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 clients throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family company, were committed not only to our clients but to being great stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, great grand son. That dedication to sustainability has triggered Baumans to steadily invest in energy performance for more than a years– cutting yearly gas use by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing annual energy cost savings of around $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to set up a 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 space 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, offering exceptional light quality for plant development. Roofing system vents in each bay enable natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Baumans strategies to set up in the future.
Because of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is expected to conserve an estimated $10,700 in annual gas costs compared to single-wall building and construction. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon money reward of $2,400 to assist balance out the added cost.
Baumans has actually gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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