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History of Incredible Edible Milbridge

IEM 2016 Milestones (to date)

  • Incredible Edible Milbridge will once again have a presence at the Milbridge Farmers Market to do outreach for IEM.
  • A first public information about the collaborative Main Coast Heritage Trust/WHRL garden and park is scheduled for March 1, 2016.
  • The IEM Market Garden at the Red Barn has been increased by 50% for a total of 15,000 square feet.

IEM 2015 Milestones

  • An additional ten raised beds were added to IEM, bringing the total number of locations to 24.
  • IEM Garden Spring and Summer Garden Workshop series included:
    • The Healing Power of Gardening with Elin Mackinnon
    • Starting Seeds with Janis Lesbines
    • Garden Tools: Show and Tell with Janis Lesbines
    • Starting a Garden from Scratch with Janis Lesbines
    • Boost Your Garden Bounty with Cover Crops with Leonore Hildebrandt
  • Three part-time, seasonal staff were offered stipends to help manage the IEM project.
  • The IEM Market Garden was planted for the first time.
  • The second IEM sponsored vegetable garden tour was held in June at the home of Curtis Lafollete.
  • The Milbridge Farmer’s Market welcomed IEM as guest to the Farmer’s Market during the month of August.
  • The IEM Vegetable Trailer was constructed to allow us a fun and visible way to take IEM vegetables out into the community.
  • The Home Depot in Ellsworth collaborated with IEM to purchase and install a garden shed at the IEM Market Garden.
  • Expansion of Incredible Edible Milbridge was made possible through the contributions of community members and grants from the Steven and Tabitha King Foundation, The Maine Community Foundation, and the Sewell Foundation. Area businesses that contributed through in kind gifts included Viking Lumber, Downeast Coal and Stoves, Coast of Maine Organic Products, Mark Wright Construction & Disposal, Worcester Peat, Runamuck Farm, Salty Dog Farm, The Home Depot in Ellsworth, and the Maine Seacoast Mission.
  • The Maine Coast Heritage Trust purchased a 4.6 acre parcel of property along Main Street and the Narraguagus River and will partner with the WHRL to create a public garden and park.

IEM 2014 Milestones

  • Incredible Edible Milbridge more than doubled in size with a total of 18 gardens including:
  • IEM introduced The Incredible Edible Milbridge Garden Workshops – a series of four free public workshops including:
    • Salads Year Round: Growing Baby Greens
    • Starting Seeds
    • Gardening in Small Spaces: Vertical Gardens
    • Making Compost
  • The first IEM-sponsored vegetable garden tour was held in July at Bear’s Den in Addison.
  • Ground was broken for the 10,000 square foot Market Garden at the Red Barn.
  • IEM worked with the Milbridge Elementary School second graders to build compost bins at their school.
  • October 14, an article about Incredible Edible Milbridge ran in the Ellsworth American: Free for the Taking: Program Lets the Locals Help Themselves to Veggies.
  • Businesses and organizations that supported the project this year included: Downeast Coal and Stoves, Viking Lumber, EBS, Farm to School Program, Kelco, FEDCO, Maine Seacoast Mission,and Machias Savings Bank.

IEM 2013 Milestones

  • The concept of Incredible Edible Milbridge was inspired by a TED Talk about Incredible Edible TodmordenClick here to view the TED Talk that inspired Incredible Edible Milbridge.
  • The first IEM community meeting was held on May 22, 2013.
  • Kathy Gearhart contributed her artistic talents to create the Incredible Edible Milbridge logo.
  • Volunteers created the mobile Incredible Edible Milbridge cart for the Milbridge Days parade.
  • The first eight Incredible Edible Milbridge gardens were installed downtown with the help of many volunteers.
  • Businesses and organizations that supported the project included: Downeast Coal and Stoves,Viking Lumber, EBS, Farm to School Program, Kelco, FEDCO, Tide Mill Farm, and Maine Seacoast Mission.