If you were looking for ideas to use in naming your new eco-furniture collections, who might you turn to?  At Vermont Woods Studios, we called upon The Green Mountain State's heros of forestry and wildlife.  We started with the GIANTS of great historical significance, like former Vermont Governor George Aiken and, Father of the American Conservation Movement, Vermonter George Perkins Marsh and then moved along to the everyday green heros of present that we've grown to admire through our involvement in their current projects.  We found all sorts of copyrights and other restrictions on the big guys, so we're happily settling in with the very important, but often unsung heros of Vermont's forests today.   Some of these "Green Giants" have agreed to let us name our new furniture collections after them and others have asked us to, instead, use the names of the places and animals they are working to protect.  So as we update our website over the next several months to include new and creative collections of contemporary solid wood, Vermont-made furniture, you will be seeing a fresh face on the labels for each piece.  We are excited to be able to support our modern day environmental heros this way and we will donate a portion of our profits to their projects.  I'm excited to tell you more about them in future blogs.

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Join Vermont Woods Studios and millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights tonight for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund, WWF.

Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco.

We invite you to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.  Then the challenge is to make every hour Earth Hour.

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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I am so excited to report that we have a new addition on the farm, as of Saturday evening, March 15.  It’s a galloping baby boy, who Annette named Peter Crossman.  The colt is adorable and seems to be doing all the things he’s supposed to…lots of sleeping, nursing and bouncing around on his very long, knobbly, wobbly legs.  Peter Crossman was due to be born on February 29, leap year day, but he just wasn’t ready yet, I guess.  Still he managed to be named after Vernon’s famous/infamous Leap Year Boy, the original Peter Crossman who works the Town’s Road Crew.  We hope Peter Crossman Jr can live up to the larger than life image of his namesake!  So far, it’s looking good.  Visit Vermont Woods Studios.

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.

Guanacastemap The Guanacaste Rincon Rainforest Conservation Area in northwestern Costa Rica is only about the size of New York City and its suburbs, but It contains as many species as do all of the continental United States and Canada!  And like the other rainforests in Costa Rica and around the world, it is under attack by global warming, logging and over-development.  Today I had the privilege of talking with Norm Gershenz director and co-founder of the Center for Ecosystem Survival, aka SaveNature.org.   Since 1987, Norm has been working with zoos and other organizations around the world to support rainforest conservation.  We are proud to join Norm in support of his efforts and have added SaveNature.org to our list of non-profits that will receive the customer referral rewards I wrote about yesterday.  We will also post an Adopt and Acre donation button on our site for you convenience and we'll track the amount of acres saved by our customers on the Vermont Woods Studios website.

With rainforests shrinking as quickly as 70,000 acres per day, the world is losing 50,000 plant, animal and insect species per year. Nearly half of the earth's species will be gone in the next few decades – unless we do something about it.  Time to get onboard The Green Train.  There's not a moment to lose!

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.

A number of non-profits offer a way to “Adopt an Acre of Rainforest”.  For a donation of about $50, you help preserve an acre of forest and in return you usually get a personalized certificate with photos of rainforest, and a subscription to Rainforest magazines and/or newsletters.

We’ve contacted a few of these organizations to see if they would be interested in partnering with Vermont Woods Studios. So for example, when a customer refers someone to us and gets a 5% reward for doing that, we’ll give that customer a choice of either keeping the money or donating it to one of 3 or 4 rainforest preservation non-profits. In return, we would ask the non-profits for a link to us on their website and an opportunity to communicate with their members about what we’re doing. What do you think? If you are a member of a rainforest non-profit, would that work for you? Let us know. We’re interested in measuring our success, and tracking the number of acres of rainforest saved seems like a pretty good indicator.

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.