A FACTORY LIKE A FOREST – A DISRUPTIVE FORCE OF NATURE

The Bark House demonstrates qualitatively and quantitatively that which has been envisioned metaphorically– a factory can be like a forest.  Air, water and soil are improved in the local life-shed that’s impacted by company manufacturing processes. Like a forest, the Bark House enhances more than its place of origin.  Its products connect the local community and … Continued

What 8th Graders Know

  At the end of September, The Bark House participated in a river sweep with the Toe River Valley Coalition and Mrs. Sirois 8th grade Science class.     Some of the things that the students discovered were: Whoever made kayaking “a thing” was pretty smart. “This” does not belong in the river. I got … Continued

Ben and Jerry’s / Playhouse

Ben’s Cabin Sally Friedman purchased Ben Cohen’s Cabin (of Ben and Jerry’s) that was located adjacent to her home and “reimagined the handmade home in paradox”. She refurbished the cabin and created a whimsical retreat. “The back porch is perched over a waterfall and has a birch tree growing through it. The windows are salvaged … Continued

B Corp Best for the World x 10

The Bark House® at Highland Craftsmen, Inc.® is honored in the Best for Community list for 2016, which includes businesses that earned a Community score in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment . The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. … Continued

A NATURAL IDEA – BUT NOT FOR THAT TIME

We arrived at the Yosemite Visitor’s Center just as employees hung the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Celebration Banner.  This was the fourth and final stop on a trip that began in San Francisco and included Sequoia, The Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite.  It was a wonderful time to spend with family learning all about … Continued

2016 B Corp Retreat Slated for North Carolina

Asheville B Corp Champions Planning Meeting
North Carolina has been announced as the host state for the 2016 B Corp Champion’s Retreat!  The event will begin in Raleigh-Durham October 11, 12 and 13th.  With a most gracious southern style of hospitality, the Asheville B Corp planning committee quickly included a week-end add-on to Asheville.  Participants may now choose to extend their … Continued

Patagonia and Power and Grace

Bark House Beautiful Outside and Within
  part 2 of 2 Vincent Stanley from Patagonia met with a group of B Corps in Asheville, NC in September.  The conversation centered on responsible companies, which echoes the title of his and Yvon Chouinard’s (Founder and Owner of Patagonia) book.  One of the opening quotes shared by Vincent was from writer Norman Maclean … Continued

PATAGONIA – A Company Poised For Success

  part 1 of 2 This September, Vincent Stanley the Chief Philosophy Officer of PATAGONIA and nephew of Founder Yvon Chouinard, will do presentations with various public and private groups in Asheville, North Carolina.  Vincent and Yvon have worked together since the original equipment company in 1973 that eventually became the outdoor sport clothing retailer we … Continued