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St Mary's Eco-Church
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Level Land Larder
Committed to L.O.A.F.
Local, Organic, Animal-friendly and Fairly-traded food
Level Land Larder is a community pop-up and online 'larder' for the Isle of Wight to buy L.O.A.F. products at affordable prices through the Suma Wholesale Cooperative, and other local and ethical suppliers.
Having grown out of the ethos of the Eco Church movement in the Haven Benefice of churches, we aim to sell, swap and barter only fair-traded, locally-produced, organic, or donated items which will contribute to a zero waste or circular model of economics.
Thy Kingdom Come,
Thy will be done,
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
The Kingdom of God is manifest in beauty, justice and peace.
It is the love of neighbour and of ourselves.
It is visible in the natural world and in the communities in which we live.
Eco-Church brings the Kingdom of God on earth into the centre of our Sunday worship and takes us out into the world to be a blessing to our town. The heart of this focus follows Jesus in teaching simplicity of living, care for the poor and reverence for the natural world and it brings this wisdom to bare in our sharing with others who strive to make our town a place of well-being for all.
‘Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.’
St Mary's Community Garden
This is where we began our vision.
On 12 January 2020 we held a "No Dig Sunday" service at St Mary's starting and finishing outside the church hall, as we celebrated the beginning of the growing season and commenced work on our new Community Garden.
A Community Garden is a space offered for all for refreshment and sustenance.
The herbs and vegetables that are grown by volunteers are free for everyone to harvest; to pick a handful of mange tout as you are passing, to gather a few plums for your pudding or pinch some herbs for your stew.
In a world of bounded commodities a community garden offers a vision of generosity; of the gifts of Gods creation freely given, of the time of volunteers lovingly offered and of course beauty to refresh and learning skill in growing.
Working with the ‘Grub Club’ based at the Brading Community Partnership, the ‘Modern Kitchen Garden’ market gardeners and with volunteers from around the parish, the garden was established using the principles of permaculture and a no dig method of cultivation.