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 customers throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a family company, were committed not only to our clients but to being good stewards of the Earth and neighborhood,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths terrific, fantastic grand son. That dedication to sustainability has actually prompted Baumans to progressively invest in energy efficiency for more than a years– cutting annual 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 set up 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 large area with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse stays quite constant,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing exceptional light quality for plant development. Roofing system vents in each bay enable natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans plans to install in the future.
The greenhouse is anticipated to conserve an approximated $10,700 in yearly natural gas costs compared to single-wall construction since of twin-wall innovation. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon money reward of $2,400 to assist offset the added cost.
Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We make the most of Energy Trusts offerings every chance we get. Rest ensured, well be doing more projects in the future,” stated Bauman.
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