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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

Pringle Creek Community Welcomes Pet Owners & Dog Walkers

Pet ownership is a joy and part of life that we embrace at Pringle Creek Community.  Many of our residents have a dog or a cat (or three) that live peacefully at home and meet occasionally outside. People from the surrounding area also visit the property to walk for exercise and sometimes they bring their dog - always using a leash.           Alongside dogs and walkers, we enjoy the wildlife, such as wild turkeys and blue heron,  that regularly visits us.  When dogs are kept on leash they can't harass our furry and feathered guests, ensuring that the wildlife ... Read more

Is Pringle Creek Community the Same as Co-Housing?

Pringle Creek Community (PCC) and co-housing communities share many common, desirable features such as pedestrian friendly streets and trails,  higher density, centralized living, open space, and a community center where people can gather and celebrate.  Although there are similarities between the two community types, the differences, which are subtle, are also significant. The main differences exist in three areas - Pringle Creek Community's planning process vs that of a co-housing development, the type of common, residential gathering space, and the degree of community involvement in decision making. Co-housing communities are typically planned, created, and developed by the people who desire to live together in community.  The ... Read more

Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Loving the Results

"One man's waste is another man's treasure." "What goes in, comes out" and "waste not, want not" are other familiar sayings regarding waste and garbage.  But, what is waste, really?  Waste is a part of our relationship with our resources, a relationship we've overlooked and dismissed as trivial until fairly recently.  For a long, long time, we created products and packaging from our resources that decomposed or broke down organically.  With the advent of the scientific revolution and emergence of plastics, much of our waste is now relatively permanent, made up of materials that don't break down, at least not for ... Read more

Salem’s Rich Theater Culture

Salem is a town rich in artistic, theatrical, and musical talent. During any given weekend in Salem there are three to four plays and musicals, improv comedy, various touring shows, dinner theater, workshops, and special events.  A couple of theaters in the downtown core are nearly as old as the town itself, signifying the depth of Salem's commitment to the arts.  There are numerous artistic expressions throughout the community found in expected and unexpected places and venues.  Salem is a place where paying attention pays off; there are creative forces everywhere – especially in the downtown core. Salem hosts international ... Read more
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