Growing greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden


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Founded by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Bauman’s 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 business, we’re committed not only to our customers but to being good stewards of the Earth and community,” said Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeth’s great, great grandson. That commitment to sustainability has prompted Bauman’s to steadily invest in energy efficiency for more than a decade—cutting yearly natural gas use by an estimated 55,000 therms and delivering annual energy cost savings of approximately $42,200.

Last year, when it was time to install a new greenhouse, Bauman’s reached out to greenhouse vendor OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient model made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although it’s a large space with two bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse stays quite constant,” said Bauman. The greenhouse’s polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing excellent light quality for plant growth. Roof vents in each bay allow for natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal curtain, which Bauman’s plans to install in the future.

Because of twin-wall technology, the greenhouse is expected to save an estimated $10,700 in annual natural gas costs compared to single-wall construction. Bauman’s received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentive of $2,400 to help offset the added cost.

Baumans has received more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take advantage of Energy Trust’s offerings every chance we get. Rest assured, we’ll be doing more projects in the future,” said Bauman.

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