Vermont Woods Studios in the News

Brattleboro Reformer: Monarch butterflies can be saved by everyone

Thursday, 24 Sep 2015

Monarch Butterfiles Can Be Saved

Vernon is an entry point for monarch butterflies migrating north from their wintering grounds in Mexico.

In June, a group of nature lovers got together on the back deck of Vermont Woods Studios and shared milkweed seeds and plants — milkweed is the monarch's only food source and the over-use of pesticides has nearly eliminated it from today's landscape. We are planting milkweed in our gardens and backyards with the goal of providing habitat that will bring monarchs back to Vermont.

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Brattleboro Reformer: Vernon Woodworkers Launch Monarch Restoration Project

Thursday, 24 Sep 2015

Monarch Caterpillar

In the last few decades, Peggy Farabaugh noticed a distinct decline in the monarch butterfly population. After learning why, she decided to do something about it.

During the first week of September, the back deck of Vermont Woods Studios, the Vernon business she owns with her husband, Ken, became a sort of caterpillar hatchery.

“We have 15 cocoons in mesh hampers, and some on the milkweed plants in the field” behind the building, she said. The pupae should hatch into monarch butterflies by mid-month.

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Huffington Post The Blog: Women in Business Q&A: Peggy Farabaugh, Owner and Operator, Vermont Woods Studios

Thursday, 6 Aug 2015

Peggy Farabaugh is the owner and operator of Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture store specializing in high-quality, eco-friendly, handmade wood furniture from Vermont. She's a CEO who breaks for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels, and spends her vacations volunteering to plant trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. She believes in the future and in the people who build it. A former distance learning instructor at Tulane University with a master's in Environmental Health and Safety, Peggy turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a thriving, local furniture business. Now in it's 10th year, Vermont Woods Studios exists not only online but in a lovingly restored 200 year old farmhouse in the woodlands of southern Vermont. It's the Green Mountain state's newest destination shopping experience for green home decor.

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How to Find Safe Furniture + Mattresses for Kids Rooms and the Whole Family

Monday, 27 Jul 2015

VOCs, toxic glue, formaldehyde and flame retardants shouldn’t be lurking all over your kids rooms! But finding safe furniture for your home can be a daunting task.

How to Find Safe Furniture for Your Family

An easy way to locate safe furniture is to look for unupholstered, solid wood pieces that contain no foam or fiberboard. This eliminates the need for flame retardant chemicals and formaldehyde glue. A quick inquiry to the company can also give you the information you need about the finishes used on the wood. Make sure they’re natural, water-based and no or low-VOC (volatile organic compound).

You can also request safer materials at your local furniture store, and they may be able to accommodate your needs by sourcing flame retardant-free materials and non-toxic glues and finishes.

Safe Furniture + Mattress Guide

Our amazingly large list of finds includes furniture with no or low-VOC finishes and glues, and no formaldehyde or flame retardants. Most of these manufacturers also use sustainable, eco-friendly and natural or recycled materials in their products.

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Toxic Free Talk Radio: Handmade, Toxic-Free Wood Furniture That Helps Rainforests Too

Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015

My guest today is Peggy Farabaugh, owner and operator of Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture store specializing in high-quality, eco-friendly, handmade wood furniture from Vermont. She’s a CEO who breaks for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels, and spends her vacations volunteering to plant trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. She believes in the future and in the people who build it. A former distance learning instructor at Tulane University with a master’s in Environmental Health and Safety, Peggy turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a thriving, local furniture business. Now in it’s 10th year, Vermont Woods Studios exists not only online but in a lovingly restored 200 year old farmhouse in the woodlands of southern Vermont. www.vermontwoodsstudios.com

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Decoist. '10 Types of Wood For Your Interiors'

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

"From floors to furniture, to paneled walls Maple in it of itself is beautiful enough to be considered décor alone, and is often made into decorative wooden pieces..."

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Thought Catalog. '10 Best Places To Find Eco-Friendly Furniture'

Monday, 25 May 2015

"Unlike other US furniture companies that get their manufacturing done in China, India, and other countries where labor costs are low, this is a company that takes pride in the fact that all products are made right here in the USA..."

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HouseSpot: Tech Gadgets that Double as Décor

Thursday, 26 Mar 2015

"Responding to growing consumer demands, companies are more frequently combining sustainability with technology. Made in America from sustainable woods, reclaimed woods, and other eco-friendly materials, Vermont Woods Studios makes sure that all pieces not only fit in with any type of home décor style, but also effectively hide cords, wires, and other less attractive features of modern technology."

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