Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Established by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of supplying trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to clients throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family business, were committed not only to our customers however to being excellent stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths fantastic, great grandson. That commitment to sustainability has triggered Baumans to steadily purchase energy performance for more than a decade– cutting annual natural gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy cost savings of approximately $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to set up a new greenhouse, Baumans reached out 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 level in the greenhouse stays quite constant,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, offering excellent light quality for plant development. Roofing vents in each bay enable 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.
Since of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is expected to conserve an estimated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building and construction. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help offset the added cost.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more tasks in the future,” stated Bauman.
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