TerraVine Growers, SPC
Located in the beautiful Kittitas Valley, Terravine Growers, SPC is a twenty acre vegetable and herb farm owned by partners whom have autism and other intellectual disabilities.
Our produce is available at local farmers markets, area restaurants and through a seasonal CSA, community-supported agriculture program which provides delivery of our organically grown produce.
Terravine Growers is committed to organic production practices such as use of compost and other organic material, beneficial insects, cover crops and crop rotation. In the same way that we are growing a sustainable farm, we are growing a business that will strengthen the local food economy and nourish our community for years to come.
Terravine Grower’s mission is to educate people in the importance of environmental stewardship and healthy food, to reconnect us to the land and our local sustainable food supply, and to inspire us to take action in our daily lives and in our communities.
Our venture is also grounded in a strong social mission – helping individuals with autism and others disabilities access their potential. By thoughtfully caring for the land and cultivating a local sustainable food source, we bring meaning to work, which is truly a productive service to our community and society. The focus is not on disability, but on capability; working towards social renewal through agriculture.
– 80% of adults with autism are unemployed –
Terravine Growers, SPC was founded by families affected by autism in an effort to empower individuals with this diversity by giving them the tools needed to start their own small farming business.
Terravine Growers is a scalable business dedicated to the empowerment of individuals with autism which is deeply grounded in a social mission with the goal of succeeding as a profitable business.
With autism rates soaring and an 80% unemployment level amongst adults with the disorder, these four intrepid business owners will hopefully inspire other individuals with ASD to use their talents, gifts and abilities to be resourceful, aim high and pursue their dreams as well.
Terravine Growers Support Team
As partners of TerraVine Growers, SPC, Tyler, Jake and Dalton complete the majority of the labor themselves with the support of the Trellis Center. They are responsible for all of the marketing, deliveries, processing and financial matters, with oversight from Guardians LLC.
With the support of the Trellis Center the partners have developed a deeper understanding of crop management, irrigation, weed control, pest and disease management, and the importance of timing in dealing with all of these aspects of vegetable growing.
Trellis Center Support Staff includes: a part-time executive director; a full-time program coordinator; full-time vocational coordinator, full time activities coordinator; program assistant Central Washington University interns; and numerous volunteers. The Trellis Center is currently serving adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities on a full-time basis, and has been operational since 2011.
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Terravine Growers CSA Program
Terravine Grower produce is available through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program, in which members of the public support the farm by committing to purchase shares of its produce for a season. Each member of our CSA receives a weekly crop box of fresh produce throughout the growing season.
Buying locally grown produce through our CSA program means you are:
- helping employ individuals with autism and other disabilities
- investing in the local economy
- living green by purchasing food that was grown with minimal impact on the planet
- decreasing your carbon footprint by minimizing the distance your food travels to your plate
- living healthy by purchasing food that was grown naturally using organic methods
Joining our CSA gives you the opportunity to partner with a local farm. We invite you to become our partner in 2017. When you purchase a membership share of the CSA program, you are partnering with Terravine Growers. This partnership is more than just fresh, wholesome, local produce; it is joint support of our greater mission.
If your would like to contact the Terravine Growers office, please fill in the form at left and we will return your enquiry within one to two business days.