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The Goats are Nearly Finished

Wow - those goats can eat, and eat, and eat...! They've done a magnificent job of chowing down on the Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and, yes, the Japanese knotweed, too! Yay! Rachel and Bill McCollum have been very busy working to keep one-step ahead of the goats' appetites putting up new stretches of fencing so that they can continually move the goats along as they eat - and to prevent them from munching on the trees! Here's a short video of the goats moving from one area to the next: goats moving to bridge They also set up a small 'petting zoo' ... Read more

Goats Have Arrived!

The goats from Yoder Goat Rental arrived yesterday evening! They'll be here helping to control the Japanese knotweed, Himalayan blackberry, and english ivy through this week. Pringle Creek Community is the first business in Salem to take advantage of the revised city ordinance allowing goats to graze in town for weed control. Tomorrow Rachel and Bill, owners of Yoder goat rental, will set a few goats aside so that people can get up close, pet, and meet some goats! Come on out for a visit! Check out this video: Goat arrival Read more

Learning to Grow: 4H Kids Visit the Chicks and Gardens

Kids from 4-H visited Colleen this past weekend on Saturday to learn about chickens and growing food. The young, curious kids had a great time checking out our baby chicks, learning what they eat, how they live and play. The students also learned a bit about growing plants. They collected soil in pots and planted pumpkin seeds that they will transplant at home and use in the fall for Halloween. That's thinking ahead! Read more

Goats Grazing in the City

The goats are coming, the goats are coming!  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, Yoder Goat rental is bringing about 30 goats to Pringle Creek Community to help control the invasive weeds along our stretch of Pringle Creek.  They'll stay with us until their job is finished - likely through Friday or Saturday this week, March 20th or 21st.  The Yoder's will put a few goats in a separate pen sometime during their stay, either Thursday or Friday, to allow children to get up close to the goats - to allow the kids to meet the kids! The Statesman Journal article ... Read more

Floor plans and Green Building

To live in a home that is thoughtfully designed and in tune with its surroundings is an ideal. Who isn't keenly interested in living comfortably and efficiently, in an energy efficient, comfortable, pleasant home?  At Pringle Creek Community,  the house designs accentuate place, light, orientation, and incorporate the passive movement of air making homes here very comfortable, energy efficient, and a pleasant place to live.   The plans created for homes at Pringle Creek Community were designed by architects at Opsis Architecture in Portland, Oregon.  The Opsis team assessed the entire property, from the topography, to local natural resources, to sun angles and local ... Read more
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