Care Farming for autism and special needs friends

Creating meaningful opportunities for inclusion and acceptance for those with autism and all disabilities.

Help us build a Community Barn!

Cultivating Hope Farms is looking to grow our facilities! Currently, all programming is limited by weather as there is no indoor space.

This barn will allow not only program growth but increase the ability to serve more families. from surrounding areas.


Grow with us on the farm!

Our mission is to grow and support the health and well-being of persons with different abilities through care farming practices. We will cultivate growth through the planting of knowledge and skills that are transferrable to everyday life through the incorporation of animals, agriculture, and recreation. Our family-centered program provides a unique learning environment for participants to work on their individual goals and guide them towards a successful future.


Interact with Animals

Build Relationships

Gain Confidence


Social Skills


Chore Buddy

CHF Corral


Discovery Art & Animals

CHF Barn

Thursdays Sept 8-Oct 27.

Discovery Nature

Story County Conservation Center
McFarland Park


About Cultivating Hope Farms

Cultivating Hope Farms provides care farming experiences for friends with autism and other special needs. We have seen the impact working with animals has on those with special needs. They gain confidence, feel included and build relationships with others.

Cultivating Hope Farms is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation .

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our immediate needs and long term goals. We welcome your time, your skills, in-kind gifts and donations.

Thank you for your generosity!

In-Kind Gifts

Cultivating Hope Farms is a working farm. If you have any materials or equipment that you can donate to our cause, please contact us.


Our farm and experiences are run on volunteer time. From farming, fixing to peer mentoring, we welcome all volunteers.


Any contributions towards our goal is always appreciated. Thank you for considering a donation.

Our Stories

It’s Not Just For My Son

Before discovering Cultivating Hope Farms, we struggled finding the right type of therapy for our son.  When we first looked into CHF our original plan was temporary, just for the
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Lonely in a Crowd of People

There are days I wonder what it would be like to be the parent of only neurotypical kids. To be able to go anywhere without having to worry about remembering
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Connect with Us


5500 240th
Ames, IA 50014


(515) 210-5407