Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Established by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of offering trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to clients throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household organization, were devoted not just to our clients but to being excellent stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths excellent, fantastic grand son. That commitment to sustainability has actually prompted Baumans to progressively buy energy effectiveness for more than a decade– cutting annual gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy cost savings of approximately $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to set up a new greenhouse, Baumans connected to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient model made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a big space with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse stays quite consistent,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing excellent light quality for plant growth. Roofing vents in each bay enable for natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans strategies to set up in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an estimated $10,700 in annual natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building since of twin-wall innovation. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon cash reward of $2,400 to assist offset the included expense.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more projects in the future,” stated Bauman.
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