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First strawberry of the season! Local and organic, fresh picked…Strawberries and mint growing together in the community garden.Lupine & iris in the gardens, with the greenhouses in the background.Elephant garlic planted last fall popping up.Potatoes for Marion Polk Foodshare are coming out.Native landscaping alongside the LEED-H Platinum Cottage – less weeding and watering and no chemicals.Local Father-Son duo Larry and Blake Bilyeu of Bilyeu Homes are building this cottage in the background.Blake up on the roof during the roof installation.Roofing supplied by Taylor Metal, a local metal roofing company.The most recent photo of the Tall House, which is about ... Read more

More recent photos

All the camas planted in the rain gardens are in full bloom, deep purple.A view of the new custom cottage showing the front porch. They are putting on the rigid insulation, a component of the rain screen system that is one of our green building standards for all homes.The injection well is being drilled this week for the ground-source geothermal system. After the water is used in the ground-source geo district heating/cooling system, it irrigates the orchards, community gardens and parks. All the excess is re-injected back into the aquifer.A close-up of sedums we have growing in xeriscape areas. ... Read more

Grow your own

Statesman Journal columnist Jeanine Stice wrote a good one this week, "Get healthy: plant a family garden." She did some research about the health benefits of eating fresh vegetables; and some more research about organizations that teach and promote food gardening. That part includes comment about our man James “santiago” Santana and his SLC:That kind of self-reliance and self-sufficiency is exactly what Marion-Polk Food Share's garden coordinator, Jordan Blake, encourages as he worked to nearly double the number of community gardens this spring to more than 10. Food Share, along with the city of Salem and community centers funded ... Read more

Earth Day at Oregon Garden

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s all free--admission to the Oregon Garden, including all Earth Day exhibits, lectures, and performances. The theme is “Sustainable Agriculture,” highlighting the roles of composting, recycling, renewable energy, energy conservation, sustainable plants, and soil and water resources in the farm, garden, or backyard landscape. A cool organization affiliated with OSU, called SPROut, (Sustainable Plant Research and Outreach) has organized this.Pringle Creek (Sustainable Living Center director James Santana and others) will be there all day and will be giving a presentation--scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. That will be the highlight; here ... Read more

Two new sustainability goals

Submitted by Santiago, Sustainable Living Center directorPringle Creek will be adding two new "Sustainability Goals" to our list of 35.36) Harvested Timber Used Onsite. Half-a-dozen fir trees, that either fell naturally during this year's big wind storm or had rotted-out bases and needed to be removed, were brought up the hill, decked and milled last week into dimensional lumber, which we will be able to use onsite. Kevin Caster brought in his portable sawmill and cut the trees into boards and large beams that we will be able to use in houses and buildings at Pringle Creek. Click ... Read more
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