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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

Recognition for our LEED Development – A Job Well Done

Recognition for a job well done is always appreciated! Recently, an architect specializing in LEED commercial buildings from Prairie Architects, Inc, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, visited us. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an international third-party rating system that recognizes best-in-class building practices focused on protecting human health and the environment. All of our buildings at Pringle Creek Community are LEED certified at the gold and platinum levels.   Our visitor read about Painters Hall, our LEED platinum, net zero energy, community center online. While visiting relatives in Salem, he insisted they take the opportunity to visit us and ... Read more

Community is Connection

We’re happy to see that more people are recognizing what we’ve known for a long time – our lives are made much better by intentionally living in Community. Jonathan and Lisa recently moved to Salem, Oregon, settling in at Pringle Creek Community.   They discovered a welcoming neighborhood filled with people willing to share information about local resources and services; information that they’d normally have to try to find on their own. They were instantly made aware of great local eateries, grocery stores, recommendations for professional services like medical and dental services, and even the best bicycle routes around town. Jonathan and ... Read more

Solar Panels Make the Net Zero Home Complete

Our latest build, the Net Zero house in John Muir Circle, is now truly a Net Zero home!  SolarCity technicians installed 24 solar panels that will create an estimated 6,165 kwH of power annually.  This is enough energy to offset 234,643 pounds of CO2 over 20 years, equivalent to driving a car 254,010 miles or saving 47,046 gallons of water that would be used to generate electricity. To live in this home is certainly to live lightly!  Each time you turn on the lights, the television, or use the refrigerator, you'll have the sun an your solar panels to thank, ... Read more

Gorgeous Peppers!

Wow!  Colleen, our Urban Farmer, harvested some beautiful peppers for the CSA this week.  Her organic farming skills are really reaping amazing rewards.  Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provides fresh produce for shareholders every week (every other week from October through February) for 10 months of the year. Colleen grows the produce both inside our historic glasshouses and in our outside garden that are shared with community gardeners and residents. Read more
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