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Learn about food labels, sustainability at free talk

STATESMAN JOURNAL June 19, 2015 | Tracy Loew What's the difference between natural, organic and non-GMO? What kind of oversight or regulations are behind these different claims? Food labels can be confusing, so Pringle Creek Community is hosting a free presentation to help consumers make informed choices. Chris Schreiner, executive director of Oregon Tilth, will help participants understand what the information on food labels means, as well as how food-purchasing decisions affect the local food economy. Corvallis-based Oregon Tilth is the nation's third-largest organic certifier, serving about 1,450 growers and processors. "Farmers will grow what people want to eat," said Kerry Fox, outreach coordinator for ... Read more

Pringle Creek Community offers free disaster training

STATESMAN JOURNAL June 8, 2015 | By Tracy Loew A recent string of strong earthquakes off the Oregon Coast serves as a reminder that 'The Big One' is on the horizon. To help residents be ready, Pringle Creek Community is hosting a free disaster preparedness presentation. The event also will address emergencies such as flooding, drought or a train derailment. "Disaster is survivable. The key is being prepared," said Kerry Fox, outreach coordinator for the 32-acre community, which focuses on nature and the environment. The presentation, which is open to the public, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at Pringle ... Read more

Croquet brings nostalgia to Pringle Creek Community

STATESMAN JOURNAL May 24, 2015 | Kaellen Hessel Stepping out onto the village green at Pringle Creek Community on Sunday afternoon was like taking a step back into yesteryear. There was a sense of relaxed enjoyment on the field as laughter tinkled through the air while people played croquet. They took turns trying to hit their balls through the course of metal wickets, which proved surprisingly challenging due to the length of the grass. They'd wack the ball with their mallets only to see it plop back down a few inches away. They laughed often and encouraged one another. "This takes me back to ... Read more

Pringle Creek’s latest LEED house ready for move in

STATESMAN JOURNAL March 25, 2015 | Laura Fosmire Pringle Creek's latest LEED-certified home is on the market and nearly move-in ready. The Statesman Journal previously reported on the house, the first new construction in the Pringle Creek community since 2012, while it was still under construction in January. Now, the skeleton construction has been fleshed out with bamboo floors, recycled carpet, nickel finishes and energy-efficient appliances. The builders are ready to welcome the public inside to tour the place and attract the attention of any potential buyers. "It's still on the market, but now it's like, OK, we're ready to sell," said Shan Stassens, ... Read more

Meet goats deployed at Pringle Creek for weed control

STATESMAN JOURNAL March 19, 2015 | Tracy Loew Weed-eating goats have arrived at Pringle Creek Community. About three dozen of the animals will live on the southeast Salem property this week, chowing down on Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry. It's an environmentally safe way to clear invasive weeds along Pringle Creek, which runs through the community. It's also likely the first time goat clearing has been used since the Salem City Council approved it in December. On Monday, Rachel McCollum, of Yoder Goat Rentals, set up solar-powered electric fences to contain the goats. Tuesday afternoon, the goats were settling into their new, temporary home. Later this ... Read more
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