By Abby Morris-Frye, Elizabethton Star • October 13, 2017
As the sunlight fell across the fields and buildings, the sounds of children’s laughter rang through the air at the Drop Farm on Stoney Creek Friday morning.
Kindergarten students from Unaka and Hunter Elementary schools spent a day at the Drop Farm learning about animals and farming. The farm is part of the Drop Collaborative, a unique project between Carter County Schools and the family of the late John C. and Patti Drop, whose dream was to see their farm used to teach farming, give back to the community and mentor young children.
After John and Patti Drop passed away, their farm on Dry Hollow Road in Stoney Creek passed to Patti Drop’s sister, Frances Meyer. In trying to decide what to do with the farm, Frances and her daughter, Pattie Meyer, developed the idea of turning the farm into an education center and way to serve the community.