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 customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family service, were committed not only to our clients but to being good stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, terrific grand son. That commitment to sustainability has prompted Baumans to progressively purchase energy performance for more than a decade– cutting yearly natural gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and providing annual energy cost savings of roughly $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to install 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 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse remains rather consistent,” said Bauman.
The greenhouse is expected to conserve an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs compared to single-wall building and construction because of twin-wall technology. Baumans got an Energy Trust of Oregon money reward of $2,400 to help offset the included expense.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take advantage of Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Feel confident, well be doing more jobs in the future,” stated Bauman.
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