Volunteers swarmed the Firefly Creek Ranch in rural Guthrie County to help slice apples, knead dough and spice up traditional apple pies Saturday afternoon.

The apples, freshly picked from the Ranch’s only apple tree, were brought into the Ranch’s huge kitchen by the bucketful.

That day, volunteers not only learned how to bake pie, but they also learned the satisfaction that comes from giving back.

They were going to pack up the pies and send them to the Bagley Public Library, where slices are going to be given to children who need or want a snack after school.

It’s that sense of giving back to the community that keeps Firefly Creek Ranch owner Brenda Rose excited about her business.

Rose bought the Ranch back in 2016 from the county board of supervisors. She’s since transformed the old county home into a community space, a bed and breakfast and even her own home.

She has some big plans for the space.

She wants to renovate a barn out back. And she might bring in some Alpacas. She wants to add some tents near a natural stream that flows through the property to give people a “glamping” or “glamorous camping” type experience.

Most importantly, she wants to use the former county building to do some good.

Rose wants to turn a portion of the building into affordable housing. At least one apartment will eventually be up for rent, and then some single-room dorm-style options will be available as well.

Rose is currently collecting money to turn on the heat so she can renovate the rooms. Since the heat hasn’t been on, there are other repairs that need to be done, too, including fixing damaged water lines and fixing the steam boiler system.

For now, though, there are still plenty of other ways Firefly Creek is benefitting the community.

The Ranch offers events like a live music & bonfire event that will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Dan Jones will provide music while hot dogs, coco, S’Mores and hot cider will be served. The event will take place at the Ranch at 2345 Redwood Ave.

Groups needing a space to meet can also contact Rose. There’s plenty of meeting rooms and a fully-functioning kitchen at The Ranch.

Rose said she’s excited for everyone to come visit and hopes everyone can find peace on the farm.

“I just think having joy and having laughter is a healing thing... Being grounded on the farm is part of a healing thing,” Rose said. “It goes deeper than you can measure.”