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Planning the First Fall Garden at Pringle Creek

It seems too soon to begin dreaming of a fall and winter garden wonderland but alas, it's planning time. Margaret, the Painter's Hall Cafe chef, and myself met to discuss what we would like to see make its way to the cafe menu. This year will be our first fall season using the garden space for more Pringle Creek grown produce. Here are some highlights of our planning session:Fall Crops Ideas- Root vegetables (Beets, Turnips, Parsnips)- Cool season greens (Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach)- Cooking standards (Carrots, Onions, Celery)Thinking Ahead For Spring- Fall planted garlic- Spring potatoes- Herbs for the ... Read more

Sparrow Family Nesting at Pringle Creek

While enjoying an evening sitting on the patio at Painter's Hall, a small sparrow flew into a nearby flower box. On further inspection a wonderful discovery was found. This small sparrow had made a nest in the flower box and moved in.Three baby sparrows at home in their nest.Pringle Creek Community is home to many, neighbors and wildlife alike. It is a wonderful compliment to our sustainability goals and vision to see new life begin and flourish before our eyes. Read more

Gardens and Orchard in July

The gardens and orchards are full of life now that summer has arrived. All of the vegetable starts were started in the greenhouse from seed and have been moved outside to the main garden. The harvest of these plants will be turned into delicious menu items at Painter's Hall cafe.Swiss chard, summer squash, carrots, tomatoes and basil growing in the greenhouse and garden space.We are growing 2 types of artichokes, Green Globe and Imperial Star. Unfortunately the gophers enjoy them also.The trees in the orchards are covered in developing fruit. The cherry trees have finished for the year but ... Read more

Volunteers at Pringle Creek

Throughout the year, Pringle Creek Community provides many opportunities for volunteers to get their hands dirty.  Volunteers help with restoration of Pringle Creek and wetlands, beautification and upkeep of 12 acres of natural spaces, and seasonal projects in the Pringle Creek Community gardens and orchard.In the past 6 months we have had 150+ volunteer service hours from:Tokyo International University of America (TIUA)Introductory Environmental Science class at Willamette UniversityUrban Farmer Certification participantsNeighbors of Pringle Creek Community THANK YOU to all our volunteers!TIUA students weeding community plots in the garden.TIUA students clearing out Japanese knotweed. Pringle Creek Community volunteers improve the health and ... Read more

In the garden with the Urban Farmer Certification Program

Since January, 24 participants have been learning how to turn their home growing spaces into productive gardens as part of the Pringle Creek Community Urban Farmer Certification program.In its second year the program is designed to teach aspiring Urban Farmers skills such as:Compost and soil healthOrganic seed startingVegetable garden planing and plantingGarden Tool Maintenance IrrigationIdentifying beneficial bugs for the gardenBackyard chickensHome OrchardsPreparing for winter Our instructors include local farmers, community members, OSU Master Gardeners, and university faculty.Along with practicing their new gardening skills at home, some of our urban farmers have filled individual plots in the Pringle Creek gardens ... Read more
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