Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Established by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of supplying trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household organization, were committed not just to our customers but to being great stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths fantastic, fantastic grandson. That commitment to sustainability has prompted Baumans to progressively purchase energy effectiveness for more than a decade– cutting yearly natural gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering yearly energy cost savings of roughly $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install a new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse supplier OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a large area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse remains rather constant,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing exceptional light quality for plant development. Roofing vents in each bay allow for natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans strategies to set up in the future.
The greenhouse is expected to conserve an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs compared to single-wall construction since of twin-wall innovation. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash reward of $2,400 to help offset the added cost.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Rest ensured, well be doing more projects in the future,” stated Bauman.
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