This Fisherman's Wife cafe with tomato plants in raised beds.

This Fisherman’s Wife cafe with tomato plants in raised beds.

A smaller, but stalwart group met at WHRL on June 24 to nail down the next steps to bring a few raised beds to down town Milbridge. Thanks to generous donations of materials, we have what we need to install these larger beds. We just need to figure out the logistics of cutting and moving the timbers, assembling the beds, preparing the soil and planting.

So far, we have 3 confirmed locations for raised beds! Our goal is to get these planted in the next couple weeks:

  • Milbridge Congregational Church
  • Mano En Mano
  • Luna Midwifery office & Sol Yoga Studio

And we chose a logo!! created by volunteer artist, Kathy Gearhardt. We plan to have two sizes printed so that every container garden and every larger raised bed will be identified as an Incredible Edible Garden of Milbridge. Soon you’ll be able to travel around town, finding vegetable gardens at every turn.

New gardens that have sprouted up since our last meeting include a tomato patch in front of the Milbridge Town Office, and vegetables by the Vasquez’s Mexican Bus.

Kelco has generously offered the Incredible Edible Project a site for a soil pile.

Thanks to the many businesses and organizations that have supported this project:

  • Downeast Coal and Stoves in Gouldsboro
  • Viking Lumber
  • EBS
  • Farm to School Program
  • Kelco
  • Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds
  • Seacoast Mission

Incredible Edible Garden Sites so far:

  • Women’s Health Resource Library
  • Fisherman’s Wife
  • 44 North
  • Milbridge Pharmacy
  • Camden National Bank
  • Mano En Mano
  • Luna Midwifery & Sol Yoga Studio
  • Milbridge Town Office

This spring, Dr. Trowbridge planted tomatoes and nasturtiums in barrels on the porch of his dentist office without even knowing that the Incredible Edible Project was going on! He’s way ahead of the curve.

So what is our wish list this week?

To spread the word around town. If there’s a business in town that you frequent regularly and they have no vegetable garden, invite them to join in. Offer to help plant it. EBS has just donated barrels and materials to build container gardens (These materials are living over at Bill and Anne Arnold’s house 546-2048), so a small-not-so-intimidating garden could be started easily. Feel free to contact us to help start gardens in town.

Volunteers! Having 2 or 3 people work together on putting a garden in makes it fun! You don’t need to have experience necessarily. We can pair you with seasoned gardeners.

Come to our next meeting. Find out what’s happening and how you might get involved.

Monday July 8, 2013 at 6:30 at WHRL

Remember “If you eat, you’re in!”

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