Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded 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 household company, were devoted not just to our clients but to being good stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, great grand son. That dedication to sustainability has actually prompted Baumans to progressively invest in energy performance for more than a years– cutting yearly natural gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing annual energy expense savings of roughly $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to set up a brand-new greenhouse, Baumans connected to greenhouse supplier OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a big area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains rather continuous,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying exceptional light quality for plant development. Roofing system vents in each bay enable for 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.
Because of twin-wall innovation, the greenhouse is expected to save an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help balance out the included cost.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We make the most of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Feel confident, well be doing more tasks in the future,” stated Bauman.
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