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Maria Rodale
Hi, I’m Maria and welcome to my kitchen! Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen is a place for me to share yummy organic recipes, thought-provoking ideas and issues, organic gardening tips and techniques, recommendations for happy and healthy everyday living, and visits from my friends.

By day I’m chairman and CEO of the largest independent publisher left in America. By night I’m simply M.O.M. (which stands for Mean Old Mom) to three girls born in three different decades (the 80s, the 90s, and the last one—I mean it! 2006). By the way, they like me a lot despite being raised with tough love. I myself have reached the big 5-0 mile marker and am enjoying all the perks and insights that come with age. Between it all, I’m a writer, cook, organic enthusiast, romance novel lover, and major music fan who does yoga.

I don’t live on a farm, but I grew up on one—the first organic farm in America. I know farmers, love farmers, and find it enriching to buy directly from those who work directly with nature. I proudly live in the country, right where my food comes from and right in the midst of nature, which inspires me daily. Due to my day job, I spend lots of time in New York City, so I get my fix of culture and urban energy. But more than anything, I love to come home. And I love my kitchen and spend plenty of time there talking, eating, and enjoying the company of family and friends. Most of all, I love cooking simple good meals to help my family grow, paying homage to past traditions by recreating memories of food and remembering family members through their favorite dishes. All for moments like when my youngest exclaimed “Mommy, you make such yummy food!” She was eating corn fritters made with whole wheat flour!

Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen blends my strong devotion to family and simple good food fresh from the farm and garden, instilling a sense of responsibility about making the world a better place, respecting nature, and doing it all with a good strong dose of love.

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Entries by Maria Rodale

Green Lawns Don't Make for 'Green' Yards

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 8:51 AM


by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

The natural world is awakening from a tough winter, and our yards are greening up as the weather warms.

But are our yards really as "green" as they could be?

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It's Going to Be Fine

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 9:04 AM


Today was one of those days when I find myself reassuring everyone around me that it's going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine, I said at least 10 times. OK, maybe five of those times I was talking...

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Saving the World One Farm at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:59 PM


by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director

This Earth Day we have a global community in crisis. A terrifying climate trend that has the American people...yawning? A recent poll shows people nearly across the board rate climate...

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This Year's Peas

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:44 PM

OK, peas and I, we go a long way back. We've had our good year (somewhere around 2003) and our bad years (too many to name). We've fought rabbits and mostly lost. We've tried trellising of all sorts, elaborate and almost...

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A Yoga Hug

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:42 PM


By guest blogger Holly Walck, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher

"Nobody likes me, everybody hates me; guess I'll go eat worms. Long, thin, slimy ones; short, fat, juicy ones; itsy, bitsy, fuzzy, wuzzy worms."

The other night, as I...

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Fat Facts

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 11:59 AM


Human fat cells, photo by Dr. Peeke

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition

While a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I...

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DIY Organic Baby Food

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:37 AM


By guest blogger Robyn Jasko, cofounder of Grow Indie

Now that my son Ajax has reached 9 months, we've been having a lot of fun getting him to try new foods.

When we first starting giving him baby food, we...

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A Lifetime of Music

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:42 AM


For my birthday this year, my oldest daughter got us tickets to see Neil Finn at Town Hall in New York City. Now, most people have never heard of Neil Finn. But maybe you've heard of Crowded House. Or Split Enz....

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Digging the Dancing King

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger

I'm not a heterosexual man, but if I were, two of my heroes would be Nick Neave, Ph.D., and Kristofor McCarty, and my new favorite research facility would be the University of Northumbria....

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CSA Pizza Night

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:01 AM


By guest blogger Nate Luke, photographer and video director

Millsap Farms brings a lot to the table--literally. Along with providing community-supported agriculture (CSA) members with weekly assortments of freshly harvested organically grown produce, the Springfield, Missouri farm now hosts...

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Hitting the Reset Button

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 8:58 AM


By guest blogger Robyn Hessinger, intuitive, medium, Reiki master, and founder of Inspired Guidance

Sometimes we just need a fresh start. Whether it's in our career, our relationship, or even just our day. When this happens, often the best solution...

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Vindication for Lazy Parents (Like Me)

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:08 AM


The other day, while driving into New York City, I heard a radio interview with Dana Goldstein, author of the recent Atlantic article "Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework."

The article discussed two researchers from Duke University who went...

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Why I Will Not #BanBossy

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:35 AM


by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels

With all due respect to my idols, Sheryl, Beyoncé, and the other women of the #BanBossy campaign, I most certainly will not ban bossy. In fact, you can...

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5 Kitchen Cures to Help You Feel Vibrant

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 12:10 AM


by guest blogger Peggy Kotsopoulos, registered holistic nutritionist, culinary consultant, and author of Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal

How you look and feel is a direct reflection of what you eat. Food shapes the...

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Equal but Separate

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:47 PM


by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger

I can't believe it took researchers this long to figure out two things about heterosexual preferences. Number 1: Women like men and men like women. Number 2: Their everyday behavior bears that out.

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Support Earth Month by Taking the Non-GMO Challenge

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:40 AM


by guest blogger Courtney Pineau, acting director of the Non-GMO Project

For the past 44 years, people across the globe have celebrated our beloved planet during Earth Month in April. Originating from the first Earth Day, which occurred on April...

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Fishing for Fun at Kamalame Cay

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:48 AM


For spring break this year I wanted to find a nice place to go bonefishing that the whole family would enjoy. After all, it's not every year a 7-year-old girl makes a New Year's resolution to go to the Bahamas...

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Accept vs. Settle

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:08 PM


by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger

Despite my relentless pragmatism, I am, inexplicably, a big believer in signs. For the past several months, and very specifically for the past few weeks, I feel like the universe is trying to...

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Live Baby Chick Cam: Meet Our Polar Vortex Miracle!

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:26 AM


by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at

The cyclical nature of life is perhaps nowhere more apparent than on a farm. The trusty tomato plants of summer are shriveled, brown, and barren by October; even the ragweed that plagued...

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What Do You Stand FOR?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 2:21 PM


Most of us can easily answer the question of what we are against. Just a few key words will show you what I mean (I'm not implying which side of the fence any of us are on, just that there is...

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