Food

Incredible Edible Milbridge – September

Incredible Edible Milbridge – September

The growing season is winding down at the Incredible Edible Gardens at the Red Barn Motel and at the Milbridge Commons. Daytime temperatures often top out in the upper sixties. Night-time temperatures have dipped into the forties. A fall chill is in the air. With the...

Incredible Edible Milbridge Report – August

Incredible Edible Milbridge Report – August

Throughout August, the lush Incredible Edible Gardens at the Red Barn Motel and at the Milbridge Commons continued producing an amazing variety of vegetables to feed our community-- tomatoes, cucumbers, swiss chard, kale, lettuce, ground cherries, summer squash, herbs...

July – Incredible Edible Milbridge Update

July – Incredible Edible Milbridge Update

We are in the height of the summer! So many vegetables and herbs are ready for harvest at the IEM Gardens at the Red Barn Motel and at Milbridge Commons. If you don't find the vegetable of your choice at one garden, you may well find it at the other one. If you don't...

June – Incredible Edible Milbridge Update

June – Incredible Edible Milbridge Update

While May seemed colder than usual, June brought with it the heat! We closed the month with several days in the low nineties and not quite enough rain. Still the IEM Gardens at the Red Barn Motel and the Milbridge Commons are thriving and bountiful. All sorts of...

Incredible Edible Milbridge Update for May

Incredible Edible Milbridge Update for May

May was cold and dry, but we were happy to see rain finally falling at the end of the month! Cold weather has meant that we have held off planting many seedlings that like the warmer weather or that could be killed by a frost. June is bringing us temperatures in the...

April Incredible Edible Milbridge Report

April Incredible Edible Milbridge Report

There are signs of spring everywhere! The grass is green, maples and daffodils are in bloom, and garlic shoots have pushed through their straw blanket. Incredible Edible is emerging from our winter hibernation as well. Once again, the community can look forward to a...

April Gardening Calendar

April Gardening Calendar

April showers bring May flowers. That's what they say, and sure enough, spring rains are important for our gardens. If you didn't get to start seeds in March, then April is the time to begin, and no, you're not behind! My motto with seed starting is "Always better...

Growing to Learn

Growing to Learn

This last year has been tough for every human both young and old. As winter comes to a close, and we hope life moves closer to normal once again, planning a garden experience for you and your children might be the perfect pandemic remedy. You’ve probably heard that...

It’s March, and It’s Seed Starting Time!

It’s March, and It’s Seed Starting Time!

It's best to start seeds that need lots of time to get going, like parsley, celery, onions, and leeks; or seeds that love the cold weather, like broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce. Vegetables that love the hot weather can wait a little to be started. You...

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

It's March! And it's mud season. The temperatures are warming, the sun is stronger, and spring officially starts this month. The first harvest of the year is maple sap! In Late February or early March, when the night temperatures are below freezing, and the day time...

All about those Microgreens!

All about those Microgreens!

Winter in Downeast Maine can be cold, grey, and usually, not a time to be sowing seeds; however, you can still have a winter garden experience with microgreens. They are seeds of many commonly grown plants that are harvested as soon as they develop their first real...

How To Make Bean Sprouts

How To Make Bean Sprouts

Grow bean sprouts to get some good vitamins in the winter. You can sprout alfalfa seeds, mung beans, wheat berries, and lentils. Add sprouts to salads or soups or munch on them for a snack. John Edwards Market in Ellsworth carries these beans.  Here's what you do: put...

Terrariums

Terrariums

This is a great time of year to plant an ‘indoor garden’ or terrarium. For older children, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn about the water cycle, condensation, respiration. A closed terrarium is its own biosphere: some terrariums have stayed closed and alive for a...

OWL: Whooooo’s in for an Exciting Future?

OWL: Whooooo’s in for an Exciting Future?

OWL: Whoooooo's In for an Exciting Future? By Hazel Stark, Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and Zabet NeuCollins, Assistant Director of Women for Healthy Rural Living When we first started planning the Outdoor Women Lead (OWL) program series during the fall of...

Encourage Feathered Friends

Encourage Feathered Friends

Winter is a great time to encourage feathered friends to the garden! One easy way to do this is to install bird feeders around your garden and property. Looking for some simple bird feeder ideas? Why not a pine cone feeder? If you know where there are some pine trees,...

Winter Gardening Tasks

Winter Gardening Tasks

Winter Gardening Tasks   Grow a bulb in a pot inside-- like an amaryllis or white narcissus--it brings color into the winter months! Grow bean sprouts to get some good vitamins in the winter. You can sprout alfalfa seeds, mung beans, wheat berries, and lentils....

How Do We Heal From 2020?

How Do We Heal From 2020?

Much has been made of putting 2020 behind us. Wouldn’t we all like to toss our 2020 calendars into a massive heap and light it on fire? There is no doubt about it; it has been a challenging, painful, frightening year-- unlike anything we have ever endured. So is 2021...

A Year in Review (In Photos!)

A Year in Review (In Photos!)

We officially changed our name to "Women for Healthy Rural Living" in March!       We relocated to a beautiful, historical building in downtown Milbridge. We're now at 87 Main St., right across from the Milbridge Commons.        ...

Five Ways to Bring Joy to Christmas 2020

Five Ways to Bring Joy to Christmas 2020

1. Comfort and Joy Skip the velvet and reach for the flannel.  You can do your online bidding at WHRL’s CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL while wearing your coziest jammies.2. Deck the Halls It’s time to decorate.  Need ideas?  Check out WHRLs’ CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL for...