Upcoming Events

  • All 2021 Summer Garden Dinner Series Package
    Jun 27, 6:00 PM
    Maryville, 135 Milligan Rd, Maryville, TN 37803, USA
    This package includes all four 2021 dinners with Guest Chefs from Walnut Kitchen, RT Lodge, Emilia Italian, and Farmacy.
  • Summer Garden Dinner Series with Alex Gass, Walnut Kitchen
    Jun 27, 6:00 PM
    Special Growers, 135 Milligan Rd, Maryville, TN 37803, USA
    Join us for a 3-course dinner in the gardens of special growers with Guest Chef Alex Gass from Walnut Kitchen.
  • Summer Garden Dinner Series with Trevor Stockton, RT Lodge
    Jul 25, 6:00 PM
    Special Growers, 135 Milligan Rd, Maryville, TN 37803, USA
    Join us for a 3-course dinner in the gardens of special growers with Guest Chef Trevor Stockton from RT Lodge.
  • Summer Garden Dinner Series with Matt Gallaher, Emilia Italian
    Aug 29, 6:00 PM
    Special Growers, 135 Milligan Rd, Maryville, TN 37803, USA
    Join us for a 3-course dinner in the gardens of special growers with Guest Chef Matt Gallaher from Emilia Italian.
  • Summer Garden Dinner Series: Bettina Hamblin, Farmacy
    Sep 26, 6:00 PM
    Special Growers, 135 Milligan Rd, Maryville, TN 37803, USA
    Join us for a 3-course dinner in the gardens of special growers with Guest Chef Bettina Hamblin from Farmacy.
 

Directions:

Special Growers

135 Milligan Rd.

Maryville, TN 37803

 

    About    

Special Growers was established in 2010 by a group of parents with special needs youth. These parents began realizing how few opportunities and outside-the-home activities remained as their children graduated high school and entered adulthood. This group decided to take action, and thus, “Special Growers” was born. The garden was started with hopes of selling vegetables and other produce grown by their youth at the local Farmer’s Market. However, after a few attempts, the quality and quantity could not match that of the big local farms of which Special Growers couldn’t compete with.

 

After careful consideration, they decided to adapt their original plan and specialize in the production of fresh herbs selling to local area restaurants.  Special Growers prides itself on the “freshest of herbs” delivered to restaurant kitchens within two hours of being harvested. In 2011, Vulcan Materials Company leased a large parcel of property to the new non-profit business and a greenhouse was donated by Out of Eden Garden Center. With the help of employees of Gerdau Ameristeel, the Special Growers greenhouse was quickly up and running, and it has been thriving ever since. 

 

Starting with three restaurants in 2012, Special Growers now delivers to 20 restaurants in the Maryville-Knoxville area. The greenhouse now employs eight special needs young adults and three interns year around with the addition of 25 – 30 disabled young adults during June and July in their summer work program. For the last two years, Special Growers has sponsored a weekly work-study program to all four local high schools, providing work opportunities to over 60 special needs students during the school year. 

 

As the years go by, things continue to change and update at the greenhouse—from the addition of hydroponics to the increasing number of restaurants served. However, the determined and strong work ethic of everyone involved in Special Growers has remained and only continues to grow.

To learn more about us, check out these short videos:

For additional questions or inquiries, please contact us at: 

Tel: 865-850-3468

email: specialgrowers@aol.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/specialgrowers/

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