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 clients throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family service, were devoted not only to our consumers however to being good stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths excellent, terrific grandson. That dedication to sustainability has prompted Baumans to progressively purchase energy efficiency for more than a decade– cutting annual natural gas usage by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy expense savings of approximately $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 model 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 rather continuous,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, supplying outstanding 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 install in the future.
The greenhouse is expected to conserve an estimated $10,700 in yearly natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building and construction due to the fact that of twin-wall technology. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon money reward of $2,400 to assist balance out the included expense.
Baumans has gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust rewards. “We benefit from Energy Trusts offerings every possibility we get. Rest assured, well be doing more tasks in the future,” said Bauman.
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