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 pick-your-own vegetable gardens around town are free for everyone. You can find the vegetables in raised bed vegetable gardens throughout town, the 14,000 square-foot garden next to the Red Barn Motel, and the 18,000 square-foot garden at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park. Combined, we grow approximately 8,000 pounds of vegetables each year.

Our goal with Incredible Edible Milbridge is to change the way we think about food, how we shop and what we do with the outdoor spaces around us.

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 100 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 Pick-Your-Own Garden at the Red Barn Motel

Volunteer Hours

Tuesday and Thursday – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Michael and his wife, Myriam, 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!


The Gardens at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park

Volunteer Hours

Tuesdays – 12:30 – 4:00
Janis Lesbines, lead gardener at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park, will be at the Milbridge Commons gardens from 12:30 – 4:00 on Tuesdays.


The Children’s Garden at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park

Volunteer Hours TBD

If you are interested in IEM’s educational iniatives, please contact us to learn more.

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 Pick-Your Own 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

Milbridge Commons features an 18,000 square-foot free to pick garden that yields approximatley 4,000 pounds of vegetables per year.