Mark Lyons has been an avid vegetable gardener ever since childhood. He got his start helping his parents grow their vegetable garden, an activity in which he eagerly participated while growing up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. After high school, Mark attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he took courses in biology, botany, biochemistry, agricultural economics, and home vegetable gardening, and received a BS in Agriculture. He then went on to graduate school at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where he received his MS degree in Agriculture.
After graduate school, Mark worked for eleven years for the Continental Grain Company as a project leader. He then switched careers and spent another six years as a strategic consultant and market researcher for Technomic, Inc., the premiere consulting company for the foodservice industry. At Technomic, Mark rose through the ranks to become a manager, and developed the knowledge and the skills needed to start his own business.
In 1988, Mark took over the operation of his parents’ vegetable garden, and spent the next several years cultivating and harvesting substantial amounts of tomatoes and cucumbers. In 2003, Mark began developing vegetable gardens for friends and family. His success in these endeavors, fueled by his love of gardening and his strategic consulting skills, led Mark to develop Green Thumb at Your Service.