Incredible Edible Milbridge

Free, pick-your-own vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create a community that is stronger, healthier and more food independent.

Incredible Edible Milbridge (IEM) is a series of public vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create a stronger, healthier, and more food-independent community. The produce at the pick-your-own gardens is free for everyone. You can find vegetables in raised bed gardens throughout town, the 14,000-square-foot garden next to the Red Barn Motel, and the 18,000-square-foot garden at Milbridge Commons Wellness Park. Combined, we grow over 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 our outdoor spaces.
The Incredible Edible gardens not only feed people but also create a conversation about food, nutrition, and the benefits of going organic. The gardens have created a new mood in town, one of growth and prosperity, self-reliance, and respect for the environment.

Since its inception in 2013, more than 100 volunteers have contributed to help transform Incredible Edible Milbridge into a reality. A sense of community pride comes with an activity that unites people and creates beauty where there was none.

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

Giving-- it's the Maine thing to do.

Kids eating Kale

Family Container Gardening Workshop

Incredible Edible Workshops

Families are welcome!  All Incredible Edible workshops are FREE unless noted; advance registration is required.

Registration typically opens the month before the program. 

Family Garden Workshop: Growing with Children (a workshop for kids and their grown-ups)

Family Garden Workshop: Growing with Children (a workshop for kids and their grown-ups)

Date: April 20, 2024Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmLocation: WHRL Thankful Room

Let’s make gardening fun! Would you like to spark an interest in gardening in a child you know? Or do you know a child who is already curious about plants or gardening and you’re looking for new ideas to expand their interest? Join us for this 2-hour adventure into making gardening fun for children of all ages. In the first hour, we will have an overview of kids and gardens and why they are made for each other, along with some low-cost ideas that can help kids (and grown-ups) get started. We’ll explore indoor, outdoor, big and small gardens for children. In the second hour, we will look at how plants and people are the same, and we’ll have a chance to get our hands on some soil and some seeds and have fun making a grass-head person to bring home and grow. Elin MacKinnon, LCSW, a clinical consultant with the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC), has worked for 40 years with children and families in agency settings and social work private practice. In the 1980s, she began to incorporate plants and garden activities into her clinical work. For over 20 years, she taught courses in the University of Maine’s School of Social Work in Orono, including developing and teaching courses focused on the healing power of plants and the arts in therapy. She planted her first garden when she was five and still plants a garden...

Family Gardening Workshop: Composting with Worms

Family Gardening Workshop: Composting with Worms

Date: May 18, 2024Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmLocation: WHRL Thankful Room

Join Jock Robie, infamous worm-enthusiast, for a fascinating hands-on workshop on vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is a simple and efficient way to turn kitchen waste into useful soil amendments for your garden, especially for people who live in a small space or would like to compost throughout the winter. Families are encouraged to take this workshop: children of all ages are fascinated by worms! The workshop is limited to 5 participants. Couples and families can register as one. You will take home your own worm-composting bin with live worms inside. Jock will then return on September 7th at 1 pm to assist with your first harvest. Jock Robie founded Mainely Worm Bins in 2011 after keeping worms for four years. He provides his vermiculture classes as a public service and has presented all over the East Coast between Virginia and Maine. This workshop is free, but advance registration is required. Space is limited!

Garden Tool Show and Tell with Adam and Mark

Garden Tool Show and Tell with Adam and Mark

Date: June 22, 2024Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pmLocation: Milbridge Commons Wellness Park

The right tool for the job can make all the difference in your gardening experience. When tools are used properly, they can save you a great deal of labor and pain. We will share a variety of tools that can be used for gardening, some familiar and some less common. We will talk about each tool and demonstrate how to use them correctly and efficiently, emphasizing posture and ergonomics. Then, you can take them for a test drive. We will also learn how to care for, maintain, and store our tools. Please bring any tools you want to show and talk about! Adam is the Incredible Edible Milbridge gardener at the Red Barn Motel. Mark is the Incredible Edible Milbridge Coordinator at WHRL. This program is free, but advance registration is required!

Beddington Ridge Farm and Garden Tour with Ron and Carol Varin

Beddington Ridge Farm and Garden Tour with Ron and Carol Varin

Date: July 13, 2024Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pmLocation: Beddington Ridge Farm

Ron and Carol left city life in Rhode Island and came to rural Washington County in the late 1970s as young back-to-the-landers. Established in 1980, Beddington Ridge Farm is a successful, small, diversified family farm. Using sustainable farm practices, the farm produces field-grown perennials a variety of fruits, including blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, and pears, and flowers, garlic, and vegetables. Carol and Ron use what the land provides to produce high-quality handmade farm products, including fruit spreads, floral and Christmas wreaths, garlic braids, and dried arrangements. Learn about the workings of a diversified farm throughout the seasons. Come and be inspired by this extensive farm and garden tour and by Carol and Ron’s story. This program is free, but advance registration is required.

Summer Tea Tour at the Incredible Edible Gardens with Jennifer May

Summer Tea Tour at the Incredible Edible Gardens with Jennifer May

Date: September 21, 2024Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmLocation: Milbridge Commons Wellness Park

Come wander through the gardens with local herbalist Jennifer May as she shares her knowledge of various plants and the art of tea blending and formulation. Each guest will be encouraged to venture into the gardens to create a unique tea blend to take home with them. This workshop is for all ages and children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Jennifer May is a community herbalist and wellness practitioner with 25 years of experience in the field. She was the owner of Sage Moon Apothecary in Ellsworth and now focuses on her private practice and educational platform, www.theeclecticalchemist.com This program is free, but pre-registration is required!

All About Garlic with Dan Cunningham of Folklore Farm

All About Garlic with Dan Cunningham of Folklore Farm

Date: October 26, 2024Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 pmLocation: IEM Garden at the Red Barn

Have you ever wanted to grow your own garlic? Here’s your chance! Join local farmer Dan Cunningham of Folklore Farm for this hands-on workshop. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about growing garlic while getting your hands in the dirt and helping to plant a row at our community garden. Dan will teach you everything from how to plant to harvesting, curing, and storing your garlic. Dan Cunningham has owned and operated Folklore Farm in Cherryfield, Maine, since March 2021. He has over ten years of experience managing and working on small organic farms throughout the Northeast. He loves farming in Downeast Maine. This program is free, but advance registration is required.

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