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 family service, were devoted not only to our customers however to being great stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, fantastic grandson. That dedication to sustainability has triggered Baumans to progressively buy energy performance for more than a years– cutting yearly natural gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy expense savings of around $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install a new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a big space with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains quite constant,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing excellent light quality for plant growth. Roofing vents in each bay permit natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Baumans plans to install in the future.
Since of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an estimated $10,700 in annual natural gas expenses compared to single-wall construction. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help balance out the added expense.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We benefit from Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more tasks in the future,” stated Bauman.
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