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TEDxSalem Fearless!

You've likely heard about TED Talks.  TED (technology, entertainment, design), is a nonprofit organization ‘devoted to ideas worth spreading.’  TEDx grew out of the original TED Talks and is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  TEDxSalem is in its third year and has truly blossomed! The speakers that are featured, all from Salem or the Willamette Valley, bring fascinating, thought-provoking ideas to the TEDxSalem stage.  Their next TEDxSalem event, Fearless, is October 3 at the Salem Convention Center in beautiful downtown Salem. Why is Pringle Creek Community (PCC) taking the ... Read more

Honey Extraction – A Beekeeper’s Joy

Honey extraction happened today.  It really is a simple, but fascinating, process to witness.  Our bees were very busy this season! Bill Wylie, Colleen's beekeeping mentor from the Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association, provided the use of his equipment and helped in the honey extraction.  Thanks, Bill!  Colleen, our Urban Farmer, all around gardener and beekeeper, used a heated knife to cut the cap off of the combs prior to putting the frames in the extractor. Once Colleen cut the caps off of the comb, Bill placed them into the spinner to extract the honey.  Below is a short video. ... Read more

Fall Honey Harvest – Beekeeping at PCC

Harvest time in the fall, if you happen to keep bees, is the time to check on your bees’ progress and collect some honey. Yum! This is our second full season of beekeeping. Colleen, our Urban Farmer, beekeeper, and all-around gardener extraordinaire, is preparing to collect some honey later this week. Her first step, with mentor Bill Wylie, through the Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association, is to check the overall health of the hive and assess their condition for over-wintering.                               As you can see in these pictures, our bees are doing well and seem well prepared for the coming winter. Bill and Colleen first had ... Read more

A Healthy Home is Truly a Happy Home!

Enjoying a home that you KNOW is healthy really brings a deep sense of peace and comfort - and happiness.  A 'healthy home' is one that is free of toxic chemicals, chemicals that can easily and quickly enter your bloodstream and that of your children.  The materials used to build a conventional home, for example glues used in particle board or chemicals in paint, off-gas and add a variety of toxins to the air in the home.           Here at Pringle Creek Community, we believe that a healthy home is a key part of a healthy life.  Attention is given to the ... Read more

Unusual Community Residents – My, How They’ve Grown!

We’ve had a few regular visitors this season at Pringle Creek Community who’ve made their own kind of residence in an unknown location. This group of turkeys – or ‘rafter,’ as they’re technically called – made up of a mother turkey and seven chicks, decided to make our property their home. Who wouldn’t? As these pictures show, we’ve been watching the babies grow ever since they arrived in late spring. Their presence underscores our dedication to the natural environment. We maintain our grounds without the use of herbicides or pesticides and allow some of our green spaces to go somewhat ... Read more
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