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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:                    Peggy Farabaugh
Phone Number:            802-579-1302
Email Address:            Info@VermontWoodsStudios.com

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VERNON, VT — October 17, 2008 – Vermont Woods Studios’ new website (VermontWoodsStudios.com) was singled out by leading furniture opinion makers at FurnitureQuest.com as the furniture website of the year.
“OK, we don’t actually have a Furniture Website of the Year Award. However if we did, the folks at VermontWoodsStudios.com would unquestionably be the winners!” says author, Joe McKean, General Manager of well-known furniture blog, FurnitureQuest.com.  “This has to be the most impressive website we have seen in years and they specialize in Fine Furniture Made of Sustainable Resources that is Made in America. How can we not be enthusiastic about that?”

Started in response to a business plan competition sponsored by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation BDCC, Vermont Woods Studios is a cooperative, community-oriented online marketing and sales venue that promotes collaboration and efficiency amongst Vermont’s many small custom furniture makers. The company strives to be a more affordable means of promoting the groups natural, eco friendly, artisan furniture to buyers outside of Vermont.  Today, the website offers a tremendous variety of furniture, crafted by artisans from all over Vermont, with price ranges from affordable to ultra-luxury.

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“It’s the only furniture site on the web that allows buyers to customize their furniture to their exact specifications, often at little or no additional cost,” says Customer Service Specialist, Jan Bennett. “Can you imagine going into Neiman Marcus or Restoration Hardware and asking them to make your dining room table an inch taller or 3.5 inches wider?  Or telling them you’d like to have it in solid, natural cherry instead of the oak veneer model they have on the floor?

At VermontWoodsStudios.com, we make each piece of furniture to order and can easily make modifications to suit our customers’ needs.  Custom furniture is now a luxury available to families who might never have considered it previously.”

The company’s dedication to environmentally friendly sourcing and processing is discussed in their furniture blog, http://vermontwoodsstudios.typepad.com.  “Did you know that 20% of global warming is caused by the destruction of the rainforest?” says owner/operator, Peggy Farabaugh.  “You could be contributing to global warming by unknowingly purchasing imported furniture or flooring made from illegally harvested mahogany or teak that’s been clear cut from the fragile tropical rainforest ecosystem.  In our blog, we provide news, tips and advice to help eco conscious consumers purchase beautiful, affordable, heirloom-quality furniture that is certified as sustainable by independent, non-profit agencies like the Forest Stewardship Council FSC.”

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Media contact:
Jan Bennett at
802-579-1302
greenmission.vt@gmail.com

Acknowledgements:
Tina DuBosque, Ecommerce specialist, E-tegrity Consulting
Barb Ackemann, Web Developer, IrisLines Designs

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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Back in September of 2006, Vermont Woods Studios was fortunate to be able to join with a small group of visionary leaders in today's furniture industry in developing the foundation for the Sustainable Furniture Council.  Since then, this non-profit organization has grown rapidly and has tasked itself with
promoting sustainable practices world-wide, among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and
consumers alike.  Members of the SFC pledge their commitment to the following best practices agreement:

We agree with the Sustainable Furniture Council’s beliefs and goals, and
commit to supporting the organization in affecting positive change. We
understand the importance of the triple bottom line profit assessment of
PEOPLE-PLANET-PROFITS representing a healthy balance between social equity,
environmental concerns and local economies.

We seek continual improvement in our products, practices and operations, and
commit to the SFC’s Core Values as summarized:

1. We seek legally-logged wood from vendors who have a verifiable chain of
custody

2. We reduce unsustainable raw resources and known toxic substances in all
phases of our business

3. We recycle in our operations, purchase recycled content and create
recyclable products

4. We reduce and reuse packing/packaging materials and reduce transportation
needs

5. We learn about Life Cycle Analysis as the best measure of a product’s
environmental impact

6. We educate our customers on sustainability and supply them with
meaningful certifications

7. We partner with our employees in making choices for sustainability,
including personal and company energy reductions, paying a Living Wage, and
maintaining high safety standards

8. We contribute to the economic and environmental health of our local and
global communities

This confirms our commitment to advancing sustainable practices throughout
the home furnishings industry.

Prior to making your next furniture purchase, check with your retailer to see if they are members of the SFC.  If not, ask them to join.  The solution starts with each one of us.

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.

Vermont-woods-studios-online-store It’s exciting to report that, after many months of re-design and re-work, our new website is finally up and running.  Many thanks to Tina DuBosque of e-tegrity consulting, llc and Barb Ackemann of Iris Lines Design.  Have a look at the new Vermont Woods Studios site and let us know what you think.  We’ve added many beautiful new eco furniture pieces as well as enhanced functionality to the website.  Now you can navigate and search the site easier and compare prices, dimensions and features.  You can easily customize your furniture too, using drop down menus that allow adjustment of size, style, finish and even shipping / delivery options.  Still, don’t hesitate to give us a call while you’re shopping online.  There are so many details and options when purchasing furniture.  We’re here to give you suggestions and advice and perhaps offer solutions you never knew were possible.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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.

At Vermont Woods Studios our fundamental mission, as wooden furniture makers is to help steward the earth's forests. Did you know that worldwide, forest destruction generates more greenhouse gas emissions each year than do all the trains, planes and cars on the planet (ref:The Rainforest Foundation)?  Fully 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by forest destruction each year. 

Here's something you can do to help save the rainforest and fight global warming. Don't buy tropical rainforest woods unless they are certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC (FSC is an independent third party certifier and is considered the gold seal of approval for responsibly harvested wood).  Tropical woods are those like Brazilian cherry, teak and mahogany and they are most commonly used in outdoor furniture, luxury high-end indoor furniture, architectural moldings and flooring.  Think twice before you purchase that exotic flooring from Lumber Liquidators!  Buy furniture and flooring that is crafted of local, sustainably-harvested woods, like cherry, maple, oak and walnut instead and you will be doing your part to help stop global climate change.

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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Here's another insiders tip for leaf peepers visiting Vermont this Fall.  The annual Vermont Wood Design Competition Awards Reception is being held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Woodstock, Vermont at the
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's new LEED-certified, "Green" Forest Center (directions).  The reception will feature this year's award-winning handcrafted furniture and wood accessories created by the world-class furniture-makers of Vermont.  Meet and mingle with the artisans. Whether you aim to purchase, commission or just admire their work, this will be an elegant evening to remember.  Live music and refreshments provided.  And don't forget to stop by the  Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival  on Saturday, September 27 & Sunday or September 28,
2008  from 10am to 5 pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT while you're here (see previous entry). 
  Vermont Woods Studios will be at both of these woodworking events and we hope you will too.

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.