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Gardens and Orchard in July

The gardens and orchards are full of life now that summer has arrived. All of the vegetable starts were started in the greenhouse from seed and have been moved outside to the main garden. The harvest of these plants will be turned into delicious menu items at Painter's Hall cafe.Swiss chard, summer squash, carrots, tomatoes and basil growing in the greenhouse and garden space.We are growing 2 types of artichokes, Green Globe and Imperial Star. Unfortunately the gophers enjoy them also.The trees in the orchards are covered in developing fruit. The cherry trees have finished for the year but ... Read more

Volunteers at Pringle Creek

Throughout the year, Pringle Creek Community provides many opportunities for volunteers to get their hands dirty.  Volunteers help with restoration of Pringle Creek and wetlands, beautification and upkeep of 12 acres of natural spaces, and seasonal projects in the Pringle Creek Community gardens and orchard.In the past 6 months we have had 150+ volunteer service hours from:Tokyo International University of America (TIUA)Introductory Environmental Science class at Willamette UniversityUrban Farmer Certification participantsNeighbors of Pringle Creek Community THANK YOU to all our volunteers!TIUA students weeding community plots in the garden.TIUA students clearing out Japanese knotweed. Pringle Creek Community volunteers improve the health and ... Read more

In the garden with the Urban Farmer Certification Program

Since January, 24 participants have been learning how to turn their home growing spaces into productive gardens as part of the Pringle Creek Community Urban Farmer Certification program.In its second year the program is designed to teach aspiring Urban Farmers skills such as:Compost and soil healthOrganic seed startingVegetable garden planing and plantingGarden Tool Maintenance IrrigationIdentifying beneficial bugs for the gardenBackyard chickensHome OrchardsPreparing for winter Our instructors include local farmers, community members, OSU Master Gardeners, and university faculty.Along with practicing their new gardening skills at home, some of our urban farmers have filled individual plots in the Pringle Creek gardens ... Read more

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
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