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Organic Gardening Mag

Organic Gardening Mag

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Over its 73-year history, Organic Gardening has become a trusted source of information on living sustainably. In the magazine’s final issue before it transitions to Rodale’s Organic Life, the editors delve into the archive to bring back some of the magazine’s best features, recipes, personalities, and gardening tips from 1942 to the present. This nostalgic special issue celebrates milestones in organic history and the prescient organic pioneers who led the way.

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The Forties: The birth of Organic Farming and Gardening coincides with a nation going to war.
The Fifties: Ruth Stout encourages gardeners to take the easy route to a bounty of produce; aerial spraying of DDT causes alarm and lawsuits.
The Sixties: Silent Spring sparks nationwide concern over the dangers of pesticides.
The Seventies: Vegetable gardening becomes a route to self-sufficiency, while environmentalism turns radical.
The Eighties: More Americans seek a healthy organic lifestyle; Meryl Streep speaks out against chemical residues on food.
The Nineties: Edible landscaping catches on; the USDA struggles to define what can be labeled “organic” in the marketplace.
The New Millennium: Genetic engineering becomes the buzzword in the sustainability movement, while farmers’ markets and urban gardens re-emerge.


Maria’s Page: On the history and future of Organic Gardening.
J. I. Rodale: A remembrance of the founder of the organic movement.
From Our Mailbox: An eclectic sample of photos we’ve received from readers.
The Rodale Institute: The founding and research of the influential organization.
Robert Rodale: The life of an organic leader and visionary.
Compost Corner: Tips, quotes, and a quiz about everyone’s favorite—black gold.

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