About Us

Welcome To Dyfed Smallholders Association

Founded in 1986 we are one of the oldest smallholder groups in the UK, our membership covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and even further afield. People often assume that to join a Smallholders’ Society you have to be a knowledgeable, fully-functioning smallholder keeping a variety of different animals and be in possession of all the latest machinery and clothing to match. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Dyfed Smallholders Association is for anyone who is interested in the countryside; whether you’ve got 200 acres or a window box for salad there is lots that might interest you, see our  ‘A-Z Gallery’ page.

Some of the benefits of membership are:
♦  A chance to meet people who are interested in the same things as you are
♦  Our monthly newsletter
♦  Regular meetings featuring guest speakers
♦  Hosted events such as our summer farm visits
♦  Access to our help-lines
♦  Classified Ads

From September to May we meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm at Bancyfelin Village Hall. Usually there is a speaker on a subject that is generally related to smallholding, livestock, or crafts. These are a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded people for tips, information and for a chat. Admission to the meetings is free for members or £2 for non-members. You are welcome to come along to see us or sign-up on the door. Details of forthcoming meetings can be found on the Whats On page.

During the summer months we run a programme of farm visits and training events usually on a members holding.

Every year, we run a busy schedule of social events. These include specially arranged visits to sites and farm walks across our area. Other popular events are our Summer BBQ’s, Christmas gathering and New Year lunch.

If this sounds like it’s for you, you can join the Association easily by downloading and returning our membership form. You can find this on the ‘Join or Contact Us page.

Whats On

We are now at our new permanent base at Bancyfelin Village Hall for our Autumn/Winter meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from September through to May.

Our next meeting is on 14 December and will be our Christmas Social. All members are asked to bring a sweet and a savoury contribution to our communal food table. There will be a quiz and various other distractions during the evening.

The January 11 meeting will feature Tom Bailey – one of our members who happens also to be a vet – talking about poultry keeping  followed by a short presentation about a rewilding project that he and another member are involved with.

Sunday 5 February will see us returning to Carmarthen Golf Club for our “New Year” lunch.

Details of these events will be available to members through our monthly newsletter.