Natural Life Magazine Celebrated
40 Years of Publishing in 2016
November, 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of Natural Life Magazine.
We have come a long way since then,
from the days of black and white photos,
typesetting and paste-up by hand, print publishing on newsprint
with five different editions to cover various parts of North
America, and mail preparation parties in our living room. 1976 was, of course, long before personal computers and the
Internet, and nobody back then envisioned the web-based magazine
that you see here today.
Throughout all those years, some things have not changed.
Natural Life Magazine has maintained the same independent
ownership and editorial integrity. And its mandate is still the
same. Here's how founder and Publisher Rolf Priesnitz put it in that
first issue, for November/December 1976:
Magazine was created to help provide
the information that each of us needs to base our decisions on, and
find our personal solutions to, the
day-to-day alternatives available to us and our families. We hope to
demonstrate the natural alternatives which
will provide the greatest chance for a peaceful, healthy,
environmentally friendly co-existence.
Natural Life will report on developments in the
environmentally appropriate technologies; focus on the positive
steps each of us can take to live as close to the natural life as
possible; provide contact with people and organizations engaged in
the search for the natural life; and serve as a medium for the
exchange of views on how to attain a saner world in which to live."
The front cover of the first issue, pictured here, featured a traditional farm scene, while on the
back was the same scenery with a "modern" back-to-the-land scenario
of geodesic dome, wind generator, and other sustainable lifestyle
features. That and subsequent early issues of Natural Life
Magazine featured articles about home birth, whole foods, home crafts, organic
gardening, homeschooling, sustainable housing, and frugal living.
We're proud that more than 40 years later, Natural Life Magazine
continues this work of providing
awareness about environmental and social issues, as well as personalized green solutions to natural family
living and ecological problems with a new generation of readers. And
we are working hard to share both new articles and many from
that are still pertinent today.
In 2006, editor
Wendy Priesnitz created a series of 30th anniversary
issues highlighting some of the solutions we've provided
to readers across North America and around the world since 1976.
You can read those here:
Here, also, is a complete
PDF version of the September/October, 1978 issue.
feature interview from 2006 with Natural Life Magazine founder and publisher Rolf Priesnitz.