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Urban Farmer Classes by the Sustainable Living Center

Have a hankering to try your hand at urban farming? Now's your chance! Back by popular demand is the Urban Farmer class provided by the Sustainable Living Center (SLC) and taught by our Urban Farmer extraordinaire, Colleen Owen. Colleen Owen is a certified Master Gardener with years of experience with how to make gardens flourish in an urban environment. Not only has she had success with flourishing produce in the spring and summer seasons, but she also has the expertise to make the most of your garden during the more dormant winter months. Colleen Owen runs a CSA (Community ... Read more

Master Gardener Talk with Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen

The Master Gardeners came out last week to listen to our star Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen, bestow her wisdom on how to utilize a green house year-round. Colleen participated in the Master Gardeners programming this year through Oregon State University. During this time, Colleen was also running the Urban Farmer classes by the Sustainable Learning Center at Pringle Creek Community. Long story short, all of these brilliant classes led to a meeting with Michael Johnson, a Fellow Master Gardener. Michael was giving a lecture through the Urban Farming class on fruit tree pruning, and he was impressed by how ... Read more

Gardeners at Play

  At Pringle Creek Community we are always looking for innovative ways to have fun and be healthy. There are plenty of opportunities to breathe in the fresh air, learn different approaches for a more vivacious garden, and enjoy conversations with other gardeners in the community.  It's that time of year again for spring planting at Pringle Creek Community. We encourage growing local and organic food while strengthening community through shared knowledge of gardening practices and volunteerism. Urban Farming workshops are offered through the Sustainable Living Center. Our wonderful volunteers help support the greenhouse in so many ways including watering, weeding, ... Read more

Gardening Chat with Colleen on the Radio!

How can you increase your gardening knowledge?  What are creative ways to grow vegetables organically?  What is a CSA?  How can you get freshly grown veggies nearly all year-round? Colleen Owen, our Urban Farmer and all-around great gardener, interviewed recently on Down in the Dirt with Diana on Salem's community radio station, KMUZ.  You can hear the interview via Diana's podcast here.  Colleen's portion of the interview starts at 5:25 and goes through 27:00.  Colleen discusses a lot about what she does and how she tackles the many gardening tasks she has growing produce for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, how she ... 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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