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 company, were dedicated not just to our consumers but to being great stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, excellent grandson. That commitment to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to progressively purchase energy effectiveness for more than a decade– cutting annual gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing yearly energy expense savings of approximately $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to set up a new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a big area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse stays quite continuous,” stated Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying excellent light quality for plant growth. Roofing system 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 save an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs compared to single-wall building and construction. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help balance out the added expense.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We benefit from Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more jobs in the future,” said Bauman.
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