Featured in: Made in America-A Buyer's Guide For Donald Trump
Wednesday, 3 Aug 2016
From Jasper, Indiana to Youngstown, Ohio, down to Norfolk, Virginia, we found 61 furniture and frame manufacturers right here in the United States.
Organic Authority: How to Make Certain Your Wood Furniture is Sustainable
Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016
There are infinite ways that you can have a better impact on the environment. In fact, making a commitment to be more eco-friendly can sometimes feel overwhelming because there are so many ways to do it. Where do you start, what priorities should you make, when is it okay to cheat a little? One possible area to focus on is your home, specifically with furniture solutions.
Brattleboro Reformer: Monarch Butterflies Get Some Local Help
Friday, 24 Jun 2016
The creatures that soar in the air, displaying their orange, black and white patterned wings known as the Monarch butterfly, are now few and far between in Vermont.
The Monarch population has dropped 90 percent in North America and Mexico, according to Peggy Farabaugh, founder of Vermont Woods Studios. The monarchs cannot survive without milkweed plants. As caterpillars they only eat milkweed plants and as butterflies, they need milkweed to lay their eggs.
Berkshire Eagle: Nature Watch-Attracting Monarch Butterflies to a Garden
Friday, 15 Apr 2016
Brattleboro Reformer: Monarch butterflies can be saved by everyone
Thursday, 24 Sep 2015
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.
Brattleboro Reformer: Vernon Woodworkers Launch Monarch Restoration Project
Thursday, 24 Sep 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.