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New Banc Web Shop

Banc Organics has been searching for better web-shop and box management software for ages. We are pleased to announce that in April we will be moving to a new software system for ordering and box mangement.
This will mean changes to how you can order, manage and pay for your veg.

In April we will be switching to the Open Food Network, and if you are a current or recent customer or Banc Organics a new account will be created for you on the Open Food Network website.

We hope these changes will make it easier for you to use our web-shop, and allow us to improve our service and range of products we offer. There will be no change to the core of what we do, growing high quality organic food and distributing it and other organic produce to the local area at a reasonable price.

You can read more about the coming changes in this pdf file.

Meeting

There will be a meeting on

March 20th
at
7pm
in
Pontiets Hall

for those interested in finding out more and talking about the future of the scheme.

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

Sunday March 17th

Spring is here!

This is Paddy, the latest addition to our family having his first drink!

A magical moment - and we are just as proud and happy as Beatrice, his Mum!

Cows have a gestation period of 9 months, same as us, so its been a long old wait through the winter months. He's taking his first steps now, but within a few weeks he will be out at grass - and that's a long job, well done!

Meanwhile the vegetable world is a busy one - new life springs vibrantly....the baby plants are thriving, this week will see a lot of sowing and planting out, as the land dries out after Storm Gareth.

Sadly, we have to remove plants to make room for the new ones, so we have only a little salad this week; (still plenty of watercress). By next week we may be having to buy in some lettuces to see us through the hungry gap.

Crown Prince squash have also been a mainstay, but they are now finishing - only a couple left.

Bought in onions will be changing over;  Once the current stocks are used up we will have imported Egyptian onions - which will keep us going until new season crops are available. - our lovely home grown  leeks are still going strong though - thanks to our canny gardener Martin choosing long lived varieties that last well into spring!

We also have new fruit choices - South American Williams pears - and for a luxury treat Spanish Strawberries

Our bags will contain potatoes, onions, carrots and a selection from parsnips, leeks , watercress, garlic and herbs, broccoli, spinach, sprouting kale or sprouting cabbage greens,  courgettes,  or spring onions; and maybe cauliflower, swedes, white cabbage or celery.

Sadly we will not for the foreseeable future be offering  bread.

IF YOU CAN MAKE IT TO OUR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. 7pm PONTIETS HALL; PLEASE COME AND TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE AND HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE US DEVELOPE!
-Cakes & tea supplied.

Please remember to order by midnight on Tuesday; and return all bags and punnets for re-use.

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ORGANIC BEEF FROM THE GWENDRAETH VALLEY

Our cattle are Welsh black or Welsh Black crosses, individually named, known and petted! All are born and bred at Ty’r Eithin where they graze our flower rich meadows.. For the last three years we have also grazed on the common at Mynydd Llangyndeyrn.

These animals grow slowly, eating a varied and natural diet; our meat is hung for 3 weeks to develop the flavour. It is now official,that organic meat contains 50% more beneficial omega fatty acids than non-organic. (British Journal of Nutrition).
It tastes amazing, we believe you cannot get better meat!

We have 10kg packs available from time to time. All vacuum packed , clearly labelled, delivered and ready for the freezer, in a complete range of available cuts including steaks, roasts, stewing, slow roasts etc.

Price per pack delivered is £9.90 /kg.

Half packs may be available, please ask.

To order please ring Tony or Sue Mathews, 01269 870720
Email tyreithin@gmail.com

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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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