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A Neighborly Gift of Trees

Pringle Creek Community is an unexpected pocket of serenity in south Salem where visitors and residents like to take time during their day for a walk.  Colleen, our Urban Farmer, always smiles and waves to those who come near to the glasshouses.  Some folks stop and chat, getting to know Colleen a bit better, discussing her work and the goings on around the gardens and orchards. One visitor is Dave Hunt who regularly walks his dog, Luna, around the Pringle Creek Community property.  He and Luna are very friendly. Luna is an exuberant 2 year old mix who is always wiggly ... Read more

Hatch Chilis on the Way!

Have you ever heard of or tasted Hatch Chilis - chilis grown in Hatch, New Mexico?  People from all over the country who love spicy food, especially folks who've visited or lived in or near New Mexico, are crazy about them, especially when they're roasted. Ed DonGilli , a grounds keeper here at Pringle Creek Community, LOVES Hatch Chilis - and is responsible for bringing them to our gardens this year.  Ed and his family recently lived in Arizona and embraced the food in the region, including hot & spicy Mexican food.  Ed couldn't stop talking about Hatch chilis - ... Read more

Tomato Sprouts!!

When will they emerge?  Is something wrong?  Where are they? THERE they are!  Colleen, our Urban Farmer and gardening guru, was starting to fret (yes, even Colleen can get a little nervous!) about all of the tomato seeds she'd planted.  Since she sees them every day, a few days can seem like forever when waiting for seeds to germinate and show signs of the plants and produce that they will become.  Here is the latest picture of Colleen's emerging tomatoes for the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and the Plant Sale May 1st through Mother's Day. They will soon grow into gorgeous, ... Read more

Join the Mid-Valley Local Food Summit

Do you have access to fresh, healthy food?  Do you know where your food comes from?  How was it grown?  Who grew it? How far did it travel to get to your plate?  Why does that matter? February 6th, at Marion Polk Food Share's Local Food Summit, you have an opportunity to connect with many others to learn about the current state of the Mid-Willamette Valley's food system - and to get involved to make it even better.              'You are what you eat' really is true. Eating locally does impact your health and overall well-being.  Eating food that is grown locally, ... Read more

Spotlight on Colleen Owen – Urban Farming Magic!

The edible landscape at Pringle Creek Community - the blueberry patch, our orchards filled with a variety of fruit trees, and community gardens both inside our glasshouses and outside - thrives due to the efforts of Colleen Owen, with the help of our groundskeeper, Paco Sanchez.  Colleen's tireless work has significantly increased the productivity of the vegetable gardens and she has at least doubled the capacity of the glasshouses since 2014.                             The renovated, historic 1940s Lord & Burnham glasshouses at Pringle Creek Community (PCC) are a jewel all on their own.  They are a remnant of the gardening and maintenance ... Read more
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