The Drop Collaborative (DC) is a Community Wealth-Building Initiative.
Designed to educate, innovate, match and combine local resources while addressing food scarcity - on our site or yours.
Utilizing DC’s missions and goals, each DC initiative is adapted and scaled appropriately for the needs of the local community.
DC is an award-winning initiative recognized for their curriculum and approach by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts.
DC & Kids Like Us Collaboration
“When the world is focused on the disability, we focus on the possibility.”
Utilizing Kids Like Us approximately 2 acre flat land behind their school, the Drop Collaborative (DC), will utilize DC’s missions and goals - Teach Farming, Donate Harvest, Mentor Youth and adapted appropriately for their community.
In addition to these goals, the DC’s agricultural curriculum workforce development component will build the inter-organizational skills necessary to reach Kids Like Us 10-year goal of developing a self-sustaining, holistic gated communities for Kids Like Us participants in which fresh food and agricultural products are grown, consumed, stored and sold.
Free Coloring Book & Crayons
All kindergarten-age children in the area* to get the
free coloring book
"The Story of the Drop Collaborative"
that teaches farming & community service
plus free crayons
with the illustrated by local artist, Maria Venable.
A DC FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
APPLICATIONS OF DC
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OUTREACH /DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MODELS
DC is always seeking Undergraduate & Graduate Students to expand our outreach to other communities / landowners and to develop new community models utilizing the four principles:
PROVIDE LAND • TEACH FARMING
DONATE HARVEST • MENTOR YOUTH
John C. Drop ('Uncle John'), a retired Belleville NJ police officer, relocated to Elizabethton, TN and loved spending countless hours on his farm.
'Uncle John' often spoke to his niece, Pattie Meyer, about how it would be a wonderful place to teach young people farming, donate their harvest to the community, and mentor younger children about the whole process while introducing them to farm life.
Implementing the vision of John C. Drop, Frances Meyer, heir to the farm and originally a native of Carter County, the Drop Collaborative was born.