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 consumers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family service, were committed not only to our clients however to being good stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, excellent grand son. That commitment to sustainability has triggered Baumans to gradually invest in energy performance for more than a decade– cutting annual gas usage by an approximated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy cost savings of roughly $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to install 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 two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature level in the greenhouse remains quite constant,” stated Bauman.
Since of twin-wall innovation, the greenhouse is expected to save an estimated $10,700 in yearly gas costs compared to single-wall construction. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon money incentive of $2,400 to help offset the added expense.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We take advantage of Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Feel confident, well be doing more jobs in the future,” stated Bauman.
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