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Tomato Sprouts!!

When will they emerge?  Is something wrong?  Where are they? THERE they are!  Colleen, our Urban Farmer and gardening guru, was starting to fret (yes, even Colleen can get a little nervous!) about all of the tomato seeds she'd planted.  Since she sees them every day, a few days can seem like forever when waiting for seeds to germinate and show signs of the plants and produce that they will become.  Here is the latest picture of Colleen's emerging tomatoes for the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and the Plant Sale May 1st through Mother's Day. They will soon grow into gorgeous, ... Read more

Join the Mid-Valley Local Food Summit

Do you have access to fresh, healthy food?  Do you know where your food comes from?  How was it grown?  Who grew it? How far did it travel to get to your plate?  Why does that matter? February 6th, at Marion Polk Food Share's Local Food Summit, you have an opportunity to connect with many others to learn about the current state of the Mid-Willamette Valley's food system - and to get involved to make it even better.              'You are what you eat' really is true. Eating locally does impact your health and overall well-being.  Eating food that is grown locally, ... Read more

Your Home, Your Indoor Air, Your Health

Our homes are our refuges, our castles. They are the place where we feel safest and most secure. Ideally, your home is the place where your health is protected as much as your privacy. Everything that is built in or brought into your home affects the quality of your indoor environment and the air that you breathe. Typically, the many materials used to build and finish our homes contain chemicals that off-gas, or release chemicals into the air over time, making the indoor environment toxic without our knowledge. Many people have chemical sensitivities and attention to what is in your ... Read more

Classic Films at an Historic Theater

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Buster Keaton, Sidney Poitier, Laurel & Hardy, Gary Cooper, Charlie Chaplin, Stanley Kubrick, and Alfred Hitchcock.  Wow!  What a line-up!  All of these stars and films by these famous, classic directors, and many more, are available for your viewing pleasure Wednesday evenings, January 20th through March 16th, at the historic Elsinore Theater in downtown Salem.  A bit of film trivia - did you know that The General starring Buster Keaton was filmed in Cottage Grove, Oregon?  Make sure you come out January 27th to watch it on the big screen!                     The silent films will be accompanied by Rick Parks ... Read more

Spotlight on Colleen Owen – Urban Farming Magic!

The edible landscape at Pringle Creek Community - the blueberry patch, our orchards filled with a variety of fruit trees, and community gardens both inside our glasshouses and outside - thrives due to the efforts of Colleen Owen, with the help of our groundskeeper, Paco Sanchez.  Colleen's tireless work has significantly increased the productivity of the vegetable gardens and she has at least doubled the capacity of the glasshouses since 2014.                             The renovated, historic 1940s Lord & Burnham glasshouses at Pringle Creek Community (PCC) are a jewel all on their own.  They are a remnant of the gardening and maintenance ... Read more
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