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 service, were dedicated not only to our consumers however to being excellent stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths excellent, excellent grandson. That dedication to sustainability has prompted Baumans to gradually invest in energy performance for more than a decade– cutting annual gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy expense savings of approximately $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install 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 area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse remains rather consistent,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, offering excellent light quality for plant development. Roof vents in each bay enable natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans plans to install in the future.
Due to the fact that of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is expected to save an approximated $10,700 in annual gas costs compared to single-wall building. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help offset the added expense.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We make the most of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest assured, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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