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Exposure to Nature is Good for You!

Ever heard of Nature Deficit Disorder?  If you spend all of your time in an urban setting, rarely getting into the woods or an oak savannah for a walk or hike, and experience regular bouts of anxiety or depression, than you may be experiencing it.  Nature Deficit Disorder is a condition that more and more people appreciate and more and more scientists are recognizing as a serious result of our increasingly urbanized societies - especially concerning is the well-being of children. Science is currently giving greater attention to the ramifications of our increasingly technological world on our personal well-being. ... Read more

Helping the Chicken to Cross the Road

The chicken harness has arrived!  Now Colleen can safely take a chicken out of the coop and give her an opportunity to go for a walk.                   It really is just another bit of fun over at the glasshouses.  Colleen always has something fun or whimsical going on over there - from her little garden fairy houses to the butterfly houses, both created by her father, and now the chicken harness.  Colleen is always happy to share all that she is doing with visitors.  Besides all of the various vegetables that she is growing for the CSA (community supported agriculture) ... Read more

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

Sustainability on KMUZ, Salem’s Public Radio Station!

What is 'sustainability,' really?   Although it is a term that has gotten a lot of use, some would say over use, it is important to be clear about intention. Kerry Fox, Pringle Creek Community's Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, co-hosts a weekly morning segment on Salem's public radio station, KMUZ each Wednesday morning where Kerry features local and regional guests who join her to speak about ways the Salem community specifically, and Oregon in general, are addressing community sustainability.  You can hear her segment between 8:00 - 9:00 on 100.7 FM, 88.5 FM, or streamed at www.KMUZ.org. Have you heard the analogy ... 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
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