Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of supplying trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household service, were dedicated not just to our consumers however to being great stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, excellent grandson. That commitment to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to steadily buy energy efficiency for more than a years– cutting yearly natural gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy expense savings of roughly $42,200.
Last year, 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 big area with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse remains quite consistent,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, offering excellent light quality for plant growth. Roofing vents in each bay enable natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Baumans strategies to set up in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to save 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 cash reward of $2,400 to help balance out the added cost.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We benefit from Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest guaranteed, well be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.
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