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Incredible Edible Milbridge

Incredible Edible Milbridge

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Teaching Milbridge Elementary School students about planting potatoes.

Incredible Edible Milbridge (IEM) is a series of public vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create a community that is stronger, healthier, and more food independent. The produce at the 24 free pick-your-own raised bed vegetable gardens throughout town and the 14,000 sq. ft. Market Garden at the Red Barn Motel are free for everyone.

Our goal with Incredible Edible Milbridge is to change the way we think about food, how we shop and what we do with our outdoor space through gardening.

The IEM gardens actually serve two purposes. They feed people but they also create a conversation about food, nutrition and the benefits of going organic. The gardens create a new mood in town, one of growth and prosperity, of self-reliance, of respect for the environment.  We see the potential to create a true market economy, working with local farmers and gardeners to build a garden marketplace so strong that people choose to stay local for all their food needs.

Since its inception, more than 50 volunteers have contributed to help transform Incredible Edible Milbridge into a reality.

There is a sense of community pride that comes with an activity that unites people, creates beauty where there was none, and feeds the soul.

Incredible Edible Milbridge was inspired by Incredible Edible Todmorden in England.

Kimchee Workshop

Volunteer with IEM

Incredible Edible Milbridge needs gardeners! Experienced gardeners and novice gardeners are all welcome! Contact us if you’d like to volunteer.

The Market Garden
The Market Garden, under the direction of Michael Hayden, has regular volunteer hours for garden tending.

Volunteer Hours
Mondays and Thursday – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Michael will be at the garden at 2:00 to let everyone know what needs doing, and work with you.

If Michael is not there at 2:00, he wants you to call him at 546-0085!

Other IEM volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assist with watering veggie beds throughout town.
  • Help us document our work with your photography or videography skills!
  • Share your veggie recipes using whole foods.
  • Help cover the IEM veggie booth at the Milbridge Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings throughout the summer.

IEM Market Garden at the Red Barn Motel

The Incredible Edible Milbridge Market Garden at the Red Barn Motel, added in 2015, is located at 5 Main Street. This 14,000 square foot garden has the potential to yield 4,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables for the community.

Countless hours from volunteers, IEM farmer, Michael Hayden, and IEM gardener Janis Lesbines have helped create this fabulous addition to the IEM lineup in a short period. Funding assistance for this project came from the Steven and Tabitha King Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, the Sewell Foundation, The Home Depot in Ellsworth assisted with the purchase and installation of the garden shed.

IEM Photo Gallery

Interested in working outside this summer and getting your hands dirty?

2016 IEM Interns Sinai and Abby

WHRL is seeking responsible people of any age to be part of our paid summer internship program. This is an opportunity for motivated individuals to work closely with professional gardeners in a community garden setting, learning first-hand how to care for and manage an organic vegetable garden.

The garden intern will assist the IEM garden team at both the Milbridge Commons and pick-your-own garden at the Red Barn Motel, oversee the IEM cart at the farmer’s market, and will eventually assume responsibility for one of the following projects, or one designed by the intern with approval of the IEM coordinator:

IEM intern Abby at the IEM veggie trailer during the Milbridge Farmer’s Market

  • Plant and maintain ten pocket gardens throughout town.
  • Post in and manage the IEM Facebook page and Instagram account.
  • Create artistic and educational signs for pocket gardens throughout town.

If this sounds like the summer for you, please contact WHRL’s Community Outreach Coordinator at or call (319)325-4323 for more information and a job application. Application deadline is March 31st. Internship will start in late May or early June depending on applicant.