Green Thumb at Your Service is a garden coaching organization dedicated to helping gardeners of all kinds – home, corporate, house of worship, etc. Our mission is to inspire people to become independently healthy by coaching them on how to grow their own food.
Founded in January, 2011
Mark Lyons is the CEO.
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 launch Green Thumb at Your Service in January, 2011.
Green Thumb at Your Service
1136 N. Knollwood Dr.
Palatine, IL 60067
Personal consulting and coaching to teach clients how to grow more and better vegetables right in their location of choice. This includes, but is not limited to
House of worship
Club and organization presentations
Garden Troubadour newsletter and blog
Mark helped me to liven up a bare area along the side of my house. The soil there was pure clay, but Mark helped me to dig out that clay, replace it with good fertile soil, and plant some hostas, Thanks to Mark's efforts, those hostas come back, bigger, fuller, and more beautiful every year. Make no mistake -- if you want a beautiful and productive garden, then Mark is the man you want to hire.
— Cynthia Dixon, Mgr.Int'l Trade and Customs Compliance at Akzo Nobel Chemicals, Inc.
Mark helped us plant our first garden back in 2002, and every year since then. Every summer and fall, we have more potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and other veggies than we know what to do with. All the vegetables are delicious, too. Is it any wonder we keep hiring him? We especially like the way that he gets all of us -- even our kids -- involved in the process. It just wouldn't be spring and summer without an abundant vegetable garden, and it wouldn't be an abundant vegetable garden without Mark.
— Susan Hanacek, Loan Auditor at American Community Bank
Mark and I are both instructors for District 214 Community Education. I had the pleasure of attending two of Mark's gardening classes (Power Vegetable Gardening and Growing Terrific Tomatoes). I learned a great deal in both classes! My garden is doing so much better this year! As an instructor, Mark is organized, engaging, and highly knowledgable about vegetable gardening. He incorporates humor into his class; I had a good time learning how to improve my garden!
— Nadya Northrop, health and wellness coach at empoweringme.com
Mark is a knowledgeable and skillful garden coach. He has helped us with our vegetable garden every spring for the past ten years, and thanks to his efforts, we always have a wonderful vegetable harvest. The Big Zac and Beefmaster tomatoes he plants for us are delicious and we enjoy them immensely. I highly recommend Mark to anyone who wants a successful and productive vegetable garden.
— Sue Lazar, Consumer Goods Consultant and Professional
Mark is very passionate about gardening, and loves to share his extensive knowledge with his audience. Mark has made two presentations to my garden club, and on both occassions left us with new insights that could be implemented in our own gardens. His presentations were well organized, and delivered in a very engaging manner. I would strongly recommend Mark to any gardening group. You will get an informative and entertaining presentation, at a reasonable price.
— Luke Ross, Manor Garden Club Member