Vermont Woods Studios in the News

Peggy Farabaugh
Conscious Connection Magazine interviews VWS Owner, Peggy Farabaugh

After weathering hurricane Katrina and losing her teaching job at Tulane because of flooding, she did what any social entrepreneur would do — start a company to save the planet. But it was her deep passion for Vermont’s furniture industry and sustainable forestry that fueled her often challenging rise to success.

Now Peggy is the Founder & Chief Executive Believer at Vermont Woods Studios where she’s grown the company exponentially towards fulfilling their mission of raising environmental awareness. We sat down with her in this exclusive interview to find out why you should buy green furniture and what it takes to get a real social business off the ground.

Conscious Connection: What inspired you to start Vermont Woods Studios?

Peggy Farabaugh: The Siberian tiger.

I was raised by parents who loved animals, especially wildlife. I remember we used to watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins every Sunday night. I’ve always wanted to work with tigers and other wild animals or at least do something to help conserve them. About 20 years ago I started learning about endangered species by becoming a member of the World Wildlife fund. Their literature made me aware that all the big cat species (lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, and more) are critically endangered. All the big ape species are critically endangered (chimps, gorillas, orangutans and more). All sea turtles are endangered. And the list goes on.

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Made in America: Holiday Shopping Challenge Featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Winter 2012

Owner, Peggy Farabaugh, featured on WCAX, Summer 2012

VERNON -- Ken and Peggy Farabaugh had a very simple focus when they decided to start a furniture store in the small town of Vernon.

"Fine furniture from sustainable sources" the slogan for Vermont Woods Studios reads. The idea was that everything they sold be from Vermont-based craftsman using Vermont resources", Ken said.

The principal of only buying and selling quality, local products became the cornerstone of the business and eventually the lives of each employee.

During one of the many lunchtime walks, someone was talking about a news program on ABC called "Made in America" that features different ways people and businesses in the United States used, bought and sold local products, goods and services.

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Brattleboro Reformer: Vermont Woods Studios to be featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Fall 2011

VERNON -- Ken and Peggy Farabaugh had a very simple focus when they decided to start a furniture store in the small town of Vernon.

"Fine furniture from sustainable sources" the slogan for Vermont Woods Studios reads. The idea was that everything they sold be from Vermont-based craftsman using Vermont resources", Ken said.

The principal of only buying and selling quality, local products became the cornerstone of the business and eventually the lives of each employee.

During one of the many lunchtime walks, someone was talking about a news program on ABC called "Made in America" that features different ways people and businesses in the United States used, bought and sold local products, goods and services.

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Vermont Woods Studios on Weather Channel, 2010

Watch Vermont Woods Studios as featured in a national broadcast on The Weather Channel. View Peggy Farabugh's chat with show host Mark Elliot. Learn more about Vermont Woods Studios' fine handcarfted American-made furniture that's built from sustainably-harvested wood.


WSJ
The Wall Street Journal interviews Peggy Farabaugh about Small Business Jobs Act, 22nd September, 2010

The Small Business Jobs Act simmering in Washington contains a host of new tax credits and lending measures that are designed to spur hiring at small businesses. But business owners and advocacy groups have mixed reviews on the provisions.

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Cabinet Maker FDM
Cabinetmakerfdm.com writes about Peggy Farabaugh, 16th July, 2010

As in the tales of many new enterprises, the story of Vermont Woods Studios begins when founder Peggy Farabaugh got laid off from a totally unrelated job.

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Brattleboro Reformer
Brattleboro Reformer writes about Vermont Woods Studios, 29th June, 2010

Operating out of a spare room of a Vernon farmhouse, one Vermont business has quickly gained a national reputation for supplying quality furniture from sustainable sources around the Green Mountain State.

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Vermont Woods Studios on Fox News, 14th May, 2010

Watch Vermont Woods Studios as featured live on the nationally broadcast FOX News Show, The Strategy Room. View our chat with show host Harris Faulkner from FOX's Manhattan studio. Learn more about Vermont's fine handmade furniture, the artisans who make it and the importance of choosing American-made furniture that's built from sustainably-harvested wood.


Retailer
National Home Furnishings Associations, Nation's largest home furnishings retailers magazine

Brace yourself, furniture retailer because the " green shopper" has arrived and she is going to make your life a whole lot complicated beause she comes in several shades of green.

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LoveToKnow
LoveToKnow, online media company featured an article on Vermont Woods Studios

Vermont Woods Studios offers an eco-friendly take on beautiful furniture styles. There are several lines to choose from, so there should be something for almost any decorating style. LoveToKnow spoke with Peggy, co-owner of the company, to find out more.

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About.com
Vermont Woods Studios was featured by experts in furniture industry in About.com

Vermont Woods Studios is a small group of gifted and passionate wood crafters who share a love for the beauty of handmade, quality wood furniture.

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Luxist
Luxist.com, a web site which covers luxury items and fine living topics, featured products from Vermont Woods Studios

For Vermont Woods Studios buying a luxury piece of furniture isn't just a purchase, it's an experience.

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Interior Design
Interiordesign.net, a magazine for the interior design professional marketplace featured us in their blog

Faithful readers may have noticed that I’m attracted to smallish craftspeople and entrepreneurs that are doing good green things.

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Interior Design
Premierdesigners.com, a luxury lifestyle magazine featured Vermont Woods Studios

Because good quality sustainable materials, craftsmanship and design have been cherished and passed on for generations in Vermont.

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Interior Design
The New York Times, featured us in their Home & Garden section

A selection of Vermont Woods Studio’s handcrafted furniture made from ecologically sustainable hardwoods is 40 percent off while supplies last.

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New york Times
JustLuxe, a luxury Web publication providing objective analysis and information to affluent consumers featured Vermont Woods Studios.

Vermont Woods Studios, is a community of sustainable furniture makers spread out across Vermont dedicated to fine craftsmanship.

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Ideal Living
Ideal Living, a green lifestyle magazine featured our products

Vermont Woods Studios redefines "Green Tech"

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Interior Design
Vermont Craftsman wins top honors for his woodwork, Nov 7th, 2007

Local craftsmen are celebrating the recognition of a local woodworker as one of the best furniture makers in the nation.

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The Robb Report
The Robb Report Collection, Featured an article about Vermont Woods Studios Artisan Daniel Omondi May 2007

Daniel Omondi, who learned his woodworking skills in his father's workshop as a child.

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Ocean Home, featured custom made Nautilus End Table by Vermont Woods Studios Artisans, Summer 2007

Green is in.. especially when it comes to handmade furnishings from Vermont Woods Studios.

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Interior Design
New Web Site Sees Light Through the Trees, June 2nd, 2006

Some of the most successful applications of Internet technology continue to be those that harness its ability to link people with common interests, such as Craigslist.org and eBay.com.

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Local Furniture Makers Visit Panama in Search of Sustainably-Harvested Exotic Woods, 15th April, 2006

Why on earth would a Vermont furniture maker need to travel to Panama in search of sustainably-harvested wood? “We’ve gained an appreciation for the rainforest through our passion for our own Green Mountain Forest and the conservation efforts we’ve learned about and participated in up here”, said co-owner, Peggy Farabaugh.

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Ancient Maple Takes on New Role as Locally Handcrafted Furniture, March 21st, 2006

An ancient maple tree, perhaps 100-150 years old or older was finally taken down from the site of the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center in Brattleboro because it is very brittle and a danger to passersby.

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Turning the tables Vernon couple seeks passionate wood crafters, March 9th, 2006

A handful of local woodworkers has banded together to build handmade furnishings in their home shops to be marketed online and through artisan galleries.

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