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Greenroofs in full bloom

It's that time of year again when the greenroofs at Pringle Creek burst to life. This year we saw the new arrival of several camas lilies (which apparently take two years to mature and bloom). Bulbs such as these, and others (fawn lily, onion and other alliums) really thrive up here -- they can tolerate wet feet and a dry dormant summer. Below is the view outside our bedroom window! We've seen all sorts of birds and bumblebees, and it is way more interesting that looking out over a regular metal or flat roof, in addition to the fact ... Read more

Introducing the Pringle Creek Bees

Pringle Creek Community is now home to 2 hives of Carniolan bees. Known for their gentle behavior, Carniolan bees also begin foraging for pollen earlier in the season and do not seem to mind wet weather. The hives are located in the back of the orchard and along Pringle Creek to ensure they have a variety of plants, access to fresh water, and observation by visitors.On Saturday, April 6th, the bees were moved into their hives. Preparations began weeks before with the purchase and assembly of the hive boxes, painting and placement in the orchard.Bees need to be fed a ... Read more

Performance of green infrastructure

Last month Salem experienced what some have called a 100-year storm event, with more than 6.5" of rainfall in 48 hours. Combined with melting from recent snowfall, the storm caused all sorts of chaos in town -- street closures all over the place, evacuations, and flooding.The entrance to Pringle Creek Community during a storm, where conventional city street meets porous street.Here at Pringle Creek Community it was just another regular day. Despite all the rain, not one of our homes flooded during the storm, a storm that shut down most of Salem. There was no impact to homeowners or businesses ... Read more

Bird of Prey Program this Saturday!

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Preparing the Orchards for Spring

Urban Farmer Update: Over the weekend I attended a pruning workshop held by the Marion County Master Gardeners in preparation for work this week in the orchard. It is the season for late winter pruning and all of the trees are ready for a trim. The plums are showing signs of spring with buds about ready to open. A pear tree appears to be ready to bloom too! Read more
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