For those not super-entrenched in the organic world, Maria Rodale may not be a household name. However, Maria Rodale is part of the Rodale family, which is as close to royalty as it gets when it comes to organic food in the U.S.
In 1947, Maria Rodale’s grandfather, J.I. Rodale, came to understand the connection between soil quality and health, and founded the Soil and Health Foundation, forerunner to the Rodale Institute.
More famously, he also founded Organic Farming and Gardening (now known as Organic Gardening), which was the first organic magazine of its kind. This venture led to many other books, magazines and served as the foundation for the Rodale publishing empire.
Now led by Maria Rodale, the company is the leading multimedia company with a focus on health, wellness, and the environment, and the largest independent book publisher in the U.S.
Rodale reaches 70 million people through its various media properties.
Aside from her job as chairman and CEO of Rodale, Maria Rodale has her own blog called Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.
In her blog, Maria Rodale asks me seven questions that cover various organic and non-organic issues. If you want to know why living organic is important to me, who my favorite musician is and what is the one kitchen appliance I can’t do without, please go check out the interview.