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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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.

Today is one of those rare– but all too frequent– days in Vernon, VT when the power is out.  Who knows why?  I don’t think this happens more in the country than in the city, but perhaps it just takes longer to get mobilized out here to fix things.  Anyway, here we are in our offices, our trusty generator humming away (which doesn’t seem very Green) and things seem to be working fine.  Please forgive if the phones are a little backed up today.  Email is working well, so feel free to give us a shout that way. We’ll call you as soon as we can.  Ah, life in the country…

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.

Hallway_table_2This coming weekend, October 26-28 brings the annual Fine Furnishings and Fine Craft Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.  If you’re in the area, don’t miss this opportunity to see, up close and personal, some of the world’s finest handcrafted furniture.  If you’ve not attended before, I promise you will be awestruck.

The craftsmanship and creativity on display is unbelievably varied and best of all, the artisans themselves will be there to meet people and chat about their work.  Vermont will have a large pavilion at the show where our artisans will display. We invite you to stop by to see and touch some of these beautiful pieces.  Last year, our very own Daniel Omondi won Best in Show for his hand carved mahogany sofa table. Who knows what might be in store for us this year…

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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.

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Meg Flaherty, the woman behind Peggy’s Blog at Vermont Woods Studios is pleased to introduce herself. Meg has been working with Peggy on developing Vermont Woods Studios since the beginning of the old website and is proud to lend a helping hand with the new expansion. She will monitor the content of the new blog and pass your comments along to Peggy, serving as facilitator, but also, as the story of Vermont Woods Studios grows, expanding her role as an interviewer and commentator, a link from us to you. A graduate of Smith College, Meg has been an avid student of Nature Writing, Environmental History and Environmental Ethics, among other things, and truly admires and respects the big bite VWS has taken out of the Green movement.

Our real mission at VWS is to change the world: save the rainforests, stem Global Warming, preserve the individual artisan’s role in a modern economy… Beautiful, hand-crafted, eco-friendly Green furniture is but a logical and timely vehicle to accomplish those goals. We hope this blog will help bring our company together with those who support our mission, so together we can make a deeper, more united impact. We would like to share the ever more compelling story behind our mission with you so that when you come to us for furniture, you know you’re getting exactly what you pay for.

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.