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 business, were devoted not only to our clients but to being great stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths excellent, terrific grandson. That commitment to sustainability has actually prompted Baumans to gradually buy energy efficiency for more than a years– cutting annual gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy cost savings of roughly $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to install a brand-new greenhouse, Baumans connected to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a large area with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse stays quite consistent,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing excellent light quality for plant development. Roof vents in each bay enable for natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans strategies to install in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an estimated $10,700 in annual natural gas expenses compared to single-wall construction because of twin-wall innovation. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to assist offset the added expense.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take advantage of Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Rest ensured, well be doing more tasks in the future,” said Bauman.
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