Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of supplying trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to consumers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family company, were committed not only to our consumers however to being excellent stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, terrific grandson. That dedication to sustainability has prompted Baumans to gradually purchase energy performance for more than a decade– cutting yearly natural gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing annual energy expense savings of approximately $42,200.
Last year, 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 space with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse stays quite constant,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying exceptional light quality for plant growth. Roofing vents in each bay allow for natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans strategies to install in the future.
Because of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is expected to save an estimated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs 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 actually gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We make the most of Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more jobs in the future,” said Bauman.
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