The year 2006 marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of
Natural Life Magazine.
Here are some of the highlights of those three decades...from the
days of black and white photos, typesetting and paste-up by hand,
before personal computers and the Internet.
The front cover of the first issue, published in
November of 1976, 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 featured
articles about home birth, whole foods, home crafts, organic
gardening, homeschooling, sustainable housing, and frugal living.
has come a long way since then, but 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 the
"Natural Life 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."
We're proud that more than 30 years later,
continues this work of providing
personalized green solutions to natural family
living and ecological problems with a new generation of readers.
Have a look back with us at the anniversary features we
published in 2006 highlighting some of the solutions we've provided
to readers across North America and around the world since 1976.
Here is a complete
PDF version of the September/October, 1978 issue of
Natural Life (5 meg file).
Here is a
feature interview with Natural Life
Magazine founder and publisher Rolf Priesnitz, in the
November/December 2006 issue.