Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Established by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of providing trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to consumers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household service, were devoted not only to our clients but to being good stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths fantastic, terrific grand son. That dedication to sustainability has triggered Baumans to steadily invest in energy performance for more than a years– cutting yearly natural gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering yearly energy expense savings of around $42,200.
In 2015, when it was time to install 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 area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse stays quite continuous,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing exceptional light quality for plant growth. Roof vents in each bay permit 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.
Since of twin-wall innovation, the greenhouse is anticipated to save an approximated $10,700 in yearly gas expenses compared to single-wall building. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash reward of $2,400 to assist offset the included expense.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take advantage of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Feel confident, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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