Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices for the purpose of providing a natural and positive teaching environment for the development of social skills, life skills, job skills. Care Farms provide supervised programs of farm related activities that include animal husbandry and cultivating plants.
The benefits of caring for animals can go beyond the human-animal bond by providing opportunities for meaningful occupations, mastery of tasks, leisure, relaxation and social growth.
Cultivating Hope Farms is an inclusive care farm. We welcome all individuals regardless of diagnosis. We are a working farm where individuals can practice the skills learned in therapy while learning about farming and having fun!
Learn to care for animals and cultivate plants while strengthening life skills!
Work on motor skills and social skills through riding, roping, groundwork, and sensory trails!
Have fun in our family-centered inclusive and accepting environment!
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.
Our vision is planting seeds, growing skills, and cultivating lives.
Planting ---> seeds of knowledge
Growing ---> skills by learning and working with animals and agriculture
Cultivating ---> participants by helping them attain their goals to guide them towards a successful future
Cultivating Hope Farms is an inclusive, family centered, supportive environment using farm care practices to help our participants learn valuable life and job skills. We value kindness and acceptance above all and encourage fun during work and play.
All programing is developed by a certified teacher, occupational therapist, and board certified behavior analyst.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our immediate needs and long term goals. Thank you for your generosity!
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
Kyle is the Owner and Clinical Director of Developmental Wellness and has more than 10 years experience in the ABA field. During this time she has grown her passion for teaching children functional skills and training parents effective-at-home techniques using practical strategies. The decade prior to becoming a BCBA, Kyle worked as a Medical Publications Manager and Principal Medical Writer focusing on behavioral disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, autism and ADHD. Her work
has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed
journals.Kyle received her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University; her Master’s in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Connecticut; and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is an Executive Board Member of the Iowa Association of Behavior Analysis. Kyle’s love of working with children extends into her home as a mom of a child with autism.
My name is Jill Crosser and I live in Ames with my family of 5- My husband- Cameron, Daughter- Teagan, Son- Brayden and sweet little Cavapoo puppy, King. We have called Ames home for almost 10 years. I graduated from Drake University with my masters in Rehab Administration in 2010. My education and passion for working with people has allowed me to serve in many diverse roles throughout my adult life. I am currently employed at Bankers Trust as a Consumer Services Manager on the retail side and am a member of the bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. My role allows and supports my passion for community involvement. I currently serve an Ames Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Chair the City of Ames Human Relations Commission, serve on the ACPC Board of Directors and will chair the Go Red for Women in Story County for the American Heart Association in 2021. I am also excited to work with the Planning Committee for the 2020 Symposium on Building Inclusive Communities, hosted in fall 2020. In addition, I am so excited and humbled to be asked to serve as the Vice President of the Cultivating Hope Farms Board. I am passionate about serving my community and believe in being an advocate for the people we live, work, and play with. Being part of this amazing group of people is an honor and a great opportunity to connect with community members and work with a great group of compassionate people that share the common belief that we value a diverse, equitable, and Inclusive community. I have worked with disability programming for the majority of my life and it has taught me so much and everything I do in life brings me back to the importance of serving. But mostly, I believe in hard work and that nothing is impossible when you are part of a team of people that share the same hopes and dreams as you. I love watching the pieces come together at Cultivating Hope Farms and cannot wait to see the farm working and changing lives!
Brad has been a Teaching Professor at Iowa State University for 14 years in Construction Engineering Program. He is also a Licensed Professional Engineer and sole proprietor of his own engineering business. He lives with his wife of 23 years, 5 children, and multiple farmyard critters on their rural Boone County acreage.
Gina has a bachelor's degree in math and is a certified secondary education teacher. She is a dedicated mom to 5 wonderful children and many grateful rescue animals. She is the owner of Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast and the heart and soul of Cultivating Hope Farms.
Sammie is a nursing student at DMACC working towards an RN degree. She is a Certified Nurse Assistant and is also working on becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. Her younger sister and cousin are both differently abled and inspire Sammie to pursue works of service.