The recent article, “Pringle Creek greenhouses get a facelift: Historical structures produce food and unite community, is all about Pringle Creek’s two 1930s-era greenhouses being back in operation. The Statesman Journal reporter, Rachel Bucci, came out and talked with James Santana. He is quoted throughout the article.

One of the highlights of the article: an announcement that the Painters Hall Café is open! “For now Painters Hall Café, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, offers brewed and French press coffee (a Craigslist procured espresso maker is getting a tune-up), tea and Wild Pear box lunches if you call ahead. There is also wi-fi and an incomparable setting — a sunny deck, the soft rustling of trees along Pringle Creek, and a great view of the newly restored greenhouses.”

Below are a few paragraphs about the partnerships Pringle Creek has with some local nonprofits:


At Pringle Creek’s first community garden, up and running since 2005, community members and neighbors tend the plots, with extra produce donated to Marion Polk Food Share.The now fully functioning greenhouses have enabled Pringle Creek to have an even larger impact with the Food Share. This year they used to start flats and flats of vegetables that have since been distributed and planted at MPFS sites across the region.

Another partnership, between Pringle Creek and Shangri-La’s LEAP program (Life Enrichment and Activities Program), is giving developmentally disabled adult volunteers an opportunity to grow flower baskets. Three days a week the volunteers tend the baskets of fuchsia and purple hued petunias, while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

“They’ve really enjoyed going down and having time to work with the plants,” says project coordinator and Shangri-La’s business developer Sandi Bjorkman. “Right from the get-go, they planted seeds, have been watching them grow and nurturing them. It’s been quite a process and they are really enjoying it.”

Santana says that some of the flower baskets will be displayed around the Pringle Creek community, while others may be sold to the public with proceeds benefiting Shangri-La.

“James Santana stands at a restored
greenhouse at the former Fairview Training Center property in South Salem.”