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In 1930, J.I. Rodale, widely recognized as the father of the American organic movement, originally founded Rodale Inc., publisher of health and wellness magazines and books. Soon after putting some of his revolutionary horticulture theories into practice on a 60-acre farm near Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Rodale launched Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine, which taught readers how to grow better food by cultivating healthier soil using natural techniques, in 1942. Known today as Organic Gardening, the publication is regarded as the most highly read gardening magazine in the world.

Rodale introduced Prevention in 1950. The revolutionary magazine presented systematic ways readers could try to prevent illness and disease, rather than wait for the need to cure it. The innovation Prevention brand has since expanded to include Prevention.com, multiple international editions around the world, and a host of great books and digital properties.

In 1930, J.I. Rodale, widely recognized as the father of the American organic movement, originally founded Rodale Inc., publisher of health and wellness magazines and books. Soon after putting some of his revolutionary horticulture theories into practice on a 60-acre farm near Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Rodale launched Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine, which taught readers how to grow better food by cultivating healthier soil using natural techniques, in 1942. Known today as Organic Gardening, the publication is regarded as the most highly read gardening magazine in the world.

Rodale introduced Prevention in 1950. The revolutionary magazine presented systematic ways readers could try to prevent illness and disease, rather than wait for the need to cure it. The innovation Prevention brand has since expanded to include Prevention.com, multiple international editions around the world, and a host of great books and digital properties.

After J.I. Rodale’s death in 1971, his son, Robert D. Rodale, who had been president since 1951, took over the leadership of the company. Later, following Robert’s death in 1990, his wife, Ardath Harter Rodale, became chairman and chief executive officer of the company. Maria Rodale, granddaughter of company founder J.I. Rodale and daughter Robert and Ardath Rodale, was elected Chairman of the Board in 2007 and was named Chief Executive Officer in September 2009. Ardie Rodale served as the company's Chief Inspiration Officer until her passing in December 2009.

First Edition Identification

Through 1979, first editions from Rodale Press either have the words “First Printing” on the copyright page or no additional printings listed. Thereafter, first editions can identified by a sequence of numbers with “1” present.


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