My name is Brenda Rose. I am simply a woman with the courage to believe in a dream, trusting that the God who has given us this amazing opportunity has a bigger plan, and a story to write. I am experiencing a destiny. That belief has been real enough to change my life. I am the Founder and Director of Firefly Creek Ranch. Together with my husband, Skip Carver, we have developed a Non-Profit Farm Style Art, Community, and Retreat Center in the rolling hills of Guthrie County, Iowa.
My career has been as a Registered Nurse doing Care Management and helping families to navigate the Healthcare system when changes in health necessitate lifestyle changes & strategic planning. As a Family Caregiver, I know the importance of balance, and finding that place that Restores the Strength of the Soul through Art & Creativity. It is critical that we respect ourselves by putting our own ”Oxygen mask on” first. This helps us to find the strength to face our family & work obligations.
Creativity, Art, and Shared relationships bring healing to the body & soul at the molecular level. Art impacts health by reducing stress, increases coping with pain, managing the symptoms of Chronic Diseases, lowering blood pressure, and releasing endorphins. By helping our community to find purpose & meaning through expression of ideas, Art & Creativity, we improve health, reduce hospital days, and help prevent costly re-hospitalization.
By strengthening the Core Health of our Communities we increase well being, feelings of satisfaction with life, improve coping with life challenges, improve work productivity, strengthen families, and reduce the astronomical costs of poor health management on our system at every level from home to hospital.
Our back story- We were given a 31 acre County owned farm with a bass pond , and the challenge to accept it “as is”, and use the whole farm, including a large care facility, to prevent it from further deterioration.
Our farm had previously been the Guthrie County Home, serving residents requiring state assistance due to Mental Health Disabilities. After $750,000 of building improvements, the Governor made a decision to close large Mental Health facilities, and move those clients into smaller Group Homes to meet their care needs. Our farm was one of several facilities closed. One of the other County farms has been re-purposed as County offices and a Community College Agri Learning Center. Other closed facilities have not been able to find new purpose yet.
After our building had been closed over 2 yrs, it was being damaged by the lack of use. The County relinquished ownership to Firefly Creek Ranch, so that we could open the farm and buildings with new purpose and prevent further deterioration. Our goal has been to do something meaningful for the people of our County. Our vision is to create a Place of Restoration & Healing through Art & Relationships.
We have daytime Activity rooms, 7 overnight Bed & Breakfast rooms, a sewing room, an amazing commercial kitchen, a beautiful barn, campsites, and a simple farm atmosphere that is fertile for creativity & dreaming.
Our goal is to be as self sustaining as possible by developing what we resources we have into income generating base revenue.
- Winter Boat storage,
- Camping & Retreats,
- Daytime or overnight Business meetings and retreats,
- Daytime or overnight Art Retreats & events
- Family Picnics & Reunions
- Pinterest workshops
- Homestead Workshops
- Re-purposed hardware & barnwood projects
Future planning includes
- Alpacas and fiber activities.
- Barn style weddings
- East wing under development to create 6 affordable apartments for Summer weekly vacation or monthly rentals. ** We have the benefit of being located very close to Lake Panorama, a private lake community just 1 hour West of Des Moines, Iowa.
- Future development of Retreat cabins
At times we will need to reach out to our community and ask their generosity to support special Development Projects including
- Improving bathrooms and water pressure
- new roofs on the barns,
- developing a shaded handicap accessible fishing area at the pond,
- Alpaca & fiber art activities
- Awning over outdoor porch
- Outdoor fireplace/ oven
- Developing Retreat cabins
- Developing Wildflower & Healing Herb gardens
- Developing Apiaries
Please reach out to us for more information and questions on how we can support your group activity [email protected]ail.com 515-554-5489
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Come and see what makes us as unique as you are!
What else is in store?
- Ongoing Homestead Workshops
- Developing our stables and a barn for Alpacas & Miniature Horses
- Fiber Activities
- Art Classes
- Building relationships through shared Creativity