Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded 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 family company, were devoted not just to our clients however to being great stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, great grand son. That commitment to sustainability has actually prompted Baumans to progressively buy energy efficiency for more than a years– cutting yearly gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and providing annual energy expense savings of roughly $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to set up a new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse supplier OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a big area with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains quite continuous,” said 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 curtain, which Baumans strategies to install in the future.
Due to the fact that of twin-wall innovation, the greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to assist offset the included expense.
Baumans has actually gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take benefit of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest ensured, well be doing more projects in the future,” stated Bauman.
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