.   
These improvements will greatly enhance the community’s experience of the farm and the farm will benefit from increased revenue, enabling it to move even closer to financial sustainability.



We've added two heifer calves to our cattle herd.
Not long weaned, they'll be spending some time in our stock pens before going out onto the watermeadows.
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Volunteer Opportunities...

The farm has a number of volunteer opportunities. Want to get involved?


Looking after and training our Donkeys

We are looking for volunteers to groom our donkeys and hoof pick their feet on a regular basis. We would also like to improve the donkeys' social skills and would want them to be haltered and walked and perhaps even ridden at some stage. Experience with donkeys and/or horses is essential.
Farm Leaders
We are looking for Farm Leaders with a few hours to spare a week to lead school parties (mainly primary schools) and community groups such as brownies and scouts around the farm. Visits are usually in the morning for around 2.5 hours and involve 3 or 4 farm leaders. Training will be given.
Farm Shop/Cafe
At the moment our shop sells our own free-range eggs and honey and stocks a range of local produce. On the cafe side we currently provide tea, coffee, snacks and lunches. We require volunteers able to cover one or two days or half days a week and occasional Saturday mornings. Shop staff should be cheerful, confident and numerate and able to work independently. We would prefer those with experience in retail. Hrs: 9am – 4.30pm or by arrangement.
Handy Persons
Are you a builder or carpenter or other tradesperson with a bit of time to spare or retired and looking for something to do? The farm is always in need of people who can be called on to come and help with building projects and we would love your help!  

For further details or to arrange a meeting please contact Jane Wilkinson on 01722 330667 or email janewilkinson@riverbournecommunityfarm.org.uk
www.riverbournecommunityfarm.org.uk
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Visiting the Farm
River Bourne Community Farm is open from 9am - 4pm Tuesday – Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays and we are very happy to receive visitors. Entry is free for everyone and we very much hope you have an enjoyable time. Upkeep for the animals costs around £4,000 each year so we are always very grateful to receive donations to the farm.










Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme

We now have CEVAS accredited staff

Planning a wedding in the near future?
Looking for something a bit different in a unique setting?
The farm has hosted a number of weddings.
Click here for details.

See details about South Wiltshire Paths Group. what they are doing and how you can help.

Local Trails
See our trail guides for Laverstock & Hampton Park and Old Sarum.  
Enjoyable local country walks.

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