Machias Savings Bank and Lobster Trap have each donated $2000 toward the 2016 summer intern program at Incredible Edible Milbridge (IEM). IEM, now in it’s fourth year, is a project of the Women’s Health Resource Library. The project provides free pick your-own organic gardens throughout Milbridge as well as education initiatives around gardening.
Two local students were selected from a field of applicants for the inaugural intern year. Sinai Herrera Vargas of Milbridge and Abbey Plummer of Harrington began work in June.
The interns have been guided by local farmer Michael Hayden, who is in charge of the 14,000 square foot garden at the Red Barn Motel. Interns have learned the fundamentals of farming from soil preparation and composting to crop rotation. While they are learning practical skills that will last a lifetime, they are also learning about community needs and community service.
In addition, the interns serve as ambassadors for Incredible Edible, working at the Milbridge Farmer’s Market and assisting visitors to the garden.
Abbey Plummer is entering her sophomore year at Washington Academy. Abbey has enjoyed traveling to Costa Rica and visiting the rainforest there. She enjoys meeting students from other countries who attend WA. “IE has been amazing. I am so grateful to have this opportunity. I’ve met great people and have made great memories.”
Sinai Herrera Vargas is studying social justice at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. “Incredible Edible is amazing. It’s so good to know that people who don’t have access to fresh, organically grown vegetables can find what they need at no cost. This is truly amazing work that I am so happy to be a part of.” Sinai has spent most of her summers volunteering or working on farms. An avid outdoor lover, when she is not gardening, Sinai can be found on top of a mountain.