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New Banc Web Shop

Our new shop front is open for orders - and its MUCH easier to use!

If you have ordered with us recently, Martin will have set up an account for you already on Open Food network.

You will need to activate this account as described here:

Go to https://openfoodnetwork.org.uk/banc-organic-members/shop,
Go to ‘log in ’towards the top right hand side of the screen or under the ‘menu’ icon on your mobile device, a box will come up. This email address is your username for the new shop. In order to get a password you will need to verify your email address first.
Select sign up and enter your email it will send a verification email and you will need to click the link it sends you.
After this you need to select ‘reset your password’, to reset your password, then log in. The account has been set up with your details, please check these and add any missing information.

From your account, you will be able to stop and start your order, order other items, and so on.

Its easier than it sounds, please email if having problems.

Welcome to Banc Organics!

Banc Organics is a not-for-profit community supported food scheme which grows Organic* vegetables and fruit in Bancffosfelen and distributes them in the Gwendraeth valleys. Our members get a weekly Organic fruit and veg bag delivered to a pick up point near their home. Much of our work is done by volunteers, and we encourage our members to get involved in growing their food, as well as getting to know each other.

We are a small group of people who want to provide fresh, Organic, local food for ourselves, our families and our communities.We are now in our seventh year of producing vegetables and fruit from our two growing sites in Bancffosfelen. Most of the hard work so far has been done by dedicated volunteers, though we hope to eventually pay our main workers for more of their time.

The idea is that our members tell us what they’d like us to grow and we grow it for them. Our members commit to buying the produce in a weekly vegetable bag and we commit to supplying a great value bag of fresh Organic vegetables every week all year round.

∗ Our produce is registered Organic with the [Biodynamic Association]

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In This Week's Bag

Saturday June 8th

Appalling weather isn’t helping with the growing at all, most of the crops are coming on very slowly and I can't get on with the masses of work that there is in the field. I hope it stops soon or we will be behind with the planting out, swamped with weeds and invaded by slugs. On that subject when the weather is like this it is impossible to keep all the slugs out of the leafy crops so check your lettuces and cabbages; we do our best but that is limited under these conditions. A pity because they are the one class of crop that has been doing really well with us.

Another piece of bad news, old potatoes have run out, they are no longer available from the wholesaler, last year’s drought I think effected the harvest. New season Pembrokeshire potatoes are coming through but are very expensive at the moment. Our own will be coming through soon, I’ll do a test dig as soon as it stops raining but I suspect they will need another week. So for now it’s short rations on the potatoes in the bags.

So next weeks bags will probably contain among other things, broad beans, lettuce, rainbow chard (which is really nice and tender as the new crop comes through), we will be using our own carrots and onions for the time being as I have a good crop of both. We’ll have to buy in a few items, maybe peppers, cucumber or beetroot.

A few new imported items grapes and squashes back after a relatively long absence but quite expensive I’m afraid.

Let’s hope the weather improves as I have a lot of great crops that will be come on fast when it does - new beetroot, French beans, tomatoes, kale, and new potatoes could all come in the next two or three weeks.

Please remember the order deadline is 8pm on Tuesday evening and I can’t put late orders through.

ORGANIC BEEF FROM THE GWENDRAETH VALLEY

Tyr Eithin also currently have packs of beef available - approximately 10kg in a range of cuts, vacuum packed and freezer ready. Price ₤10.25/kg
Please contact Tony or Sue Mathews 01269 870720 or 07792 381168 to ask for delivery.

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Contact Us

  • Banc Organics bancorganics@gmail.com 01269 870101
  • Martin Samphire 07530 786838
  • You may also contact us through our Facebook page.

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How It Works

The scheme runs all year round. Nearly all of the produce is grown in Bancffosfelen, although we do buy in some organic vegetables if the need arises.

  1. Large Bag: £16.50, Medium Bag: £12.25, Small Bag: £9, Large Growers Choice Bag £13.50, Small Growers Choice bag £8, Delivery £1.75, and lastly your can choose and fill your own bag with your favourites via our online Bucky Box Shop.
  2. If you become a member, pay an annual fee of £10 and receive a 5% discount on all bags.
  3. If you want to join but can’t afford it, please talk to us. Some households may also be eligible for vouchers towards the cost of fresh vegetables. ( www.healthystart.nhs.uk )
  4. You can exclude items you never want to receive.
  5. The weekly bags are taken to “Pick up” points called Hubs near to where you live in Carmarthenshire
  6. Visit our online shop to see our range of produce.
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Management

Day-to-day management of Banc Organics is in the hands of a core group of interested people. They are:

  • Martin Samphire (Top Meadow)
  • Sue and Tony Mathews (Ty’r Eithin Farm)
  • Sian Barlow
  • Sue Bilsborough

The overall management of Banc Organics is through Ty’r Eithin Farm Ltd, a charitable company, based at Tireithin Farm, Bancffosfelen, SA15 5BR.

  • Charity no: 513880
  • Company no: 1729874
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What We Ask of You

  • We ask you to support us by paying through a Standing Order with your bank. This makes our lives much easier.
  • If you are going to be away, we ask you to do your best to find a friend or neighbour who will have your bag of vegetables.
  • We ask for notice of your Membership ending or for changing the size of your bag or your preferences.

Terms and Conditions

If you have trouble with payments please talk to us.

Where you pay by cash or cheque we cannot make any guarantee as to when this will be paid into our account.

We reserve the right to refuse deliveries to you and to cancel your account where payment(s) have been withheld. You agree to compensate us in full for all reasonable costs and expenses (including legal costs) in obtaining payments that have not been made in accordance with these terms and conditions.

[14 July 2017]We have acquired some land that is currently in the process of conversion to attain Biodynamic standards. While the produce cannot be certified Organic, we will at no time be using chemicals to grow our fruit and vegetables.

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You Can Join In

Volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to take part, for as little or as much time as you can spare, here is some information about getting involved. If you'd like to find out more get in touch by clicking here and phone or email us.

We hold regular “Farm Days” (about once per month), where members are encouraged to come to one of our growing sites and see what is involved in growing their food. We also hold social events for our members and the local community.

Every Tuesday morning we meet to garden and work (Sian in the office; Sue and Martin in the garden). Midway through the morning we stop for elevenses, including from time to time treats brought in by volunteers.

We provide a newsletter for members, keeping you up-to-date about the garden and events, and giving recipe ideas for your vegetables.

We host an annual Harvest Supper where we meet to share food and inspiration. This is also an opportunity for members to feedback about what we should grow next year and how Banc Organics develops in the future.

We encourage help and involvement from members, but there is no obligation. You can learn to grow food by joining in our Tuesday morning volunteer sessions. Or you can help with distribution or administration, or organising fun events, or just by sharing favourite recipes. Out of pocket expenses such as travel costs can be reimbursed.

We welcome comments and suggestions from members. Please discuss any ideas or concerns you have with a core group member who will pass them on. Anyone who can commit a little time can join the core group.

Every second Tuesday evening (between 8pm and 10pm normally) the core group meets. We would love some reps from our volunteers and members to join, so if you're interested please let me know.

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