Laura DeVito and Jill Snell went to Holding Court bringing two types of green technology. One, was a solar water heating device and the other is a technology we’ve been working on for thousands of years and some may say has shaped how humans interact with the environment, agriculture.  Stop on by for our Open Community event this Saturday, June 24th, from 1 – 4:00pm, to see more green technology and learn what sustainable living is all about. Take guided or self-guided tours of innovative homes and the urban farm as well as learn about construction loans from Umpqua Bank and the Sustainable Living Center (SLC). Oh yes, and there will be ice cream and some outdoor games being played. We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP here.  

Residents opening their homes for Pringle Creek Community event

Photo Credit: Statesman Journal /// Laura DeVito, left, holding a rooftop solar energy water-heating device, and Jill Snell, holding produce and eggs from the garden of the Pringle Creek Community in South Salem, encourage the public to visit Pringle Creek Community on Saturday during a free tour of several homes, the garden and community spaces.

Jill Snell and Laura DeVito eagerly shared information about a free event this Saturday, June 24 at the Pringle Creek Community in South Salem.

Not as big as the Tour of Homes, the Pringle Creek Community event is at the former 275-acre home for the developmentally disabled known as the Fairview Training Center.

The community’s restored old buildings and new homes are part of a master plan that relies on high standards of sustainability. The development, which has a stream running through it, combines centuries-old oak trees and wildlife with energy-efficient homes, community spots, gardens and commercial spaces such as a cafe.

On Saturday, a number of residents of the Pringle Creek Community will open their homes for tours and several of the greenhouses will be open to the public as well.

There is no charge to attend the family friendly event that will feature bocce games, croquet, fruit and vegetable tastings (grown by the Pringle Creek Community’s SLC (sustainable living center), and free ice cream provided by Umpqua Bank.

Located close to Gilgamesh Brewing in south Salem, the neighborhood open house will also feature information about financing a mortgage in the Pringle Creek Community.

The public can either take a self-guided or guided tour of the neighborhood. Maps will be available at the Painters Hall central gathering space from 1 to 4 p.m. at 3911 Village Center Drive SE.