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.

As Thanksgiving draws near, we at Vermont Woods Studios pause to reflect and realize how much progress our small community of nature lovers has made towards conserving one of the world's greatest resources, its forests.  True, after just two years in business we are still in our infancy, but we are hard at work everyday introducing our customers to furniture options that are not only sustainable, but also incredibly beautiful, handcrafted, durably designed for generations to come and competitively priced.  We wish to thank each and every one of you who has purchased our furniture, read our blog or just visited our site.  You are the heart of our business and together we are making a difference.  In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Thanks!

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 other day a customer contacted us about a custom bed.  She had seen a similar style in the movie When Harry Met Sally many years ago and has had it on her mind ever since.  What a great excuse for me to watch an old movie!  I stopped by Blockbuster and rented the movie …what a cool bed design!  I contacted Dan Mosheim, a wonderful custom furniture maker, who has made similar beds and asked him to watch the movie too, and get back to our customer with ideas. 

Dan shared with me a photo of a desk that he built, based on the movie Ruthless People, with Bette Midler and Danny DeVito. Pretty interesting isn’t it?

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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We have been very busy trying to find a line of FSC certified furniture for our customers.  I wanted to update you on our progress and see what you thought about this line of  beautiful, high end FSC certified teak furniture.  More to come…

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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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.