Tim with Spectra Construction working hard! Vertical strips behind him keep the siding off the wall allowing any moisture to drain away instead of be trapped. This is called a rainscreen -- helps protect the life of the wall and prevent mold growth typically found in conventionally built wall systems. Rainscreens are now code for new construction in Oregon!


Urban Farmer Certification: Irrigation Basics

Last Saturday, the Urban Farmer Certification class gathered in Painters Hall to learn about the science of water and its role in plant propagation. Instructor Val Tancredi of Stettler Supply Company led the class in a discussion of the benefits of drip irrigation, and then directed the class to the garden where they installed the entire drip system for the 5000 sq. ft. space.

Contact Shannon at shannon@pringlecreek.com if you would like more information on the Urban Farmer Certification, or to join the wait list for next year!


Leslie Middle School Plant Sale

Leslie Middle School students are hosting another great plant sale in the greenhouse, starting Monday, May 16th and running until Saturday, May 21st. All plant starts, including tomatoes, marigolds and peppers, are $.50. Stop by anytime 9am-4pm M-F and 9am-1pm Saturday! All proceeds go toward building raised beds in the Leslie Middle School garden.

Contact shannon@pringlecreek.com for more information.


Framing walls

FSC plywood, 2x4s and 2x6 wall studs!


Morningside Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

Morningside Annual Meeting happening right now! Great group of concerned citizens working to make Salem neighborhoods better.


Concrete pour

Moving forward with the Alder house, concrete pour today!


New construction

Two new homes under construction with a third on the way! These will be 1,100 sqft, 2BD 2BTH, LEED Gold certified cottage homes, with whole house fire suppression and ground source heat pump heating and cooling (we're talking a $350 annual heating and AC bill). Call James if you want to learn more or to stay posted on the progress 503-315-1055.

Greenroof action

Our greenroofs are responding to the longer days and warmer weather! And new growth is beginning to unfurl. It is literally exploding with life up there. Really neat to see the specialty native lilies like the camas and tiger poking through the thick carpet of native sedums. It is a very dynamic and textured roof! Look for more photos in coming weeks when everything starts to bloom.

Cover crop

Crimson clover planted last fall made for an excellent cover crop this year! Kept most of the weeds out and captured nitrogen from the air. We will cut and work back into the soil next week or so. Interested in community gardening? Contact Shannon at 503-315-1055 or stop by the Conservatory.


Pringle Creek Community Featured in 1000 Friends of Oregon Newsletter

A few weeks ago, we spent a gorgeous afternoon (one of the few sunny days in April!) with Craig Beebe and Eric Stachon of 1000 Friends of Oregon. Check out Craig's writeup in their latest Oregon Stories newsletter.

1000 Friends of Oregon is a wonderful organization that works to protect Oregon forests and natural areas and promote livable neighborhoods. The group has been around for over 35 years, and we are honored to be included in their latest newsletter focusing on walkable, livable communities.