Let's Grow Together
Farming and gardening have a lot in common.
Let's Grow Together encourages Iowans to try their hand at food and flower gardening while learning firsthand the many similarities gardening has with farming. Both farming and gardening take hard work, spark ingenuity and inspire an intense appreciation for where food really comes from.
We've teamed up with Earl May Nursery & Garden Center and Mark Jackson, a soybean and livestock farmer from Mahaska County, to provide expert tips for making the most of your garden and share stories of families who are "growing together."
The Streck Family "Grows Together"
With the support of Earl May, Joe and Lynette Streck and their three daughters began a from-scratch garden in their backyard in Van Meter. From planting seeds to enjoying fresh vegetables on the table, the experience deepened the family's appreciation for Iowa farm families and the food they produce. See their family's gardening journey.
"Despite the weather challenges, we have had a bountiful harvest and have enjoyed eating and baking with the fresh produce. I was surprised by how much I liked the fresh green beans having not cared for them ever before. I was most excited for fresh garden tomatoes. Store-bought tomatoes just don’t compare to a fresh tomato from the garden. The girls and I enjoyed baking zucchini bread and a rhubarb dessert that I used to make when I was their age," says Lynette Streck, Let's Grow Together participant.