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.

In September, 2006, I was very fortunate to be able to join with Gerry Cooklin , Susan Inglis and a small group of visionary leaders in the furniture industry to talk about the unique status the furniture industry has as the main consumer of the forest’s most precious species. That was the birth of a non-profit now called the Sustainable Furniture Council, FSC. We are now over 100 members strong, all working to educate consumers and promote sustainable practices in our industry.  Vermont Woods Studios is proud to be a founding member of this world-changing group.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Well, first we are careful to ensure that all of Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood. For the most part, we source our wood locally from people we know personally and who adhere to strict environmental laws, policies and guidelines. When a customer requests a tropical wood like mahogany or teak, we ensure it is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is considered the international “Gold Standard” for responsible forestry management and we achieved FSC certification for Vermont Woods Studios in Feb, 2007. We are very careful to use only FSC certified rainforest woods when we us them at all.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Cherry_hutch_buffetvws And that’s how Vermont Woods Studios was born.  Living in Vermont, the fine furniture capital of the world, we saw not just an opportunity, but an imperative to use the elegant, natural furniture produced in our state as a vehicle to help educate consumers about the forest, it’s inhabitants, it’s importance, it’s vulnerability to destruction, and the impact that will have on global warming. And that’s the whole point of this blog. To start a conversation with you and your friends and anyone else you might be willing to reach out and invite to the table—about how we can help change the world by changing the way you think about, and purchase your furniture.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Red_upholstered_heart_shaped_chairs Sorry to interrupt our train of thought on the Manifesto, but this too is very urgent.  What have you done for Valentine's Day?  It's not just for your one true love, you know.  Here's a link to World Wildlife Fund's free Valentine's email cards to help you out in recognizing all the special green people in your life.

Oh and a reminder for those on a more generous budget. You can still surprise the love of your life with the gift of our heart-shaped chair handcrafted by Steve Holman. This figured maple chair with velvety red upholstery can be customized to include your names, date or other creative personal touches. Like your enduring devotion, these heirloom chairs will be around forever – or at least for generations!

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Well, there’s plenty of blame to go around for industries like timber, soy, beef, fertilizer, pesticide and so on.  Those industries need to get going and get on The Green Train too!  And as the highest value-added industry, The Furniture Industry Needs to Step up and Change the Way it Sources Product.  Here’s why:


  1. Much of the clear-cutting of the rainforest is done to produce timber for furniture and flooring. Incredibly, up to 90% of today’s imported furniture-grade wood is illegally harvested, from the rainforest. Look around your house. If you have mahogany or teak furniture that is not certified as sustainably harvested by a third party non-profit such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) it’s a good bet that furniture came from clear-cutting the rainforest.
  2. China has taken over about a third of the world trade in furniture over just the last 8 years, making it the leading importer of timber from tropical rainforests. Logging practices that supply the timber are typically illegal and labor conditions are deplorable. Again, chances are if you’ve purchased furniture in the last 10 years, it was made in China of illegal wood that may have come from as far away as the Amazon in South America. Peter Goodman and Peter Finn of the Washington Post did an informative article on the shocking state of corruption and illegal logging in China and elsewhere.  Read it, then get on board The Green Train!

Vermont Woods Studios Sustainable Furniture

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.