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 organization, were dedicated not just to our customers but to being excellent stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, great grandson. That commitment to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to gradually purchase energy efficiency for more than a decade– cutting annual gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy cost savings of approximately $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 big area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains rather continuous,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing outstanding light quality for plant growth. 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 set up in the future.
The greenhouse is expected to conserve an estimated $10,700 in annual natural gas costs compared to single-wall building and construction since of twin-wall technology. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon money incentive of $2,400 to assist offset the added cost.
Baumans has actually received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We benefit from Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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