Work as a Farm Caretaker, and Live Rent Free

If you've always wanted to farm, but aren't ready to buy a place of your own, learn the ropes as a farm caretaker. Best of all, you will live rent free!

| May/June 1976


It's hard work taking care of a farm, but a great way to live rent-free doing what you love.


Are you ready to head for the country, but lack the $$ to buy or rent land? That was Dale and Sandy Deraps' situation exactly . . . until a friend suggested that theycaretake a farm.  

You've probably heard of house-sitting, or living in-and looking after—a residence while its owner is on vacation.

Well, farm caretaking is somewhat similar . . . except that, in the kind of cases I'm talking about, the owner is always away, so you don't have to worry about moving out in a couple of weeks or months. Plus, you get to see what farm life is all about—firsthand and close up—without having to invest thousands of dollars in your own "spread".

Sound like a good deal? We thought so, after a friend of ours explained the idea to us. At the time we had just spent weeks gumshoeing around the backwoods in search of low-rent rural housing (to no avail), we were ready to try anything . . . and caretaking sounded like just the answer.

So, at a cost of around $100, we placed the following ad in various newspapers and county journals over a two-month period:

We will protect and maintain your farm property for the privilege of living there. Caretaking includes safeguarding adjacent outbuildings, livestock, equipment, crops, woods, roads, fields, and water systems. No utilities needed except on-site water and stovewood privileges. Must be no more than two hours' driving time from St. Louis. Reply to Box__or call collect (314) 000-0000.

10/3/2017 1:20:10 PM

when can I begin? where can I find this arrangement?

10/3/2017 1:19:27 PM

This sounds ideal for me. Where can I find such an arrangement? I need to move very soon too.

10/3/2017 1:19:25 PM

I have always wanted to be on a farm. Sounds ideal. I have to move soon, so this would be ideal for me. Can you tell me where can I find such arrangements?

9/17/2017 2:02:35 PM

This is an awesome idea and a great situation to be in. I would love for something like this to be my life. Lol. Idk how well I'd fair in some rural areas as I am pretty obviously a lesbian hippy. But. I'm going to look into this

9/17/2017 12:20:04 PM

Could anyone please give me some tips on finding some of these work for rent farming/caretaker in Missouri I really don't know how to look for them since I'm in another state please help my email

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