Coming Soon: Rodale’s Organic Life


Dearest Reader,

When Organic Farming and Gardening magazine was launched in May 1942, the global chemical revolution was just beginning to claim conventional agriculture as its own. Only a few voices warned of the dangers—to our health, to our environment, and to our future.

J.I. Rodale, the founder of the American organic movement and Organic Gardening magazine and my grandfather, held firm in his belief that organic agriculture was essential to our health and survival, even as he was called a quack, a charlatan, and a revolutionary. Back then, if you believed that organic food was important, your only choice was to grow it yourself. Organic Gardening (he dropped “Farming” from the title in 1943, only to bring it back later) was your essential guide.

Over the years, Organic Gardening rode the waves of social movements. It became a hippie bible in the late 1960s. It fueled the search for self-sufficiency during the energy crisis of the 1970s. And in the 1980s, it became the friendly companion to the last of the original Victory Gardeners.

Seventy-three years later, there is a USDA-administered label to identify certified-organic food. There are 360 Whole Foods Markets that offer an organic bounty to shoppers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. And where once farmer’s markets were disappearing, they are back, providing direct and easy access to local organic growers. Organic has become a lifestyle and a set of values, not just a way to grow food.

Scientific evidence now points to the benefits of organic—to our health, to the environment, to ending climate change (organic agriculture stores carbon), and to our survival as a species. Even the United Nations is calling for an end to “conventional” agriculture. The consumer demand for organic food and fiber actually exceeds the supply and is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. In a time when not much else is growing, organic is growing strong!

J.I. Rodale’s original phrase “healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people” has never been more urgently true, which is why we are relaunching Organic Gardening magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life. Organic is now about so much more than gardening; it’s about your whole life—your home, your health, and our future together on this beautiful, amazing Earth.

The first issue of Rodale’s Organic Life (out in April 2015) will be a giant leap forward toward making your whole life healthier, happier, and more organic than ever! We’ve been working hard on the transition and know that you will love all of the new features and information. Until then, you can continue to find all the great information about your garden—and recipes for those tomatoes you are going to grow again this year—online at (You can look for these topics and more in the pages of Rodale’s Organic Life, too.)

—Maria Rodale

Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine’s Special Collector’s Issue, February/March 2015.


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8 Responses to Coming Soon: Rodale’s Organic Life

  1. Betty Bashaw January 28, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    How wonderful to be relaunching your magazine! And I LOVE the title. You are correct. Organic living is vital in ALL areas of our lives. As a family, we are constantly learning and, in response, changing our habits … slowly but surely. I will truly enjoy reading and learning from “Organic Life” Thank you!

  2. Dana B January 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Woohoo! Love this idea, especially as it seems to tie in really well with and Rodale News. Great holistic thinking! Can’t wait to read the first issue.

  3. Donna in Delaware January 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading the first issue.

  4. Kia Tomovska February 4, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    I can’t wait 🙂

  5. Phyllis in Canada February 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi, I would like to know if Canadian customers will be able to subscribe to the Rodales Organic Life Magazine. The current subscription form doesn’t allow us to order. Looking forward to becoming a subscriber. Thanks

  6. Salt Spring Island Suzie February 22, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I have the same concern as ‘Phyllis in Canada’. Why aren’t we able to subscribe to Organic Life in Canada?

  7. Kathie Ferko April 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Good day…

    So glad you are launching this newish magazine…was an avid reader of Organic Style…was so sad when it stopped publication. Can’t wait for issues to start….never seemed to find a magazine quite like the former one…I think my time for waiting is over…thanks so much


    Kathie Ferko

  8. Bridgett Adams January 13, 2019 at 10:13 pm #

    I used to get organic life magazine and I can’t wait to get it again ! Loved it

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