Wow - those goats can eat, and eat, and eat...! They've done a magnificent job of chowing down on the Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and, yes, the Japanese knotweed, too! Yay!
Rachel and Bill McCollum have been very busy working to keep one-step ahead of the goats' appetites putting up new stretches of fencing so that they can continually move the goats along as they eat - and to prevent them from munching on the trees!
Here's a short video of the goats moving from one area to the next: goats moving to bridge
They also set up a small 'petting zoo' ...
The goats from Yoder Goat Rental arrived yesterday evening! They'll be here helping to control the Japanese knotweed, Himalayan blackberry, and english ivy through this week. Pringle Creek Community is the first business in Salem to take advantage of the revised city ordinance allowing goats to graze in town for weed control.
Tomorrow Rachel and Bill, owners of Yoder goat rental, will set a few goats aside so that people can get up close, pet, and meet some goats! Come on out for a visit!
Check out this video: Goat arrival
The goats are coming, the goats are coming! Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, Yoder Goat rental is bringing about 30 goats to Pringle Creek Community to help control the invasive weeds along our stretch of Pringle Creek. They'll stay with us until their job is finished - likely through Friday or Saturday this week, March 20th or 21st. The Yoder's will put a few goats in a separate pen sometime during their stay, either Thursday or Friday, to allow children to get up close to the goats - to allow the kids to meet the kids!
The Statesman Journal article ...
Throughout the year, Pringle Creek Community provides many opportunities for volunteers to get their hands dirty. Volunteers help with restoration of Pringle Creek and wetlands, beautification and upkeep of 12 acres of natural spaces, and seasonal projects in the Pringle Creek Community gardens and orchard.In the past 6 months we have had 150+ volunteer service hours from:Tokyo International University of America (TIUA)Introductory Environmental Science class at Willamette UniversityUrban Farmer Certification participantsNeighbors of Pringle Creek Community THANK YOU to all our volunteers!TIUA students weeding community plots in the garden.TIUA students clearing out Japanese knotweed. Pringle Creek Community volunteers improve the health and ...
Here are some photos from a recent gathering in the "net-zero energy" Painter's Hall. Sixteen South Salem families are hosting 16 foreign exchange students from Munich, Germany, and they all came out for a potluck dinner. Afterwards, many in the party filtered outside to play and visit and check out Pringle Creek Community."This place has good potential for a disc golf course." "Clouds are a problem for solar power in Germany too."Potluck for 60? Notice the ceiling detail, which is an assembly of wood strips removed from another pre-existing building at Pringle Creek.No clue as to which ones are ...