Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Established by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of providing trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to consumers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household business, were devoted not just to our customers however to being excellent 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 buy energy effectiveness for more than a decade– cutting yearly gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy expense savings of roughly $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install a brand-new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse supplier OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient model 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, providing exceptional light quality for plant growth. Roofing system vents in each bay allow for natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Baumans plans to set up in the future.
Because of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is expected to save an estimated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building and construction. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to assist balance out the added cost.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Feel confident, well be doing more jobs in the future,” said Bauman.
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