Cover art for the Fresh Pickings Magazine

Fresh Pickings: Spring edition brings ag awareness to consumers across Iowa

April 28, 2022 | Lydia Zerby

More than 100,000 food and health-minded Iowans discovered the latest issue of Fresh Pickings magazine in their mailboxes and email inboxes this week.

The Iowa Food & Family Project’s seasonal print publication makes modern agriculture accessible, interesting and relevant to consumers statewide through personable editorial and stunning photography.

The latest issue introduces readers to several Iowa farmers who are creating a paradise for pollinators and why keeping areas abuzz with activity is essential for food production. Plus, readers will discover how to build gourmet burgers and vibrant pork bowls just in time for outdoor gatherings. As schools prepare to wrap up for the summer, Sara Preston, a sixth-generation farmer near Swea City, shares the vast opportunities for careers in agriculture.

Fresh Pickings magazine, published quarterly, is available at no cost at Iowa-based Earl May Nursery & Garden Centers and distributed at Iowa FFP events (while supplies last) as well as by partners and select organizations featured in the issue. Readers can also view the publication online and request a mailed subscription at

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About the Iowa Food & Family Project

The Iowa Food & Family Project invites Iowans to explore how food is grown, raised and enjoyed around the state and meet the farmers who make it happen – 24/7, 365 days a year. The initiative networks with nearly 35 food, farm and healthy living organizations that are proud of Iowa's homegrown foods and hometown values to connect with more than 130,000 food and health-minded consumers. 

Funded in part by the soybean, pork, corn, beef, dairy, egg and turkey checkoffs as well as non-checkoff resources.