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Watch Shannon on TV this weekend!

Catch Shannon on cable TV this weekend talking about the Painters Hall Zero Waste program and our 100th EarthWISE certification! Watch the video below and learn more about the free EarthWISE program here. The commercial is showing on MNBC, TBS, CNN, A&E, TNT, Discovery, ESPN, HGTV, and the History Channel throughout the weekend! Read more

Zena Forest Products kiln-dried beer tap handles

Check out this video on urban tree salvage and Widmer Brothers brewing tap handles. The Oregon White Oak blanks are kiln-dried out at our friend Ben Deumling's place -- Zena Forest Products. Learn more about Ben here or read about the floors he did for us, and some urban forest salvage of our own on page two here. Ben also made some tap handles for Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, also out in West Salem. You can find their cider on tap at Venti's downtown. Read more

Tour de Pringle Creek

What an awesome bike race Sunday! Organized by Capitol Velo Bicycle Club, racers sped through our neighborhood streets (the one and only time of the year when high speeds are ok on our streets) and along Fairview Industrial Drive in hopes of winning cash prizes and notoriety -- riders came from across the state. This was serious intensity circuit racing, high speed over the course of 75 or 90 minutes! Competitors enjoyed the technical cornering and design of our streets, which made their laps way more challenging and interesting than typical circuit speed races. Who needs to go to ... Read more

Weeding without chemicals

Paco's strategy for weeding without chemicals includes BBQing them with his flame thrower. A quick blast of high intensity heat literally boils the plant's cells and tap root. It is most effective in gravel or paved areas where the torch won't burn nearby plants that you want to keep. Children: do not attempt this at home!! Read more

Summer is here!

Wow it actually feels like summer! Today was so beautiful, I thought I'd walk around and take some photos of what's new around here... Urban Farmers adding to their garden plots and getting ready. Painters Hall is a perfect place to hang out, drink some iced tea, and get refreshed. We are pouring the foundation of the Coho cottage today! It's the second house currently under construction. This Coho is a 3BD / 2BA LEED Gold home, perfect size at 1,300sqft.  The garage greenroofs are really amazing this time of the year. There are more than 30 different plant species up there! Watch out for ... Read more
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