The Drop Collaborative is an award-winning farming, workforce development and community wealth-building initiative designed to:
▶︎ Promote Workforce Development
▶︎ Support the local food sector
▶︎ Mentor Youth
▶︎ Facilitate productive regional collaboration with local business, educational and non-profit sectors
Our program teaches agricultural skills while addressing the regional issue of food scarcity by donating our harvest to the community.
We work with participating non-profits, educational institutions, small business and other local associations to appropriately adapt and scale the Drop Collaborative’s educational curriculum according to the needs of their unique community.
Since our start in 2015, the Drop Collaborative has quickly demonstrated the programs power.
▶︎ Named one of the top five Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by the Tennessee Department of Education.
▶︎ Donated over 3000 lbs of food to the community.
▶︎ Mentored over 200 participants through partnerships with Unaka High School, K-2 Carter County Public Schools and Recovery Soldiers, a faith-based addiction recovery program.
▶︎ 2017 TACD Conservation Promotion Award (Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts)
Through the years, I’ve seen many initiatives in education come and go, but never before have I seen something as powerful as this Drop Collaborative and realize that there are endless opportunities for our students, our school, and our community.
Dr. Melissa Loveless
Unaka High School, CTE Principal