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 service, were dedicated not only to our clients however to being great stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, great grandson. That dedication to sustainability has prompted Baumans to progressively invest in energy performance for more than a decade– cutting annual gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing annual energy cost savings of approximately $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to install a brand-new greenhouse, Baumans connected to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient model made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a large area with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse stays quite 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 strategies to set up in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall construction due to the fact that of twin-wall technology. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash reward 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 possibility we get. Feel confident, well be doing more jobs in the future,” stated Bauman.
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