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 consumers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family company, were devoted not only to our clients but to being excellent stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths fantastic, excellent grand son. That dedication to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to steadily purchase energy efficiency for more than a decade– cutting yearly gas use by an approximated 55,000 therms and delivering yearly energy expense savings of around $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 model made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a large space with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse remains quite consistent,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing exceptional light quality for plant development. Roofing system vents in each bay permit natural ventilation. The gable style has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Baumans plans to install in the future.
The greenhouse is expected to save an approximated $10,700 in annual natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building because of twin-wall innovation. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon money reward of $2,400 to assist balance out the included cost.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We make the most of Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Rest assured, well be doing more jobs in the future,” said Bauman.
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