Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of offering trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household company, were dedicated not just to our customers but to being excellent stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, fantastic grandson. That dedication to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to steadily buy energy performance for more than a decade– cutting annual gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy expense savings of approximately $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install a brand-new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient model made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a large area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse stays rather consistent,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying outstanding light quality for plant development. Roofing system vents in each bay enable natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans plans to set up in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an estimated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building because of twin-wall innovation. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to assist offset the added expense.
Baumans has actually gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Feel confident, well be doing more tasks in the future,” said Bauman.
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