We’re sending thanks out to everyone who gathered with us at Stonehurst this week to begin making Vernon, Vermont a Monarch Butterfly Way Station. If you’re interested in the environment and nature, please consider joining us in this fun project! You can learn more about our efforts to save the endangered monarch butterfly here.
Vernon has many master gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts! We shared some milkweed seedlings (the Monarch caterpillar’s only food source) and will begin planting them in our gardens and back yards. We’re also reaching out to the Vernon Elementary School VES, the recreation department and the roads commissioner, asking them to support the project by planting milkweed where appropriate on public land.
In August and September we will meet again when the Monarchs are laying their eggs and beginning their metamorphoses. Please contact us through our Facebook if you’re interested in joining our butterfly rescue project or starting one in your own town. It’s fun, and there’s wine. What more could you ask for?
Happy World Environment Day! As you know, Vermont Woods Studios is a wood furniture company, founded on the principles of forest conservation and we’re always trying to raise awareness about that cause.
Amazon Rainforest Conservation Project
Recently I traveled to the Bolivian Amazon to support the rainforest conservation work of environmental activist, Rosamaria Ruiz. Her work has been the subject of articles and videos in National Geographic and numerous other conservation magazines. It takes place in the Madidi National Park and at the Serere Reserve, the Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth. Here Rosamaria welcomes scientists, artists, writers, film makers, photographers, students and ecotourism lovers to help with her conservation initiatives.
Conservation Through EcoTourism & Volunteerism
Rosamaria funds her conservation work through ecotourism and also enlists the help of volunteers from all over the world. I wanted to share this with you in case you or someone you know might be interested in visiting or volunteering at Serere.
Serere is a unique biological gem! It’s relatively small 4000 hectare reserve is home to 7 species of monkeys, tapirs, sloths, jaguars, black caimans, many snake species (including anacondas), hundreds of bird species (including harpy eagles, macaws, herons, eagles, toucans, jabirus, and hoatzin) and a wide variety of fish.
Animals are congregating in Serere for the safety Rosamaria and her staff provide. Outside Serere’s borders this paradise is being eroded by illegal logging, gold mining, cattle ranching, sugar refineries, agriculture and the like. One of two things is bound to happen at Serere. Either it will disappear like the surrounding areas or it will be expanded due to the efforts of people like Rosamaria Ruiz and you and me.
Visit Serere and Experience the Rainforest!
I write to you on World Environment Day in hopes that you might share this message with anyone you know who might be looking for an ecotourism or volunteer opportunity in the rainforest. I believe Rosamaria would welcome the opportunity to speak with scientists, writers, photographers and other professionals interested in supporting her conservation work. If you have an interest, visit Rosamaria’s website Madidi-Travel.com to learn more! You can also feel free to contact me via Facebook | Vermont Furniture or email (peggy@VermontWoodsStudios.com) and read more about my trip to Serere are on my blog.
From the very beginning, it was the story behind Vermont Woods Studios that drew me to working here. I had recently graduated from Green Mountain College, a small environmental liberal arts school, and I was looking for a job that reflected the ideals and values I’d acquired there. The tight knit community, caring leadership, and environmental mission that Green Mountain is known for were things I wasn’t sure I’d ever find in my professional life– but I found them here at Vermont Woods Studios.
When I first started working here I scoured the Vermont Woods Studios website and blog, and found bits and pieces of a story just dying to be told…Peggy’s story! Her childhood as an animal lover, experience as an environmental advocate, and the serendipitous discovery of Stonehurst were all small parts of the Vermont Woods Studios story that weren’t getting the attention they deserved. So after months of research, planning, and pulling together the parts of Vermont Woods Studios that make it so special, we’ve put together a series of new pages that will hopefully give our fans and friends some deeper insight into who we are and our reason for being.
Read Our Story…
Meet the Green Team…
Learn about our Mission and Impact…
Learn What Makes Vermont Furniture So Special…
Learn about our Talented Craftspeople…
So, we’ve pieced it all together and all you have to do is explore! Let us know what you think of our new pages and our story in the comments section! We’d love to hear your feedback.
Today’s the day! We’re participating in two great Brattleboro benefit auctions. If you are looking for a good excuse for a day trip to Vermont, there couldn’t be a better day for it! Find some unique local crafts & merchandise while you support a great cause. One benefit auction goes to support the Windham County Humane Society and the other supports the River Gallery School!
Which Brattleboro benefit auction will you pick?
The 8th annual “Wags to Riches” cocktail party and auction directly supports the loving care of more than 800 animals who will come through the doors of WCHS in need of help this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of live and silent auction items, including exotic weekend getaways, unique local art and jewelery, gift certificates to local restraunts and shops, and much more! The cost is $50 per person and includes a drink ticket and light dining. We donated a 3-Day weekend stay at Stratton Mountain Resort and a beautiful POLYWOOD Adirondack chair to be auctioned off!
Proceeds from the 25th annual River Gallery School auction goes to support this “vibrant hub for Brattleboro’s artistic community, with bright, spacious studios on Main Street overlooking the Whetstone Brook.” The school was founded in 1976–and has since offered classes, community workshops, and summer and school vacation programs for students of all ages. We donated a Shaker style American made 4 poster bed to be auctioned off at this event!
Vernon Elementary School Students: Future Scientists of America?
We are so happy to have 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. They studied the life cycles and food webs of these insects and amphibians, explored the ponds, and kept field notes on their findings. The students caught, identified, and shared their discoveries with the class! We think we have some brilliant scientists and biologists in the making!
Students were eagerly identifying different creatures they caught, and were excited to share their findings with their classmates.
They worked alongside each other and collaborated on how to best catch the creatures without harming them!
Peggy got an up close look at a water bug that was discovered by one of the aquatic explorers.
Students took detailed field notes on their discoveries and sightings at the pond.
Teachers and students were excited to share the bugs they found with us.
Can you spot the water snake? It was the talk of the trip!
We’d like to thank BEEC for organizing this great trip and giving kids the opportunity to get outside and learn about the environment hands on. To learn more about them and their mission, visit their website.