Photo log

Paco and Santiago finishing up the glass roofs on the greenhouses--several hundreds of pieces of glass later!
These incredible Lord & Burnham greenhouses were original to the site and are getting a total restoration, to be completed this month.
The interior of the small greenhouse, which is 100ft x 20ft. These concrete supports will have new wood benches for growing year-round lettuce greens and herbs.
There are so many contrasting colors here in the fall, from the reds in the blueberry bushes to the pale yellow of these catalpas.
Raingardens throughout the community help absorb and filter excess stormwater. Not only are they functional, but also aesthetically pleasing, providing year-round lush greenery and interesting textures at every intersection.
There are quiet places along Pringle Creek perfect for reflection. Living near a body of water like this is a great asset.
The upper reach of the creek is perfect habitat for all sorts of fish and wildlife. We’ve had kingfishers, herons, and even trout and salmon in this section of Pringle Creek.
When Barb moves in this month, she will probably be able to listen to the creek from her bedroom window.
Or she can sit at her back patio and listen to it.
Here is her new home, built by father-son duo Blake and Larry Bilyeu of Bilyeu Homes here in Salem. That’s Blake standing at the front porch.
Paco doing work on the tractor, as always using B100 biodiesel.



Everyone wins Battle of the Locavore

We had about 50 people for this awesome local foods potluck. Thanks to everyone who came. Talk about a gathering of wonderful people. Special thanks to Chris, Evann, Chris & Elizabeth, and Luca for putting it all together. Also a big thanks to the sponsors--they provided the great prizes--Lifesource Natural Foods, Minto Island Growers, St. Innocent Wine, Organic Fresh Fingers, and Oregon Tilth.

And the winners were . . .

Hugo wins 1st place for his wild mushroom pizza

Gino wins 2nd place for pesto pasta

The Shreiners win 3rd for their goat cheese basil tomato
Ingrid wins best all Marion County

Stephanie wins best desert
Bill wins best hunter gatherer grower

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If you want to join Salem Locavores or get more information, check out their page at google groups.



Home tour great success, thanks to sponsors, homeowners

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Green + Solar Home Tour a success!

In particular, thanks to our homeowners for opening their doors, showing everyone the ecologically-friendly designs and products in their homes, and sharing their knowledge and experiences.

And many thanks to the sponsors. This event would not have been possible without their support and participation: Marion County Public Works Environmental Services, Energy Trust of Oregon, Earth Advantage, Portland General Electric, Straub Environmental Learning Center, Pringle Creek Community, Nathan Good Architect, Salem AIA, Lifesource Natural Foods, Neil Kelly, DeSantis Landscapes, Taylor Metal, BAM Agency, Wild Pear, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Black’s Construction, Bilyeu Homes, Spectra Construction, Glen Rea Construction, City of Salem, Shelterworks, Solar Oregon, and Oregon Department of Energy.


Morning presentation by Andrew Shepard from Earth Advantage, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Green Remodeling”Two of the five “Homes of the Future” currently on display at Pringle Creek (created by 5th Graders from Wilsonville-West Linn School District after visiting Pringle Creek
Tour-goers visiting the cottage
Nathan, Larry, and Jackie admiring April Waters’ most recent painting

Green jobs coming to Salem

Recent Statesman Journal article: City aims to become hub in green jobs Attracting Sanyo's solar-cell plant may be first step to goal

Sanyo's coming to Salem is a great step to a better future. They will build an $80 million solar-cell manufacturing plant at the new Salem Renewable Energy and Technology Park at 5475 Gaffin Road SE. Two hundred "green jobs" producing high tech components for renewable energy--it reflects the growing recognition that we need to be more responsible in our stewardship of the environment, our community and economy.

Pringle Creek Community is excited about this successful recruitment and that Salem, and Oregon, aspire to foster green products and services. This is Oregon taking advantage of its environmentalist brand and becoming a center for green manufacturing. As PV Tech online magazine puts it, More Trees Planted in Oregon's Solar Forest:

The news that Sanyo plans to build a silicon ingot and wafer manufacturing facility in Salem, OR, is the latest solar win for the northwest U.S. state, which has become one of the country's major photovoltaic manufacturing areas. Published reports suggest that several companies are looking hard at Oregon for their planned facilities, as the state continues its quest for renewable-energy industrial development.

This article goes on to talk about Solaicx (Portland) and Peak Sun Silicon (Salem) making next-generation polysilicon, Solar World (Hillsboro and Vancouver) and now Sanyo fabricating ingots and wafers, Solar World and Intel spinout SpectraWatt (Hillsboro) building or ramping solar-cell production plants, and thin-film PV start-up XsunX (Portland).


New Pringle Creek houses on Green + Solar Tour

In anticipation of the 2008 Green + Solar tour on October 4 the Statesman Journal ran a nice article, "Shades of Green," in their Real Living section. The article includes several photos of houses that will be on the tour, including the photo below.

Salem's tour is one of more than a dozen around the state this fall designed to show off solar energy and green living and part of the National Solar Tour day Oct. 4. The nonprofit Solar Oregon touts Oregon's tours as the biggest events of their kind in the nation.

The event is a great opportunity to learn about sustainable living, said James Santana, director of education and community development at Pringle Creek Community.

"It's homeowners talking to other homeowners, learning from one another," he said.

Susan and Alan Wilson's kitchen includes Energy Star appliances and sustainable materials including recycled-glass countertops and Forest Steward Council-certified wood floors

Here is sign-up information, here is the Green + Solar Tour web page.