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 customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family organization, were committed not just to our customers however to being excellent stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, excellent grandson. That dedication to sustainability has actually prompted Baumans to gradually purchase energy effectiveness for more than a decade– cutting annual natural gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering yearly energy cost savings of around $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to set up 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 large space with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse remains quite continuous,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing outstanding light quality for plant development. Roofing vents in each bay permit natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans plans to install in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an estimated $10,700 in annual natural gas costs compared to single-wall building since of twin-wall technology. Baumans got 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 rewards. “We benefit from Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Rest assured, well be doing more jobs in the future,” stated Bauman.
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