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We are heading off to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica tomorrow to support the work of Kevin Peterson and the Eco Preservation Society.  Many thanks to Rayna Levin of EPS for doing such a stellar job of helping us with our arrangements for travel and volunteering. 

We'll be making Vermont Woods Studios furniture for a school in an eco-community called Portasol in Portalon.  We're excited to be able to help with this important conservation project and to learn about the many other projects Eco Preservation Society is doing to help save the rainforest.

Hopefully we'll have Internet access and be able to blog and tweet as we go.  Will keep you posted!

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.

Mono Titi
As wood furniture makers, we know that in order to keep our craft alive, we've got to be active participants in sustainable forestry.   We support non-profit groups like The Vermont Center for EcoStudios that work in conserving Vermont's forests and wildlife.   We're also concerned with rainforest conservation which is a major part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios

Soon we'll be working with the Eco Preservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to wildlife conservation and reforestation in Costa Rica and elsewhere around the globe. 

We're excited about this partnership and will write more in the following days.   Eco Preservation Society shares our passion for conservation, education and reforestation.  We admire the work they're doing and are looking forward to visiting and volunteering at one of their research and reforestation projects in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. 

These are Costa Rican squirrel monkeys or mono titi.  They are highly endangered due to habitat destruction and the Eco Preservation Society is trying to save the species.  We'll be volunteering on the project and will write about it when we're down there.  Stay tuned!

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.

Help us brainstorm ways to entice you to get onboard The Green Train and help us spread the word about our eco friendly furniture.  If you know people who are shopping for a new dining table & Chairs or bed or media center, we want you to send them to our website. And we want to reward you for that. So let us know what it would take. Currrently we offer a 5% reward to customers who refer their friends to us and we're extending that to you too. So for example, if you refer a friend and that person purchases $5000 in furniture, you receive a check for $250. The cool thing is that you can either take the cash or donate it to one of a number of non-profits that are working to save the rainforest.  Tell us what you think about it and tell us what else we can do to get you on board The Green Train!  The clock is ticking…there's no time 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.

Well, first we are careful to ensure that all of Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood. For the most part, we source our wood locally from people we know personally and who adhere to strict environmental laws, policies and guidelines. When a customer requests a tropical wood like mahogany or teak, we ensure it is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is considered the international “Gold Standard” for responsible forestry management and we achieved FSC certification for Vermont Woods Studios in Feb, 2007. We are very careful to use only FSC certified rainforest woods when we us them at all.

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.