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Spring brings Green building

Spring has sprung and so has the building season.  Builders have broken ground on two new homes up in our Net Zero loop.  One will be a two-story custom home for new neighbors and the other is a single level, three bedroom, two bath home that we are building for resale.  Both houses will be highly energy efficient LEED and Net Zero certified. LEED certification ensures that they are built green, with sustainable methods and materials, and energy efficient systems throughout, while the builder also takes care to minimize waste and erosion.  LEED also signifies a home that is ... 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

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

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

Hatch Chilis on the Way!

Have you ever heard of or tasted Hatch Chilis - chilis grown in Hatch, New Mexico?  People from all over the country who love spicy food, especially folks who've visited or lived in or near New Mexico, are crazy about them, especially when they're roasted. Ed DonGilli , a grounds keeper here at Pringle Creek Community, LOVES Hatch Chilis - and is responsible for bringing them to our gardens this year.  Ed and his family recently lived in Arizona and embraced the food in the region, including hot & spicy Mexican food.  Ed couldn't stop talking about Hatch chilis - ... Read more
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