We’re a Certified Wildlife Habitat®

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 01:45 pm

Certified Wildlife hatitat
The National Wildlife Federation has recognized us in their ‘Garden for Wildlife’ program. Our Stonehurst showroom is on 109 acres of sustainably managed woodlands and meadows which NWF has designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

Dear Customers, Thank You!

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization. We’re excited to support their work by creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat® as part of their ‘Garden for Wildlife’ program.  This achievement is only possible because of the strong support we receive from our wonderful customers and stakeholders.

Fellow Nature Nuts: you can do the same at your home or business!  If you have a garden that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife, join the club and get it certified. It’s all about providing your neighborhood wildlife with natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
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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.

Monarchs & the Milkweed Symposium

Last updated on May 23rd, 2018 at 02:27 pm

Jose Luis Alvarez and conservation of monarch habitat in Mexico
We brought Jose Luis Alvarez to the Milkweed Symposium in Canada so he could teach attendees about the need to reforest monarch habitat in Mexico.

The 1st International Symposium on Milkweed

Last Friday I traveled to Becancour, Quebec with our friend Jose Luis Alvarez for the 1st International Symposium on American Silk (aka milkweed).  The symposium was put together by Francois Simard.  He’s a textiles engineer who’s developing technologies to use milkweed fibers as a down substitute in winter jackets.  Francois is trying to persuade farmers to plant milkweed as a commercial crop in the USA and Canada.

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International Monarch Symposium on the Silk of America

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

monarch symposium

Join us in Montreal for a discussion on Monarchs, Milkweed and Where we go from here.

Our friend, Francois Simard of Encore 3, is hosting the first ever International Monarch Symposium on the Silk of America. Silk of America? Yes, that’s the new and improved name for milkweed! The symposium will focus on the topic of monarch butterfly habitat conservation in the USA and Canada.

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2016 Monarch Butterfly Tour: A Trip Report

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:41 am

International Save the Monarchs Team
Our international team of collaborators, working to conserve monarch habitat in Mexico, the USA & Canada. From left: Peggy Farabaugh of Vermont Woods Studios, John Hayden of The Farm Between, Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Specialist, Jose Luis Alvarez of Forests for Monarchs, Francois Simard of Industries Encore 3 & Roger Rainville of BorderView Farm.

Monarch Habitat Restoration in the USA, Mexico & Canada

Last week Mexican monarch butterfly conservationist, Jose Luis Alvarez & Canadian entrepreneur, Francois Simard joined Megan & me for our Save the Monarch Butterfly tour of New England. We stopped at 8 venues from Boston to Philadelphia, and then wrapped it up with a visit to monarch researcher, Dr Lincoln Brower in Virginia.

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Metamorphosis of a Vermont Furniture Showroom

Inlaid monarch butterfly on maple end table
Breeze Verdant inlayed this beautiful monarch butterfly into a maple end table that Ken and Kyle built. It’s on display at Stonehurst until August 26th.

With our Save the Monarchs tour coming up next week, we decided to dress this Vermont furniture showroom up for the occasion.  Ken and Kyle built a beautiful maple end table and brought it over to Breeze Verdant who inlaid that amazing monarch image above.  There are actually over 100 tiny pieces of wood and metal in it!

Monarch Artistry in our Vermont Furniture Showroom
The Save the Monarchs banner, pamphlets & stickers were created by our ace artist, photographer & all around creative genius, Nina.  That’s a monarch nursery in the upside-down mesh clothes hamper.  Several monarchs in all different stages of metamorphosis are inside.  Hopefully some will be able to join us for the tour.

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Hell No, We Won’t Mow!

Last updated on November 18th, 2018 at 08:31 pm

"Hell No, We Won't Mow"
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Please join our “Hell No, We Won’t Mow” campaign and ask your local road crews if there are areas where mowing can be delayed until October. Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

7 Ways You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies From Extinction

Frequent flyers on this blog are well schooled on the plight of the beautiful monarch butterfly.  Over the last couple decades the population has declined by over 90% leaving the monarch in imminent danger of extinction.  Once a billion butterflies strong, there are now only about 50 million and the need to conserve their habitat is urgent.  The good news is that, with your help and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, it may not be too late.  Here are 7 things you can do to help the monarch make an epic comeback in 2016-2017:

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Vermont Woods Studios Raises Monarch Butterflies

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 02:48 pm

monarch butterflies
Can you spot all four caterpillars in this photo? These are just some of the little guys we’ve adopted this summer.

From barely noticeable caterpillar to one of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

Monarch Butterflies have long been a popular and famous insect. Their image is used everywhere from GMO free food labels to makeup ads. And, just a couple of months ago President Obama met with the Canadian Prime Minister and Mexican President to discuss how these three countries can save the monarch. With seven states including Vermont calling it their state insect, it’s a wonder how we’ve let the monarch butterfly population reach the endangered zone.

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3 Amigos & A Butterfly

Last updated on November 15th, 2016 at 08:22 pm

Save the Monarchs Tour

One of the monarchs we raised at Vermont Woods Studios last summer.
The monarch butterfly brought Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and me together in our efforts to help save it from extinction.

Can 3 World Leaders & 3 Small Businesses Save the Monarch Butterfly?

Last month President Obama met with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss climate change and how our three countries can save essential pollinators from extinction.  Independent of that meeting, another Mexican, a Canadian and an American were working on the same thing.  Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and I somehow connected because we all love nature and believe that small businesses can & should have a positive effect on the world around us.  The part of nature we’re focused on is the beautiful (and endangered) monarch butterfly.

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How To Plant Milkweed for Monarchs

Last updated on August 16th, 2021 at 01:35 pm

This is part of a series of posts on our Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project.

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Learn how to plant milkweed &  save the monarch from extinction.  Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

Calling all nature nuts and monarch butterfly enthusiasts!  You can help save the beautiful orange & black monarch butterfly from extinction.  It’s easy and you can do it no matter where you live, whether that’s a Manhattan apartment, a suburban ranch or an organic horse farm in Vermont.

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Conserving Monarch Habitat: The Vermont – Mexico Connection

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 01:47 pm

Jose Luis Alvarez has devoted his life to conserving habitat for the Monarch butterfly
Jose Luis Alvarez has devoted his life to conserving monarch habitat in Mexico.  He’s traveling to Vermont this summer to help us conserve the butterfly’s habitat here in New England.

I’m super excited today because our friend Jose Luis Alvarez is coming to visit Vermont this fall to collaborate with us on a project to help save the Monarch butterfly.  Jose Luis is a silviculturist in Mexico who has devoted his life to restoring the forested winter habitat of the Monarch.  Last month I traveled to Michoacan, Mexico to meet Jose Luis & see his work. I love Monarchs & we’ve been conserving their summer habit here in Vermont for many years so I thought maybe we should collaborate and get some Vermont-Mexico synergy going!

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