wags to riches
We love animals here at VWS! Here we have a few humane society friends that found their forever homes with VWS staff. Michelle’s cat Luna (top left with her dog, Faith) came from WCHS as well as Peggy’s cat Pepper (pictured here with Dennis at our old office in Peggy’s spare room).

The Windham County Humane Society in Brattleboro is the area’s most important resource for facilitating pet adoptions. As a previous employee of WCHS before I came to Vermont Woods Studios, they are an organization that is still very near and dear to my heart. Actually, our company is full of WCHS supporters with Michelle being a past employee and WCHS pet owner, Peggy’s cats are humane society rescues and most of the staff have furry family members of their own. I am even in the process of forming a committee to adopt a pet for Stonehurst (I know Ken and Douglas will give in one of these days. ;)).

Wags to Riches Auction

Throughout the year, WCHS holds a variety of fundraisers to raise money for the animals they protect and care for. This Saturday is actually their largest and most significant event of the year. The annual Wags to Riches Auction is being held this weekend. This year the event will be at the Brattleboro VFW on Saturday, March 1st at 6pm. Supporters will be able to enjoy food (courtesy of Sharon Myers Fine Catering), drinks, conversation and bid on items donated by local businesses. While you bid, they’ll even have local music by Brattleboro band Butterfly Swing. The items will vary from pet store gift cards to an African Safari vacation! All of the money raised at this event will go directly to the Windham County Humane Society, which will help them to provide for more than 800 animals that will wag through their doors this year.

Vermont Woods Studios will also have some items for auction at Wags to Riches including our large cutting board and a stay at the Stratton Mountain Long-trail House. This will be the perfect opportunity to snag that cutting board that you’ve been dreaming of for a fraction of the price! You’ll also be able to chat with most of our staff who will be in attendance including Douglas, Liz, Sean, Michelle, Dennis, Kelsey, Nina and myself. Last year our staff had a great time and we brought home some amazing auction finds.

Tickets cost $40/person and can be purchased on the WCHS website, by calling their office, or at the door. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, so be sure to bring a friend or two! If you are unable to attend this event, there are many other ways you can support the Windham County Humane Society. You can make an online, tax-deductible, financial donation or donate items off their wishlist.

Hope to see you there and be on the look-out for our follow-up blog! Also, check out Kelsey’s blogs on our visit to WCHS and our benefit sale this past weekend.

Wags to Riches Event Details:

Saturday, March 1 at 6pm

Brattleboro VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road

Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Vermont Woods Studios Mission
Loryn, our community outreach coordinator, is passionate about the animals and used to work with WCHS before coming to Vermont Woods Studios. She loves getting out into the community and helping out a good cause; both at work and during her free time.

Supporting good community causes is a big part of our mission, and it’s something that each of us at Vermont Woods Studios is passionate about personally. So it makes sense that we didn’t hesitate to get over to the Windham County Humane Society, even during a snowstorm. If there’s one thing that separates Vermonters from the rest, it’s our ability to completely go on with our day normally in weather conditions that the rest of the country panics about. That, and our dedication to helping out our neighbors, of course!

(For the record, none of us actually knew it would be snowing this much when we ventured out. Safety first!)

Yesterday, Loryn & I visited the humane society to drop off our donations to their Wags to Riches auction and fundraiser–and to pick up our tickets for the event! I even got a new dog tag, for my darling Chihuahua, Pappy!

The WCHS team was super appreciative of our donation, and emphasized how much community support matters to them. Without the kind support of businesses and community members, WCHS wouldn’t be able to work as hard and help as many animals as they do. The Windham County Humane Society “is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of animals and enhancing the relationship between individuals and pets through adoption, education, advocacy, compassion and promotion of animal welfare.” They  help “stray, abandoned, neglected and surrendered pets by giving them a second chance at a healthy, happy life.”

We’re happy to support them, and are even more excited to attend the amazing Wags to Riches auction on March 1st. Loryn will be writing a blog about it when the date gets closer, so stay tuned!

If you’d like to contribute to WCHS, read more about ways to help out on their website!

 

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“Report on Economic Value of Vermont’s Forestry Industry Released.”

Vermont Woodlands
View of woodlands near Hogback Mountain, Vt. (Public domain image, retrieved from the Addison Eagle)

The Addison Eagle recently covered the official report on the Economic Value of Vermont’s Forestry Industry. The article highlighted the importance of this industry to Vermont’s economy, and proved to us that the work we are doing is really benefiting our community. This report confirms that approximately 80% of Vermont’s forests are owned by real families and real people, so when you buy Vermont wood products and Vermont furniture, you are helping to put a meal on these people’s tables and helping their kids go through school. Buying furniture from Vermont contributes to the 21,000 jobs that are impacted by the Vermont forestry industry– it puts American’s back to work, and helps keep us on the map as leaders in wood manufacturing. With recent disappointing news about the prospects of the American Made Furniture industry, this report gives us real proof that what we (and you as our friends and customers) are doing is really working.

Read the full article here:

“Rutland — The NEFA, the North East State Foresters Association and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation have released a report detailing the economic Importance of Vermont’s forest-based economy. The report highlights the various sectors of Vermont’s economy that depend on wood, forests, and trees.

The total economic value of Vermont’s forest economy is pegged at over $3.4 billion dollars for 2012.

“Forest-based manufacturing and forest-related recreation and tourism are significant drivers for our economy,” said Vermont State Forester Steven Sinclair. Sinclair lists some products and services we enjoy: firewood, lumber, fine furniture, maple syrup and Christmas trees are chief among the products. Forests also yield “ecosystem services” such as providing clean water, carbon storage, and wildlife habitat. Vermont’s forests are the vital backdrop to recreation and tourism here.

The NEFA report shows that nearly 21,000 jobs in all sectors are directly impacted by Vermont’s forests. While manufacturing jobs in Vermont’s wood products businesses have declined over the past decade, the harvest of timber from Vermont has stayed relatively stable.

Sinclair told news reporters that most of Vermont’s wood is coming from family forests.

“About 80 percent of Vermont’s forested lands are owned by individuals and families. So, when you buy Vermont wood, you really are buying local. The NEFA report supports the Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Initiative to stimulate a concerted economic development effort on behalf of Vermont’s agriculture and forest product sectors,” he said.”

Want to learn more? Read the full NEFA Report. 

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Valentine's Day Gift Basket

Is anyone else’s mouth watering? Plus, check out that cutting board! ;-)

 

A Valentine’s Day Gift Basket! – The Perfect Treat for Someone You Love

It’s only the last day of January, but love is already in the air for the folks of Vernon. We were recently asked by the Vernon Free Library if we would like to donate an item for a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket that they’ll be raffling off on February 13th. Being supporters of the local organizations in Vernon (and a lover of chocolate and wine myself) I had to say yes. Our friend, Bronna Zlochiver, came last week to pick up a cutting board to add to the basket and assured me and Douglas that the cutting board was going to make their basket something special. I hate to toot our own horn, but I think she was right!

The Valentine’s Day Gift Basket contains two bottles of French wine & two Riedel wine glasses donated by the White House of Wilmington, 2 blocks of cheddar cheese & a box of Westminster Bakers crackers donated by Grafton Cheese, Brinn chocolates made in Vermont donated by Baker’s Hallmark of Brattleboro, handmade napkins and of course, our very own cutting board made by Ken. Ticket’s are only $1.00 and with a value of over $400, I think it’s quite a deal.

I also just had to post a picture of a basket for everyone to enjoy. This gift is perfect if you’re looking to surprise your special someone with a date night at home this Valentine’s Day. Being single myself, I envy Valentine’s Day gifts, especially ones that involve food. I might have to buy a ticket and enjoy the wine, cheese and chocolates all on my own! Who says Valentine’s day is just for couples anyway?

If you’d like more information about how to win this marvelous basket, contact the Vernon Free Library or give us a call! The drawing is February 13th and tickets are just $1 (or 6 for $5)!

 

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Vermont Tree Society | Conserving Champion Trees in the Green Mountain State
 In doing some research, trying to figure out where this anonymous gift came from, I discovered a couple articles about Loona Brogan.  Loona’s a naturalist in Plainfield, responsible for starting the Vermont Big Tree Society.

Who put this Vermont Big Tree Society 2004 calendar on my desk over the weekend? What a pleasant surprise to see while un-bundling (that’s winter outerwear not cable TV or software programs) on this icy cold Monday morning.  Whoever the Big Tree Elf is, he or she left the calendar open to the August 2004 month where a beautiful photo of our Stonehurst champion Sassafras tree was featured in all it’s glory.

Well we happen to think it’s glorious, anyway.  To others it might look a little nerdy and decrepit but it’s still a beloved old tree and the largest of it’s species in all of Vermont.  I learned from the calendar that the Sassafras is an intolerant (of shade) tree which is common as a pioneer (a hardy species that’s the first to colonize previously disrupted or damaged ecosystems, beginning a chain of ecological succession that ultimately leads to a more biodiverse steady-state ecosystem, ref: wikipedia).    It’s one of only a few tree species who’s leaves come in 3 different shapes.  Plus it’s fragrant and the roots can be used to make sassafras tea!

Sassafras Tree | Vernon Vermont | Big Tree Champion
Last summer, our Windham County Forester Bill Guenther led the 20th Annual Big Tree Tour and stopped by to show his group of treehuggers our sassafras at Stonehurst.

Are you surprised to see how much Vermonters love their trees?  As furniture makers, working with sustainably harvested wood we are especially interested in Vermont’s big trees and the issue of sustainable forestry throughout the Green Mountain State (and beyond).  Vermont Woods Studios was founded on the principles of forest conservation.  Last year we received a $100,000 grant from the states Working Lands Initiative to further our efforts in promoting sustainable forests and the eco-friendly Vermont made furniture produced from them.

Fellow treehuggers– stop by Stonehurst to see Vermont’s biggest sassafras tree.  Then come in and enjoy a cup of tea or hot cider as you browse through the gallery of fine furniture that Vermonter’s are making out of sustainably harvested New England wood.

And whoever the Big Tree elf is, I am sending a million thanks out to you.  Please reveal your identity on our Facebook!

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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.