Bryan Welch

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Bryan Welch is the publisher and editorial director of Ogden Publications and a speaker on Eco-friendly matters. He writes a blog titled Beautiful and Abundant: Publisher Bryan Welch on philosophy, farming and building the world we want.,[1] on the Mother Earth News Web site.[2]

Background & Early Career[edit]

Bryan Welch grew up in rural New Mexico where he had his first experiences with sustainable living herding goats in the Chihuahuan Desert. Bryan earned bachelor's degrees in English and in Mass Communications at the University of Denver in 1981.

He later worked as a journalist, editor and in other management roles for newspapers in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Minnesota and Connecticut.

He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University where he studied media policy and media management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.

Ogden Publications[edit]

Welch began Ogden Publications in 1996 based in Topeka, Kansas. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Grit and Community Chickens. Ogden Publications (owned by Ogden Newspapers[3]) also serves niche markets with magazines and books targeting rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. Ogden provides consulting services to companies focused on green markets. [4] Total paid circulation of Ogden’s publications is 978,535 with readers in 97 countries.

Sustainability & Green Initiatives[edit]

In Spring 2010, Mother Earth News of Ogden Publications, teamed with Tenants To Homeowners in Lawrence, Kansas to facilitate construction of a green, energy efficient dome home that could be completed at an affordable cost.[5]

Welch was a guest speaker at The LOHAS Forum (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) in June 2008.[6]

Welch raises organic, grass-fed cattle, sheep and goats on his 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm near Lawrence, Kansas.


Welch is a member of the Magazine Publishers of America board of directors [7] and the Down Home Ranch Foundation board of directors. He is a past chairman of the Independent Magazine Advisory Group within the Magazine Publishers of America. He also serves on the board of directors for Social Venture Network.[8]



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