About 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.

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Last week
while I was at the Providence Fine Furnishing Show I was lucky enough to meet
Brian Boggs and Scott Landis of GreenWood/Madera Verde. Both gentlemen were
instrumental in establishing a community-based sustainable forestry initiative
in Latin America whose mission is to increase the value of the forest to its
inhabitants through appropriate woodworking technology. As with our project with
LaChonta in Bolivia, the GreenWood affiliated forest dwellers are able to earn
more by managing their forest than they would make from conventional agriculture
or destructive logging.  Since GreenWood’s inception in 1993, It has trained
more than 40 artisans, adding to the forest economy of more than five different
communities. Employing mainly handtools and lesser known wood species, these
artisans have produced a wide range of furniture, craft products and boat and
guitar parts.  I spoke to Brian and Scott about importing some of these products to make available to our customers, but GreenWood is not yet able to accomodate our needs.  Perhaps in the future.

We commend
Brian and Scott and thank them for their hard work and impressive results.  And
BRAVO, Brian for winning Best in Show for an individual piece at Providence! 
And BRAVO Scott for your
excellent books on woodworking.  Best of luck with GreenWood.

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.

Do you want to change the world?  I remember about 10 years ago, when I was searching for a way to do my part, I started a non-profit– Kids Saving the Planet– with the goal of providing environmental education activities (both locally and online) for children and their parents.  After a couple years, I realized that KSP alone, was not going to get me where I wanted to go.  That’s when I started developing Vermont Woods Studios.  I needed the power and flexibility of Green Commerce to be able to move ahead at the right speed and in the direction I wanted to go. 

If you are someone who’s considering establishing a Green Business, check out http://www.greenbusiness.net.  It’s a place where you can connect and collaborate with other Green Entrepreneurs. Together we can make a difference.  Environmentalist, entrapreneur, journalist and author, Paul Hawken puts it this way:  "Business is the only mechanism on the planet today, powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global, environmental and social degredation." 

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.

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The Giant Sequoias of California, the most massive and magestic trees on our planet, are in real and imminent danger.  Many of these living, breathing giants are as ancient as 3400 years old, measuring over 35 feet in diameter, and reaching as tall as 25 stories. In 1400 BC and they were mere seedlings; they had reached the ripe young age of 75 when King Tut was entombed and they reached their adolescence just as the Great Wall of China was being built. 

These amazing works of nature’s art need our help.  They need protection from impending commercial logging operations and other environmentally corrupt lobbies.  You can (and should!) weigh in and voice your opinion to your House and Senate leaders at the Sierra Club’s petition site.

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.

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I know some
people who are so organized they have already completed
their Christmas and holiday shopping. They do it piece by piece all
throughout the year, picking up the perfect gift whenever opportunity strikes. I envy and admire them, of course, but unfortunately cannot consider myself
one of their ranks. Holiday shopping never finds its way to the top of my priorities. 

However, over the past several years I have been happily rescued by non-profit
organizations like the World Wildlife
Fund
who provide
easy and thoughtful gift giving ideas that support their conservation efforts and
help save some of the world’s most endangered animals from extinction.

One of my
favorites is WWF’s Animal Adoption Certificate.  For a $25 donation, WWF will send your gift recipient a
beautiful, frameable color photo of the endangered animal of your choice and an
official certificate of adoption.  You can help save
polar bears, cheetahs, pandas, blue whales, blue footed boobies and 50 other
endangered species. These are great gifts for all of us shopping for those-people-who-already-have-everything and really won’t care about getting another goofy tie or pair of
slippers. 

Check it out and let us know what you think.  We’d love to hear your
ideas about this kind of gift giving. 

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.

Wangari Maathai is an environmentalist activist who later became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004: 

"In my own part of the world, I keep telling people, let us not cut trees irresponsibly.  Let us not destroy especially the forested mountains. Because if you destroy the forests on these mountains, the rivers will stop flowing and the rains will become irregular and the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation. Now the problem is, people dont make those linkages." 

However, thanks to Maathai's Green Belt Movement,that is all changing as she works to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace. 

Read more about Wangari's important environmental initiatives, like People for the Planet.

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.