About Peggy Farabaugh

Peggy Farabaugh
She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

I’m horrified that Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources’ (ANR) is proposing to establish All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails on state land.  I wrote a letter to the editor of our local Brattleboro Paper, The Reformer and also wrote to Warren Coleman, head of ANR.  I’m asking our friends and customers to do the same. 

Here’s the situation, as I see it. In spite of much research that’s been done to characterize the extent of damage that ATVs do to our environment, the political leaders at ANR trudge ahead in encouraging and expanding their use.  Even if you want to put science aside, plain common sense reveals that noisy, gas-powered ATVs are polluting our air and water, damaging our land and disturbing our wildlife.  No one legitimately disputes that. Clearly ANRs decision is not about conservation.  

We all know that expanding ATV use is bad for the environment.  The decision is about Vermont's economy.  In the short term, one might argue that it's good for the economy and will bring in ATV tourists from neighboring states.  However, ANR must consider the negative, long term economic effects that go with such a decision.  Vermonters have worked hard over the years, and indeed generations, to establish a clean, green state that values environmental conservation over short-term economic gain.  

Vermont's green identity or brand, if you will, has great value in terms of tourism, green products and green businesses.  

 

Please urge ANR to consider the damage they will be doing to Vermont's green brand by increasing the use of ATVs in our state.  The long term consequences of such a decision will be devastating to the state's economy and wildlife, as well as to the quality of our air, water and land.  

 

There is still time to email ANR and say NO to Establishment of ATV Trails on State land.  Send your email to warren.coleman@state.vt.us today.  The deadline for comments is Monday, June 22.

 

Thanks for your help in keeping Vermont clean and green!

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Satisfied_customer Another satisfied customer.  There is nothing in the world that makes our job more rewarding than receiving testimonials from our customers.  This week, we got word from 7 year old Isiah, who received a Vermont Woods Studios full size, solid cherry, Mission Style Bed as a Christmas present from his Grandmother, Annette.   She reports Isiah’s accolades:

“Farmor, I love my bed!   I’ve got the best bed of anyone I know.  And I got the best sleep ever.  Farmor, there will never be another twin size bed in this house!”

Well, thanks for your feedback, Annette and Isiah.  We are thrilled to have you join our Satisfied Customer’s Club.  May you have a lifetime of comfortable nights sleep on your new bed, Isiah!

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As you might imagine at a furniture store, we spend a lot of time with our customers, getting to know their needs and preferences and budgets.  It used to be that needs and preferences came first in our discussion,  but in this time of recession, the budget is almost always the main thing on peoples’ minds.  At Vermont Woods Studios we’re responding to that and looking for all sorts of ways to add value to our product, while keeping the prices affordable.  Whenever we can, we’re placing items on our Furniture Sale page and leaving them there longer than planned, if customers request that.  We’ll talk about other ways we’re working with you to create the very best furniture value for your money in the next few posts.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re shopping on our sustainable furniture website and looking for ways to save.  We’re always happy to help.

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Our talented craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios have been hard at work, designing creative, new eco friendly, green furniture for you in 2009.  We'll plan to showcase some of our new arrivals on our blog.  Each piece is handcrafted here in Vermont from green, environmentally friendly wood that has been sustainably harvested from local and regional forests employing responsible forest management plans.  Our handmade furniture features natural, non-toxic finishes and customers can choose from a water-based lacquer or a natural oil finish.  Most furniture pieces are made to order, so customers have the luxury of customizing their tables, chairs, beds and cabinets if needed.  Small customizations like adding-subtacting an inch or two to make a piece fit into your space, or changing the wood species or finish are often done free of charge. 

How do you like our new Modern Rectangular Dining-Conference Table and Chairs shown here in natural cherry wood?  It's a more contemporary look than much of our furniture that tends to be of a Shaker-type design, but I think it's beautiful.  I can't wait for someone to purchase the first set and send us a picture of it, all installed in their dining room.  We'll post it here on the blog, if they agree!

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 Vermonters are a resilient people.  Out of the ashes of Annette's farmhouse, come her many exciting ideas and plans for a brand new, greener replica of the c. 1814 Vernon landmark we all know and love so well.  We'll plan to chronicle Annette's progress here on our
Vermont Woods Studios blog as she meets with the areas most talented green architects and builders and moves towards her vision of a natural, organic farmhouse that blends traditional Vermont style with modern, energy-efficient design.  Have a look at Annette in her temporary quarters…a mobile home that the insurance company provided so she can still be on the farm and take care of her animals.  It even matches the old farmhouse!  Life is good.

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