The Enchanted Garden Workforce Development 2021 Pilot Program

For Special Needs Young Adults


Modelled after the TN Department of Education Award-Winning DC SAE Program Model*, selected participants will be taught AG and Workforce Development.

Program is scheduled for 2021 at DC's Elizabethton, TN site.

Enrollment in EGWD 2021 is open to Special Needs individuals ages 16 and up (high functioning)

A maximum of 5 students will be selected for the EGWD 2021 Program.

Classes are FREE and the garden and program is COVID19 safe/observant.


What is the Enchanted Garden (EG)?

Two local non-profits, The Drop Collaborative and KidsLikeUs, have partnered to create 'The Enchanted Garden' (EG) at the Drop Collaborative's home site, 500 Dry Hollow Road, Elizabethton TN.  The EG is ergonomically designed by KidsLikeUs to serve our Special Needs and Senior Citizen populations as their host for classes, workshops, events and respite care. We donate harvest back to the community. In our space, everything is designed for and from the perspective of Special Needs and Senior Citizens - functionally tailored to their cognitive and behavioral abilities. 

What is the Drop Collaborative (DC)?

The Drop Collaborative is a small farming incubator designed to address issues and create solutions for local communities and the people they serve. The TN Department of Education has designated the DC SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Program Model* as a CTE (Career & Technical Education) Best Practice Model for the State of Tennessee. Class sizes are small (5-10) and adherence to keeping set schedules and safety standards is mandatory – designed to provide targeted instruction, maintain accountability in workforce development standards, and provide the surrounding neighbors with peace of mind by adhering to set hours, minimal foot and vehicle traffic and low noise interference.



 “When the world is focused on the disability, we focus on the possibility.”

Our programs are tailored for the Special Needs community, but all are welcome to learn and grow here as well. This is what “Kids Like Us” is all about. We believe that all children and young adults, regardless of ability or disability should:

  • Have the same opportunity to connect with others

  • Be able to learn and socially connect with new friends, and

  • Have a sense of belonging in the community.

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