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
On the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm we meet at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre. 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 £1 per person 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.
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.
We held our first indoor meeting since March 2020 at the Tanardy Lodge in Carmarthen on Wednesday 13 October. Attended by some 25 members it was a great opportunity to meet up with each other and talk through many issues that the enforced break had brought into focus. In particular we discussed issues relating to communications and a significant outcome was the desire to set up a Whats App group. The Committee will be taking this forward shortly so look out for further information in the next Newsletter.