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Trees Save Billions

At Pringle Creek Community, we think trees and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand. After all, innovative designs are drawing inspiration from nature to make renewable energy systems. We are a part of the Fairview Master Plan, and part of that plan means preserving 80% of the tree cover. How do trees save billions? Trees that are strategically placed lead to energy savings by lowering heating and cooling costs throughout the year as well as decreasing soil erosion. So, when you’re having your walk around the Pringle Creek neighborhood and looking up at the cedar and sequoia trees, think that they’re not only gorgeous, but serve ... Read more

Urban Farming

Once again, Pringle Creek Community has teamed up with the Sustainable Living Center to offer their very popular annual Urban Farmer Class. Learn from Colleen Owen, Pringle Creeks' own Urban Farmer, and other experts on how to properly prune trees, harvest healthful organic produce, and many more gardening tips. Farming doesn't have to be outside the city limits, it can be in your very own backyard or community garden. Pringle Creek even has a few community garden plots available for class members if you don't have a growing space of your own. With spring creeping around the corner, it will be exciting to ... Read more

Pringle Creek Critters

Remember, as a child, how you would go out in the yard and see what mischief you could get into? Sometimes you'd lay in the grass with the sunshine warming your face, and then you'd begin to notice a small lady bug making it's trek up a blade of grass. Your eyes would move onto background, and you might spot a slow and determined turtle making it's way across bumpy terrain. Then, you'd hear a rustling in the trees, and look up to see a slightly spastic squirrel jumping from one branch to the next. If you had a ... Read more

Winter Wonderland

Pringle Creek Community has become a winter wonderland this week. Residents are enjoying the snow, and finding some good places to sled and make snow angels! The cedar and sequoia branches are adorned with snowflakes, while other trees are glistening with ice. The greenhouses are holding up to winter temperatures with gardens growing inside. Because homes are energy efficient, they're keeping warm and cozy at a lower cost than traditional homes. We hope that you are enjoying the wintery weather too by playing in the snow, taking double dog dares, and sipping on some hot cocoa while strategizing what the ... Read more

Master Gardener Talk with Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen

The Master Gardeners came out last week to listen to our star Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen, bestow her wisdom on how to utilize a green house year-round. Colleen participated in the Master Gardeners programming this year through Oregon State University. During this time, Colleen was also running the Urban Farmer classes by the Sustainable Learning Center at Pringle Creek Community. Long story short, all of these brilliant classes led to a meeting with Michael Johnson, a Fellow Master Gardener. Michael was giving a lecture through the Urban Farming class on fruit tree pruning, and he was impressed by how ... Read more
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