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Goodall students at Pringle Creek for annual stream health analysis

Update: On Dec. 24 the Statesman Journal ran an article on this, "Students helping study water quality."Students from Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School and Karen Hans from Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife came out for their annual fish and macro-invertebrate count. These students are comparing stream health & fish population in various waterways throughout the City of Salem. The big catch of the day was a very large cutthroat trout!Students set up nets upstream and downstream, then wade through the creek catching fish.Then they identified and documented each species before setting them free.They also went through to catch ... Read more

Photo log

These detached garages will serve the small cluster of five cottages. They will have cedar siding and a green roof, to be installed this fall.This is the pump house for the ground source district heating and cooling system (those are pressure tanks on the inside). It will also have cedar siding and a green roof.Artichokes in the garden!We are currently restoring these incredible greenhouses, which were built by Lord & Burnham in the '20s or '30s. This is the trench for the utilities.We’ll begin installing glass in mid-July, to be completed by this Fall in time to extend the ... Read more

Even more recent photos

First strawberry of the season! Local and organic, fresh picked…Strawberries and mint growing together in the community garden.Lupine & iris in the gardens, with the greenhouses in the background.Elephant garlic planted last fall popping up.Potatoes for Marion Polk Foodshare are coming out.Native landscaping alongside the LEED-H Platinum Cottage – less weeding and watering and no chemicals.Local Father-Son duo Larry and Blake Bilyeu of Bilyeu Homes are building this cottage in the background.Blake up on the roof during the roof installation.Roofing supplied by Taylor Metal, a local metal roofing company.The most recent photo of the Tall House, which is about ... Read more

More recent photos

All the camas planted in the rain gardens are in full bloom, deep purple.A view of the new custom cottage showing the front porch. They are putting on the rigid insulation, a component of the rain screen system that is one of our green building standards for all homes.The injection well is being drilled this week for the ground-source geothermal system. After the water is used in the ground-source geo district heating/cooling system, it irrigates the orchards, community gardens and parks. All the excess is re-injected back into the aquifer.A close-up of sedums we have growing in xeriscape areas. ... Read more

Recent photos

We’re keeping the trunks for benches--local company Nexterra is grinding branches and stumps into chips for use for soil improvement and walking paths.Front stairs and sidewalk being poured at the Wilsons' tallhouse, which is almost ready for move-in.New custom cottage getting framed up--cathedral ceiling upstairs, all FSC wood.The view out the upstairs window of the creek and wetland areas--the residents will see a lot of the Great Blue Heron that fishes on this stretch of the creek.Santiago Read more
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