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.

2015 Accomplishments

Ken and I started this Vermont furniture store 10 years ago with the belief that businesses have a responsibility to make the world a better place.  In developing a company that sells handcrafted wooden furniture we wanted to raise awareness about forest conservation and persuade customers to purchase furniture made from sustainably harvested, North American wood.  A decade later, we’re not naive enough to think we’ve changed the world but perhaps we’ve changed a tiny part of it and that feels good.  Here are some highlights of what our team accomplished this year in support of our local community and our environmental mission:

Plant a Billion Trees Project

 Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: conservation
Vermont Woods Studios was founded on the mission of forest conservation and since the beginning, we’ve partnered with The Nature Conservancy to plant a tree for each order we take.  This year it was well over 1000 trees.

Monarch Habitat Restoration Project

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: habitat restoration
Nina, Peggy and other team members planted native milkweed seeds for a project that’s restoring habitat for monarch butterflies in Southeastern Vermont.

Vernon’s Giving Tree

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: giving back
Megan and other team members worked with officials from the Town of Vernon to provide Christmas gifts to local families in need.

Connecticut River Clean-up

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: river clean up
Ken, Sean and a bunch more team members participated in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) yearly “Source to Sea” trash cleanup of the Connecticut River.  Afterwards we cooled off at Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern 🙂

Meals on Wheels

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: meals on wheels
Kelsey helped Riley deliver Meals on Wheels, an activity this Vermont furniture store has done every Friday since the company was created.

Vermont Food Bank Thanksgiving Project

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We helped the Vermont Food Bank distribute food during the annual “Pack to Give Back” event in Brattleboro this Thanksgiving.

Salamander Conservation

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Vermont Woods Studios supported BEEC (Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center) at their annual Salamander Soiree, an event that raises awareness about amphibian migration. Some team members also went out at night and helped salamanders cross the roads on their journey to local vernal pools.

River Arts Gallery Auction

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We donated a handmade wooden bed to the annual River Gallery Arts fundraiser in Brattleboro.

Wags to Riches Auction

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Vermont Woods Studios donated a 3-Day weekend stay at Stratton Mountain Resort and a beautiful POLYWOOD Adirondack chair to the annual Wags to Riches fundraiser for the Windham County Humane Society.

 Environmental Education at Vernon Elementary School

sponsored BEEC’s Aquatic Field Trip, where Vernon Elementary School students got the opportunity to explore a pond ecosystem and observe a variety of aquatic organisms
We sponsored an Aquatic Field Trip, where local students got the opportunity to explore a pond ecosystem.

Rainforest Conservation

Rainforest conservation at the Serere Reserve in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest
Peggy, Riley and Kendall made a trip to the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia this year to lend support to a reforestation project at the Serere Reserve in Bolivia.

Providing Toys & Food for Kids in the Amazon Rainforest

Vermont Furniture Store environmental mission: rainforest conservation
We donated over $200 to bring Christmas gifts and food to children in the Amazon through Marco’s Holiday Giving Project.  Thanks to Riley for setting this up!

As we close out 2015, I extend my thanks to the customers, staff members, furniture makers, family, friends, neighbors and business partners whose support made the accomplishments of this small Vermont furniture store possible. Here’s to your health and happiness in 2016!

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.

From all our families at Vermont Woods Studios to you and your family, we send our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.  Here are a few pics of what Christmas looks like at Stonehurst in Vernon, Vermont.  My thanks to the eternally patient and tolerant staff members who humor me along when I get my pesky iphone out and start snapping…

Made in America Christmas Secret Santa gift exchange.
Loryn, Ken and Michelle at our annual Made in America Christmas Secret Santa gift exchange.
Christmas gifts starting piling up as staff brought in gifts for local families in need
Christmas gifts starting piling up as staff brought in gifts for local families in need
Our annual Made in America Secret Santa gift exchange
Tristan, Nina and Megan showing off their Secret Santa gifts
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…
Our annual Made in America Secret Santa gift exchange
Rebecca, Mike, Sean and Kyle – always good sports around my camera 🙂
Our annual Made in America Secret Santa gift exchange
Riley, Dennis and Martin raising a toast to 2015…
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Megan delivering gifts from our staff members to the town of Vernon’s Giving Tree.

Please send us your holiday photos or post them on our Facebook.  Merry Christmas!

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.

Megan's taking on the difficult task of selecting a favorite from the many styles and colors of Anichini linens we brought back to our showroom at Stonehurst.
Megan’s taking on the difficult task of selecting a favorite from the many styles and colors of Anichini linens we brought back to our home decor showroom at Stonehurst in Vernon, Vermont.

Anichini: The Ultimate in Luxury Linens

Last week Nina, Rebecca and I traveled up to Quechee, Vermont to visit Anichini’s company store.  Anichini is a 30 year old luxury linens company started by Susan Dollenmaier.  It’s famous the world over for exquisite textiles that are routinely featured in publications like “Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Gotham, and House Beautiful and used by celebrities Cher, Sharon Stone, Christina Aguilera, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Martha Stewart, and Steven Spielberg” (ref: wikipedia).

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We’re sending our thanks to Noelle of Anichini ‘s company store in Quechee for helping Nina, Rebecca & I select the best linens for our Stonehurst showroom at Vermont Woods Studios.

Made in Vermont

Our showroom at Stonehurst features all Vermont made home decor items, such as:

  • Furniture, handcrafted by Lyndon Furniture in Lyndonville, VT, Copeland Furniture in Bradford, VT and a handful of small to medium sized woodworking studios around the state
  • Lighting, hand-forged by Hubbardton Forge in Castleton, VT
  • Glassware,  hand-blown by Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT

So we’ve been thinking about carrying Vermont made textiles for awhile.  Fortunately, we’re just an hour and a half away from one of the premiere textile brands on the planet… Anichini!  Who knew the Green Mountain State had such a world class assembly of home decor?

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Decisions, decisions, decisions …

Anichini’s Company Store

The Company Store has samples of almost all Anichini linens and we had a wonderful time seeing and feeling these beautiful linens.  Nina, Rebecca and I were like kids in a candy store.  Heather and Noelle were the resident experts and they helped us select the products we thought would most appeal to our customers at Stonehurst.

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Taking a lunch break at the beautiful Simon Pearce restaurant in Quechee, VT. Tip: the mulled cider is delicious!

Coming Soon!

Rebecca already has a nice selection of Anichini linens displayed in our showroom at Stonehurst.  Nina will be taking professional quality photos over the next several months.  She and Tristan will then be posting items for sale on our website.  You can bookmark the Home Decor section of our website and check in from time to time to see it all coming together.  Better yet, visit us at 538 Huckle Hill Road in Vernon, Vermont to see Anichini linens in person.  You’ll be glad you did!

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.

Christmas Gift Ideas at the Vernon Artisan Market
Looking for handmade Christmas gifts?  Join us this Sunday, December 13 from noon-4pm for the First Annual Vernon Artisan Market and start checking off your list.

The Joy of Christmas Shopping

How much do you love Christmas shopping?  Are you someone who keeps an eye open all year long for just the right gift for each person on your list?  Or do you wait till the last minute because you’d rather have a root canal than shop?  Probably you’re somewhere in between but either way I submit to you that everyone loves to receive a beautiful, handcrafted gift for the holidays.  So why not start (or finish) your holiday shopping at the 1st Annual Vernon Artisan Market?  It’s a new and exciting local shopping event organized by artists and craftspeople throughout the town of Vernon.

Handmade Christmas Gifts

Many of the artisans will be set up in the Vernon Town Hall and others are inviting you into their studios to see how their handmade gifts are crafted.  You’ll find a map of the studio tour on the Vernon town website.  Artists include potter Bronna Zlochiver, jeweller/painter/graphic designer Margaret Shipman, floral designer Nancy Renaud of Barn Door Wreaths, artist/jeweller/painter Donna Scully, basket maker Sandy Harris, quilter Jean Carr, artist Barbara Emery Moseley and baker Carol Hammond.  Vermont Woods Studios is on the tour too so come visit us at Stonehurst and start crossing off those names on your Christmas list!

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.

Merry Christmas from Vermont to the Amazon!
This is the forest we look out on every day from our offices and showroom at Vermont Woods Studios.

A Mission of Forest Conservation

I founded Vermont Woods Studios 10 years ago on a mission of forest conservation.  I was looking for a way to raise awareness about where wood products like furniture and flooring come from.  What many people don’t realize is that when you buy these wood products from big companies like Lumber Liquidators or IKEA, there’s a good chance they’re made from trees that have been illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests. The idea with Vermont Woods Studios is to provide beautiful, sustainable, American made furniture as an alternative to imported furniture of suspicious origin.

The Vermont – Amazon Connection

Earlier this year, my sons Kendall & Riley and I made a trip to the Amazon rainforest to support the forest conservation efforts of Rosamaria Ruiz at the Serere Reserve in Bolivia.  While there, Riley became friends with Marco Antonio Gonzales Silva, a remarkable young conservationist working on social and environmental projects in the Bolivian Amazon.

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Marco’s in the middle (red shirt) with Riley and a group of volunteers in Peru.  Help them raise $2500 to fund this year’s Holiday Giving Project which gives children in the Amazon a sandwich, a toy and a hot chocolate for Christmas.

Marco’s Holiday Giving Project

Marco grew up as a “street kid” in Peru, shining shoes for a living.  His dream is to help kids in the Peruvian Amazon, especially those living on the streets and working every day just to feed themselves.  So for the past three years, Marco has been sponsoring a project to bring holiday cheer to these children.  He uses his own money and also fundraises to buy gifts and food for the kids.  Each child receives a toy, a sandwich, and some hot chocolate for Christmas. The cost is about $5 per child.  Marco told Riley that most of these children have never had a toy before and do not yet understand the concept of a toy.

In his first year, Marco was able to donate to 500 kids by himself! With the help of some friends, he was able to up that number to 900 in his second year.  Now in his third year, Marco took to Facebook to ask for help and we’re trying to help make it his biggest year yet!

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Children receiving their toys and hot cocoa. In the middle you see just a portion of the children eagerly waiting.

Every Furniture Sale = a $50 Donation

We’re sending Marco a $50 donation for every furniture sale made at Vermont Woods Studios this weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday).  The money will be donated through a GoFundMe page set up for Marco by Riley.  The campaign runs until Dec. 14th, 2015 and Riley’s goal is to raise $2,500.  He is promising to match the largest donation (up to $200).  If you’d like to support the cause or learn more about it, please click here for details and a secure donation site.  Even a $5 donation will make a big difference in the lives of these children.  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.