A forest of monarchs: Third Thursday series features Peggy Farabaugh

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BENNINGTON >> This past summer, Peggy Farabaugh, founder and owner of an online sustainable furniture store specializing in high-quality, eco-friendly, handmade wood furniture from Vermont, Vermont Woods Studios, sponsored an educational tour around the Northeast for Jose Luis.

Jose Luis Alvarez is a Mexican tree nurseryman, who has for decades been growing trees for reforestation projects. In 1997 he created Forests For Monarchs (FFM) also known as La Cruz Habitat Protection Program (LCHPP), an innovative non-profit designed to restore the Monarch's forest habitat and at the same time give indigenous people a desperately needed source of wood for cooking, heating and building houses.

As Jose Luis will be back in Mexico, working hard to reforest the Michoacán area of Mexico, Farabaugh will share her knowledge of the monarch butterfly population decline as well as Jose's information. Topics will include monarch evolution, migration and discovery of over-wintering grounds, monarch population changes, deforestation and reforestation, US habitat issues, threats and future predictions. Discussion will be led by interest of audience. The event will be Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the One World Conservation Center.

Farabaugh, Founder & Believer, is a CEO who breaks for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning instructor at Tulane University with a master's degree in environmental health and safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.


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