On May 9 community members gathered at WHRL to make plans for the 2016 Incredible Edible Milbridge season. As we enter our fourth season, gardens around town have multiplied, the IEM Market Garden at the Red Barn Motel has expanded, and plans are underway for new gardens at the Main Street field.
With the growth of the IEM project, we have many and varied volunteer opportunities- something for everyone! Below is a list of some of our needs and some of the ways you can be involved.
- Come to the IEM Market Garden at the Red Barn during regular volunteer hours to help prepare the soil, plant and weed. Your labor builds both a healthy garden and a healthy community. We need many hands to make work light and to make the garden all it can be. No experience needed. Michael will provide the tools unless you want to bring your own. Come for an hour or come every week if you want. Bring a friend!
Regular Market Garden volunteer hours: Mon and Wed 2:00 – 5:00 or Sat 9:00 – 12:00
- Help us water the IEM beds around town– adopt one bed or commit to watering one day per week. We’ll get you started.
- Photo/video skills! Documenting what we’re doing is an important part of the work– photographing volunteers at work, IEM in the schools, IEM at the Milbridge Farmers Market.
- Join the Recipe Project. We’re creating an IEM Book of Vegetable Recipes for 2017, as well as creating recipes to make available to everyone through our website, through the farmer’s market and at the Pick-Your-Own IEM Market Garden at the Red Barn.
- IEM will have a booth at the Milbridge Farmer’s Market this year– every Saturday from 9 – 12, May 28 through Sept 17. A fun place to “talk up” IEM and vegetables. By July, we will prepare some good recipes with vegetables in season for people to taste. Looking for people to “man” or “woman” the booth and/or prepare a recipe.
- Blogging on WHRL’s IEM website. If you like to write and know about vegetables or vegetable gardening, we are looking to offer a weekly blog– perhaps about a vegetable that’s is ready for harvest, how to grow it, use it, store it, its nutritional value, its history. Whatever you like. You can find our blogging guidelines on the WHRL website. You can write once during the season, or many times if you like.
Contact us if you’d like to volunteer or to simply learn more!