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 ...
March 13, 2015
Grazing goats are coming to Salem.
Pringle Creek Community is among the first organizations to take advantage of the city's new ordinance allowing goats to be used for weed control.
On Tuesday, Yoder Goat Rentals will bring a small herd to the Southeast Salem property to chow down on invasive weeds along the community's stretch of Pringle Creek.
"Pringle Creek Community was one of the businesses that worked to change the ordinance and is happy to serve as a showcase for the implementation of this new policy" said Kerry Fox, event and outreach coordinator for the community.
The community is ...
February 14, 2016 | Anna Reed
Colleen Owen, an urban gardener, walks through one of the glass greenhouses at the Pringle Creek Community in Salem on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Urban gardening classes are beginning Feb. 14 at the greenhouses.
January 28, 2015 | Tracy Loew
Pringle Creek Community is bringing back its Urban Farming program.
If you've so much as raked your yard, you're a gardener, urban farmer Colleen Owen believes.
But if you'd like to begin cultivating some of your own food or improve your urban farming skills, this eight-class series is for you, Owen said.
Among the topics covered: Crop rotation, fruit tree pruning, succession planting, companion planting, beneficial bugs and insects and bees.
The 32-acre Pringle Creek Community was designed as a walkable, mixed-use, sustainable community that preserves open space.
It includes a community garden and an edible landscape within ...
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Laura Fosmire, Statesman Journal | 7:27 a.m. PST January 8, 2015
The Pringle Creek Community has added another LEED-certified house to its collection of energy-efficient homes.
This new house, at 1884 John Muir Circle SE, opens a new chapter for Pringle in several ways.
For one, it's the first new construction in the community since 2012. It's a promising step forward after construction stagnated due to the economy, leaving dozens of empty lots.
The latest home also has 2,035 square feet of living space that is powered primarily through solar energy — the first in the neighborhood. Pringle's other homes are powered ...