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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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Banc Organics entering a period of change.

We are relocating Banc Organics from Tir Eithin and so there will be a short pause in the new year in order to relaunch our scheme and relocate.

Our plan is to keep our Open Food Network shopfront and subscriptions with the new company so you should not need to register or set up new subscriptions. However we will have to open a new bank account. It is therefore vital that everyone paying by standing order or paypal stop these after the 20th Dec.

We will issue statements to those whose account balances are not zero and hopefully get these settled before the change-over. Any liabilities will be transferred from Tir Eithin Farm Ltd. to the new Community Interest Company. When paying the new company, you will need to set up payments again and we will advise you closer to the time.

We propose to transfer all the data and accounts to our new company as it is really the same organisation under a new structure. IN LINE WITH OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK AFTER YOUR DATA WE WILL NOT DO THIS FOR ANYONE WHO OBJECTS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU DO NOT WANT US TO TRANSFER YOUR ACCOUNT AND DATA TO THE NEW ORGANISATION AND WE WILL NOT TRANSFER YOUR DATA. You can contact us by email.

6th December 2019

Ten years ago Banc Organics was launched by an small group of idealistic gardeners. We wanted to grow healthy food for our local community, to grow food whilst caring for the environment and nature and to involve people in the endeavour and contribute to our community. We didn’t have much experience growing food on a large scale and even less of running a business. We have had a lot of successes and grown a lot of lovely healthy food and become very good organic growers. We have also struggled to grow the scheme and make the impact we wished to.

Due to a change in circumstance our parent organisation is closing and we are having to relaunch on a tight schedule. This has presented us with some large challenges. However it has given the opportunity to reorganise and use all the lessons we have learned over the last 10 years to make a more dynamic and better organised social enterprise. We will be aiming to be more focused on our core aims and business. We will be aiming to dramatically increase the size of the scheme, be more engaged and responsive to environmental issues and a better employer for our dedicated, skilled workers.

We will be holding a launch event and signing up members of the Community Interest Company that we are forming in the new year. These members will then vote on representatives onto our governing board and make decisions about the organisation at the AGM.

We are looking for people to put themselves forward as directors of the new company. 3 members of our current core group are signing up as founding directors but we can have up to 10. We are particularly interested in people who have some experience in business (even better if this is social enterprise/cooperative) and marketing (hopefully food/organics). Equally enthusiasm, common sense and understanding of and connections with relevant fields (environment, food, farming and our local area) would all be valuable to us. This role would be to provide guidance and governance/oversight of the scheme’s management, but not involve day-to-day running of the business, we envisage 4 to 6 meetings a year. Expenses could be claimed for costs of attendance at meetings and other directors business.

If you are interested please message, email (bancorganics@gmail.com) or phone me (07815486193) for a chat about what it might involve.

Mae'n ddrwg gen i nad yw fy Gymraeg yn ddigon da i gyfieithu'r neges gyfan hon.

Hoffech chi helpu i adeiladu ein menter newydd?

Any questions please ask.
Email us bancorganics@gmail.com or phone martin 07815486193.

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In This Week's Bag

Sunday December 1st

Banc Organics is relocating, please read our notes above for information.

Next veg bags: Standard bag will probably contain the usual potatoes, carrots, onions and leeks, salad bags (our leafy salads are very good at the moment), chard, red cabbages, kale (probably the dark ‘cavelo nero’ type. We might have a bit of our brocolli and spinach but these are coming slowly now so we may also buy in celeriac and calabrese.

Next week we will sort out details of our special Christmas bags that we will offer for the last deliveries of the year on the 20th December.

Mae’n ddrwg genni, dw i ddim yn mynd i gyfieithu gweddill y neges hon nid yw fy Nghymraeg yn ddigon da ac mae ganddi wybodaeth bwysig.

We will be making deliveries as normal until Friday 20th December. As we normally do we will be closing down over Christmas, but this year as we have to set up a new company and move to a new premises we are going to pause deliveries for a month. The plan is to restart deliveries on the 7th of February.

Orders for Friday’s deliveries in by 8pm on Tuesday please.

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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