Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of providing trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to clients throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family organization, were dedicated not just to our consumers however to being excellent stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths fantastic, terrific grandson. That commitment to sustainability has prompted Baumans to progressively purchase energy effectiveness for more than a years– cutting yearly natural gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy cost savings of roughly $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install 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 level in the greenhouse stays rather consistent,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying outstanding light quality for plant growth. Roofing vents in each bay enable natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Baumans strategies to install in the future.
Due to the fact that of twin-wall innovation, the greenhouse is expected to conserve an estimated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs compared to single-wall building. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash reward of $2,400 to help balance out the added cost.
Baumans has actually gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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