The Andrew Drumm Legacy

A Cattleman's Promise to Children


Andrew Drumm was a cattleman and livestock entrepreneur whose spectacular success placed him among Kansas City's elite at the turn of the 20th Century. At the height of his success and influence, he resolved to use his resources to fund a working farm where hundreds of orphan and indigent boys, over several generations, lived, worked and gained self-reliance. As part of the 2019 centennial of what is now the Drumm Farm Center for Children in Independence, Missouri, this biography details Drumm's experiences in the California Gold Rush and on the cattle trails of the American Southwest before he moved permanently to Kansas City. There Drumm helped build the city's stockyards and meatpacking district before establishing the farm, where children continue to benefit today from the cattleman's magnanimous gift.



Drumm in the news!




"For a century, the Drumm Farm Center for Children has inspired the next generation to reach their fullest potential..."


Drumm Farm: 100 Years Anniversary

- The Examiner | October 6, 2019   


"The Drumm Farm Center for Children in Independence commissioned Constance to sculpt a bronze bust of Andrew Drumm, who built the locally famous farm in 1919..."


92-year-old sculptor from Independence proves it’s never too late to find your passion

- Fox 4 KC | October 9, 2019   


"A farm in the middle of Kansas City is helping kids in foster care heal, grow, and learn important life lessons..."


Fostering on the Farm

- Successful Farming | September 3, 2019   


"A nonprofit in Independence operates with young adults, ages 18-22, in mind since they've aged out of the foster system and often have no means to start their adult lives..."


Local nonprofit Drumm Farm to open new apartments for foster children who’ve aged out

- Fox 4 KC | August 26, 2019   




"Dumm Farm provides a nurturing environment that helps children in foster care build successful lives with services that support forever families..."


- KCPT TV | August 7, 2019   




"Celebrating its centennial year in 2019, Drumm Farm Center for Children is a community within itself. Drumm provides a nurturing environment for some of our most vulnerable citizens..."


Local foundation honors community leaders

- The Examiner | May 25, 2019   


"A century after a wealthy local businessman Andrew Drumm established the namesake farm institute with his will, the directors of what is now Drumm Farm Center for Children are taking the year to celebrate his vision being carried out for 100 years – and hopefully another 100 more..."


Drumm Farm’s century of helping young people

- The Examiner | April 25, 2019   


“Drumm was founded in 1919 by Andrew Drumm. He was a local banker and owned a cattle company here in the Kansas City area. He had a real heart for the youth he saw here in the downtown area who were not with their families…”

(John's segment starts around 35:50)


KC Cares Episode 331

- KC Cares | April 15, 2019   


"Today's Give Back Friday is a conversation with Brad Smith, Executive Director of Drumm Farm Center For Children. Brad tells us about Drumm Farm's mission and the 100th anniversary celebrations happening all year long..."


Give Back Friday: Drumm Farm Children's Center

- The Bridge | March 15, 2019   




Watch a sneak peek of the upcoming documentary-style video produced by Summit Video Services.

Learn about the history of Andrew Drumm and the legacy he has left at the Drumm Farm Center for Children.

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Drumm Farm Market is open Saturdays, 8am-12pm, and Wednesdays, 4-7pm. Come and see us!
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Greetings!
It was an amazing spring at Drumm Farm. Baby goats, baby lambs, lots of chicken eggs, major rain events, hay baling, finished new homes, two new families, lots of learning and emotional healing, kids reunified with their families or adopted to forever families, final plans for our counseling and educational center, record fundraising at the Thrive and Shine Benefit Dinner, more than 50 youth living on campus, pledges of funding for a new house in 2017, and so much more. All the result of committed supporters like you engaged by a mission to provide loving homes and quality services for children.
The Drumm Farm Market is now open Saturdays, 8 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays, 4 PM - 7 PM. The Market exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Drumm. So much is accomplished as kids participate in experiential learning by working at the market:
  • Selling products produced at Drumm
  • Engaging the public by providing customer service
  • Building the community's understanding and connection to Drumm's mission
  • Sharing the unique beauty of the campus
  • Honoring Drumm's grand history of kids and farming
So join us at the Drumm Farm Market soon. You will impact the lives of our kids and support our mission every time you visit.

All the best,




Brad Smith
Executive Director
Drumm Farm Center for Children, Inc

TOPAt a glance
Drumm Farm intern realizes nonprofit work is in her future

Congrats to our current intern Shantanique Tolbert for being recognized in a recent article in The Examiner!


Drumm Family Dinners

Drumm families prepare meals for anywhere from 8 to 18 people so you can imagine how much they appreciate a break once in a while! The second Thursday of every month they get that much needed break and a fun-filled evening too.

An update on the Compass program

Through generous donations the boys have enjoyed several experiences including a Royals game, bowling and a night out on the Plaza. These experiences help create positive memories for the boys which connects them together for life. Thank you for your continued support!


Educational Support Update

It has been an exciting spring. A new Math curriculum, called Number Worlds will be initiated for the 2016-17 school year and over the last six months students assisted in organizing all the current books in the Ray Morrison Library. 

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Save the Date
  • Frank White, Jr. Invitational Golf Tournament - Friday, September 16 at Fred Arbanas Golf Course
  • 15th Annual EMC Golf Classic - Wednesday, October 5 at Drumm Farm Golf Club
  • 15th Annual Crossroads Golf Classic - Thursday, October 6 at Drumm Farm Golf Club
  • 3rd Annual City Slickers Hoe Down - Saturday, October 15 at Drumm Farm Center for Children

Drumm Farm Market

Drumm Farm Market is open Saturdays, 8am-12pm, and Wednesdays, 4-7pmWe have produce, apple cider, jams and jellies, fresh breads and cinnamon rolls, pork, lamb, and of  course eggs!

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Drumm Farm Wish List

Oftentimes we receive calls or inquiries about things we might need at Drumm. If you or someone you know is interested, here are some items from our wish list:
  • Beds and bed frames for our new houses
  • Packaged twin bed sets for our new kids
  • Adult size farm/work boots for our Compass boys
  • Wire shelving, plastic buckets and large storage boxes

Our chickens lay eggs all year_ so you can enjoy Kody_s Eggcellent Eggs even during the winter. Get you eggs at the Drumm Farm Market.

Kody's Eggcellent Eggs will no longer be sold from the administrative offices beginning Wednesday, July 6th. Stop by the market on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to get your eggs!


dinnerDrumm Family Diners
Drumm families prepare meals each day for anywhere from 8 to 18 people. So, you can imagine how much they appreciate a break once in a while! The second Thursday of every month they get that much needed break and a fun-filled evening too! Many individuals and organizations volunteer to provide that meal. Thanks to Eastern Independence Rotary, Junior Service League of Independence, PEO - The Villas, Colbern Road Restoration Branch, Olsson Associates, L.E.A.D. - Independence Chamber of Commerce and many more!
If you or your organization would be interested in providing a meal for our families, please contact John Tramel at John.Tramel@DrummFarm.org or call 816-373-3434. We are still in need of volunteers for Thursday, September 8 and Thursday, October 13
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 compassCompass

The COMPASS Program and residents are in full summer mode with the boys attending classes and working while trying to find time for fun summer activities to participate in throughout the community.  Djemarley is taking a summer course at Penn Valley and working three jobs while studying for his citizenship test.  Shaquan is working full time on the farm planting and harvesting delicious produce for the Market.  Dakota is performing at Comedy City, preparing for his role in the Music Man with Raytown Performing Arts Council and working.  Michael is working full time and in the process of enrolling in the Police Academy at Blue River.  Drumm welcomed a new resident, Zabdiel, in May who is attending summer school and working on the farm.  
Every Monday evening Compass comes together as a group to connect with each other and the community.  Through generous donations the boys have enjoyed several experiences including a Royals game, bowling and a night out on the Plaza (two had never been to the Plaza).  These experiences help create positive memories for the boys which connects them together for life.   




If you would like to help provide an experience for the Compass boys, please contact Libby Hernandez at Libby.Hernandez@DrummFarm.org or call 816-373-3434. The boys' wish list includes: Worlds of Fun, paint ball with Brad, movies, Cool Crest and attending a Sporting KC game.  

edEducational Support Update

t has been an exciting spring. A new Math curriculum, called Number Worlds will be initiated for the 2016-17 school year.  Number Worlds offers math manipulatives, print and software material to support math concept learning.

Over the last six months students assisted in organizing all the current books in the Ray Morrison Library.  Library books were organized by genre, fiction and non-fiction, plus reading level for students.  Parent and teacher resources were also categorized.  This project took several weekends to complete. Reading curriculum was purchased to support our menu of resources for fluency, comprehension and independent reading. Highlighting the library project was a grant from the Independence Young Matrons for new furniture in the library.  The library is a hub for meetings and lessons for students.

More than 700 instructional service hours were provided to students at Drumm during the 2015-16 school year. 


Summit Custom Homes

Thank you to this year's dinner sponsors: Summit Custom Homes and Carman and Tom Duvall. 

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Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping foster children reach their goals in healthy & effective ways. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and educational services, highly trained and experienced licensed foster parents, and a network of community supports dedicated to helping achieve individual success for each child.
 
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Drumm Farm Center for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.