Vermont-working-landscape Vermont is struggling to maintain its rural character.  You probably see this if you live in Vermont or vacation here.  Fifty years ago, 50% our state's land was in farms.  Today that number is only 20%– our farmland has dropped by almost 60% since 1960!

While agricultural lands are disappearing we are also seeing a decline in our forest products business.  Conversly, the amount of developed land in our state is growing rapidly (it increased 42% between 1982 and 2003).

At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture we're committed to helping steward our state's rural, agricultural and forested character.  Like so many other sustainable Vermont businesses, our future depends on it.  We applaud the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) and their efforts to maintain Vermont's natural beauty and rural character. We've joined their Vermont Working Landscape Partnership and are asking you to sign up too.  It only takes a minute to sign on to the partnership and there's no obligation or fee.  Add your voice and help shape the campaign for Vermont's Working Landscape!

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.

Peppers-vt-furniture Last week Kendall sent a very nice email out to all our Vermont Woods Studios Furniture office staff politely asking them for input to a STAFF BIO page he's putting together.  Everyone completely blew him off, including me, I'm sorry to say. 

Well everyone but Pepper.  As you can see, she is very serious about her job, especially when it involves working with a mouse.  Always on top of things (like our documents, keyboards and laps) Pepper is once again setting the standard for cooperative behavior in the Vermont Furniture World.

You can read her corporate profile as she enters her new supervisory assignment right here on our Vermont made furniture website

Now as for Rebecca, Manjula, Dennis, Douglas, Ken, Riley and Kendall– well I don't want to put any pressure on you but you should know that at this moment Pepper is setting up an account at her favorite store and lobbying hard for YOUR bonuses in order to fund her next binge.  I'd say you might want to get crackin on those bios! 

Just sayin…

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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What are you getting Dad for Father's Day?  Kendall and Riley have been raking their brains trying to think of something other than the usual wallet or tie we get Ken every year. 

 

Used to be we could get him some fishing gear too, but that's out now– with the limited mobility issue.

 

I've been thinking about a gift certificate to the Vermont Woodworking School in Cambridge VT.   This is a very cool school and they offer all different types of courses and workshops– from beginner to advanced.

 

They even offer an immersion program where you can live at the Farm House or in a silo housing unit (see photo) while you learn the finer points of woodworking.  Students take field trips to meet some of the world's best artisan furniture makers and see their studios. 

 

 

 

 

Vt-woodworking-school What a gift for Dad, right?  Getting him out of the house to do guy things on his own?  And I think they may even take a field trip to near-by micro-breweries.  What could be more better than wood and hops?  And honestly, Dad's not likely to get into much trouble in rural Vermont. 

Convinced?

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.

Kendall-graduation If you call during the summer and Rebecca is on the other line, you 'll probably end up talking to Kendall instead. 

He's a big high school graduate now and will be heading off to Atlanta in August to start his college career at Emory University. 

But in the meantime he'll be helping us in the office and we've been looking forward to it!  He's been working with Vermont Woods Studios Furniture for 5 years now so he's able to handle almost anything we throw his way.  And we'll be throwing alot.

Welcom back, Kendall!  Get ready for a busy summer. 

Oh… and the beautiful girl is Emily, Kendall's cousin.  Many thanks to Em and her family for joining us to celebrate Kendall's big day.

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.

Facebook-Business If you have a small business and you're looking to expand, check out the American Express-Facebook Big Break Contest for a chance to win $20,000 to use in growing your business. 

 

 It's a long shot, I know.  There are already some 200,000 Facebook fans (many of which will compete I suppose) but it only takes a few minutes to fill out the entry form and who knows?  Maybe you'll win. 

 

 

 

They are picking 5 winners who will all receive the $20K prize as well as a trip to Facebook headquarters for a business make-over. 

Here are the 3 questions you need to answer to compete (responses are limited to 150 words each):

  1. Tell us about your business.  What makes it fun to come to work
  2. How do you see Facebook impacting your business?
  3. How could a big break help your biz and your customers?

 

For us, I figured these are all questions we need to understand at Vermont Woods Studios anyway, so why not think them through and throw our hat in the ring?  Join us!

 

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.