Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Established by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of offering trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household business, were committed not only to our clients however to being good stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, great grand son. That dedication to sustainability has prompted Baumans to progressively buy energy performance for more than a decade– cutting annual gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy expense savings of around $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 large space with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains rather continuous,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying exceptional light quality for plant growth. Roofing vents in each bay enable 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.
The greenhouse is expected to conserve an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs compared to single-wall construction because of twin-wall technology. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon money incentive of $2,400 to help balance out the added cost.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Feel confident, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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