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]Return to top
In This Week's Bag
Saturday June 29th
Different weather! - here is top meadow, and the plants basking in the clouds and rain!
Actually we were well pleased as everything was so dry, and many of the crops really needed the extra water; the only trouble is that the moisture has encouraged the slugs to the surface of the soil. (Eggs in their thousands lie beneath the soil as well as the slugs themselves, they only surface when the conditions are right) They do a really important job in the garden as they eat and help to decompose all the unhealthy plants and plant material in the area and they also provide food for a variety of creatures including some insects, toads, slow worms, earthworms, hedgehogs and birds, including the lovely song thrush.
We are very careful and don’t use metaldehyde slug pellets which can harm other animals; we do use pellets made from ferric phosphate to protect the seedbeds and young plants; these pellets do not harm other animals if they eat them, nor do they harm any creatures that eat the slugs; following organic regulations we only use these sparingly so as not to alter the soil mineral balance. Our strategy is to protect the young plants, and accept that in wet times some of the slugs do get to some of the older ones. Sorry! The problem comes because the crafty slugs decide it would be a comfortable and cosy home inside the folds of the cabbages; no need to shuffle back underground - win, win, win! safety, plus home comforts plus easy snacking! We do our best to remove the slugs, before they reach the packing shed; however sometimes they get away from us and into your veg bags..sorry I apologise if that is difficult, however their presence is an indicator of organic methods being used; and we are very happy to have a healthy song thrush family on the farm!
We have started to dig a new row of potatoes. These red beauties are called Sarpo Una. They belong to a family of potatoes bred in Hungary which have natural resistance to potato blight: the plants are strong and healthy at the moment. They are quite a high dry matter potato with a floury texture, good for baking, and for potato salads. The kohlrabi have finished for the moment, though more will come later. We are offering more varieties of beetroot, including golden beet; very sweet and yummy mixed into stews, and speciality chioggia beet which are beautifully patterned inside.
Bags will contain a good mix of home grown produce including potatoes, onions, carrots, and a selection from French beans, calabrese or broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, courgettes, cucumber, tomatoes, aubergines, spring onions,or rainbow chard, maybe even runner beans.
Please remember to place orders by 8pm on Tuesday for Friday delivery.
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.
- Banc Organics firstname.lastname@example.org 01269 870101
- Martin Samphire 07530 786838
- You may also contact us through our Facebook page.
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.
- 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.
- If you become a member, pay an annual fee of £10 and receive a 5% discount on all bags.
- 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 )
- You can exclude items you never want to receive.
- The weekly bags are taken to “Pick up” points called Hubs near to where you live in Carmarthenshire
- Visit our online shop to see our range of produce.
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
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.Return to top
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.Return to top