Garden action

Students helped harvest the last of the peppers, tomatoes, and pumpkins -- a little till and Shannon will plant the red clover cover crop before tomorrow's rain. First time operating a rototiller!


Leslie Middle School Learning Garden!

We recently partnered with Leslie Middle School to establish the Leslie Middle School Learning Garden. Led by Leslie teacher Consuelo Kammerer, the students visit the Pringle Creek Conservatory a few times a week to learn useful gardening skills.

Leslie Middle School students plant organic broccoli and cabbage in the Conservatory.

Throughout the fall and winter, the students are cultivating winter greens in a raised bed in one of the greenhouses, and growing garlic outside on a portion of the community garden space. The project is the first aspect of Pringle Creek's new Conservatory objective to teach people, particularly children and young adults, how to grow their own food.

In the Learning Garden students will experience the connection between the classroom curriculum and the garden environment firsthand, giving them a deep understanding of the processes involved in sustainable agriculture. We just got started and we'll post more photos as we go! If you are interested in learning more, contact shannon@pringlecreek.com

Salem Green Professionals

This is a group we think is really great: a social network in town for young professionals specifically involved or wanting to be involved in the sustainable business movement.

What's cool is that so far each tour site has been hosted by a fellow Salem Green Professional -- Painters Hall (James), Sequential-Pacific Biodiesel (Tyson), Wildwood-Mahonia (Travis), Zena Forest Products (Ben), Wandering Aengus Ciderworks (another James), and now Organic Fresh Fingers (Evann). It's an awesome group of people! To get on the email list, contact salemgreenprofessionals@gmail.com

For our November gathering, Salem Green Professional and entrepreneur Evann Remington, Founder and CEO of Organic Fresh Fingers, will provide a tour of her company's production kitchen on Broadway. Organic Fresh Fingers provides fresh, local, natural and organic, high-quality foods for kids, childcare facilities, and schools in Oregon, and can be found on the shelves of Roth's, Lifesource, and several large Portland supermarkets.

We will gather at the Kitchen and learn about the Organic Fresh Fingers business philosophy, commitment to environmental and social responsibility, their products & processes, the importance of nutrition in child development, as well as how our food choices impact the environment.

Organic Fresh Fingers has become the expert on the National School Lunch Program and why so many school districts in the U.S. struggle to feed kids fresh, healthy food – come with your questions!

Salem Green Professionals

November 4th, 2010


1010 Broadway NE -- just north of downtown Salem on the corner of Broadway and E streets (not too far from Boone's Treasury).

Please bring your own glass or cup, and something to share (food or a drink).

Salem Green Professionals is a social and educational group focused on young professionals involved or wanting to be involved in the sustainable industry. We meet once every other month at different sustainable sites in Salem for a a tour and presentation about the site’s sustainable business practices, followed by some socializing. Feel free to pass this invitation to others who might be interested.

The future is bright: Oona, the official mascot of Organic Fresh Fingers (Evann and Gavin's daughter), enjoying chocolate covered strawberries....


October photos!

Here are some recent shots from around the neighborhood. Such beautiful Fall weather right now!

Fariborz's "Round House" is almost wrapped up, here is a shot of the front.

The countertops in his kitchen just went in yesterday.

South-facing windows provide natural daylighting, views and warmth (he also has a very comfortable radiant heating polished concrete floor).

The ceiling and skylight, viewed from the first floor. Nice spot to watch clouds moving overhead.

A spontaneous wine party at the Roots Cellar. We stayed until dark!

Sun and shadows on the west side of the Roots Cellar.

Sunlight coming through the fir grove, part of 12 acres of open space, parks and trails shared by the neighbors.


Pringle Creek & Salmon Safe Event

This is a great event and will include a presentation by James Meyer, partner at Opsis Architecture, and Master Planner of Pringle Creek Community. It's an excellent opportunity to learn about sustainable design and the pressing need to reduce our impact on our watersheds.

Please join us at Salmon in the City, a free public event highlighting recent innovations in ecologically sustainable design as well as the latest research on urban stormwater runoff and the fate of salmon.

UO Portland Center -- White Stag Building
70 NW Couch Street, Portland

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Presentations from 4:30–6:00pm
Wine Tasting with Willamette Valley Vineyards 6:00–7:00pm

Presented by:
Salmon-Safe, UO Graduate School of Architecture, Metro

The event includes Nat Scholz, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries, presenting new stormwater research; Metro, with its regional vision for greener cities and innovative, salmon-friendly design in on-the-ground projects; and presentations from UO's innovative studio collaborations bridging architecture, business and ecology, including examples of new urban ecological innovations both at home and abroad. Salmon-Safe will unveil the first certified Salmon-Safe residential development.

For more information, please contact Dan at Salmon-Safe
503.232.3750 or info@salmonsafe.org


Bradbury lecture kicks off Climate Masters training at Painters Hall on 10/12

Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center is holding a Climate Masters Training Program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 12 at Painters Hall. At 7 p.m. former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will give a talk. He has spoken about climate change hundreds of times in the past few years.

Bradbury’s talk is free and open to the public. No RSVP required for the talk, but space is limited and individuals will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Climate Masters is a 10-week training program developed by the Climate Leadership Initiative at Univ. of Oregon. It was modeled after the Master Gardener/Recycler programs and provides participants with 30 hours of in-depth, how-to knowledge on climate science and on ways to use resources wisely and reduce carbon emissions.

All the classes will be held at Painter's Hall. After Tuesday’s kickoff, Climate Masters classes will be every Monday from Oct. 18th - Dec. 20th at 6:00. The cost of the Climate Masters program is $25. If you're interested, email Alexandra at alexandra@fselc.org or call 503-391-4145 or visit www.fselc.org.


Green + Solar Tour a great success

This year's Green + Solar Tour was the best we've had in four years -- incredible tour sites and enthusiastic tour participants -- an all-around quality event. Thanks to our sponsors for helping make it happen!

Also a big thanks to homeowners and project site tour guides, who took their entire Saturday off to share their knowledge with others. Overall we had 200 people on this year's tour! More than 90 packed in to hear Nathan's greenbuilding presentation at 9am, and ten local vendors and organizations had great conversations with tour participants out on the deck of Painters Hall. Tour sites had a steady stream of people all day. One homeowner told me he basically was talking for five and half hours nonstop, with barely a breath between. He had to eventually just eat his lunch in front of everyone!

The tour is a very effective way to advance green building in our area. Nathan Good observed that "by walking through and directly witnessing a green home, the concerns and doubts about building green morph into opportunities and aspirations." That's what it's all about....

If you weren't able to make the tour this year, here is is a glimpse of the brochure/ticket in case you weren't able to come...

If you would like to sign up to receive a Quarterly Newsletter from Pringle Creek that will let you know about events like these, you can sign up here http://www.pringlecreek.com/learnmore.htm You can also join the Straub Environmental Learning Center's monthly email list, which outlines all the programs, events and opportunities happening in Salem. http://www.fselc.org/contact.html