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 consumers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family service, were dedicated not only to our clients however to being great stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths fantastic, excellent grandson. That dedication to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to gradually invest in energy effectiveness for more than a years– cutting annual gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy expense savings of around $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to install a brand-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 big area with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains quite consistent,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, offering exceptional light quality for plant growth. Roof vents in each bay permit 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 building because of twin-wall technology. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help balance out the added cost.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more jobs in the future,” stated Bauman.
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