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!


  • farmhouse
    It's hard work taking care of a farm, but a great way to live rent-free doing what you love.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ALMGREN

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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.

zebra
2/17/2021 1:12:52 PM

small herb n cannabis wannabe farm seeking,organic vegi grower /vendor gsa.[growsite administrator] all around helper ,im retired ,tired, in illinois valley southern oregon will share 12 beautyfull ranch like high mt desert botanical area property.with litterly a 60 mile wilderness backyard, gold in the river creeks down the road. for your help ,rv it till maybe u build a tiny house cottage.computor talent a plus.must love gardining animals humble simplistic lifestyle .24777nb at gmail......


katB
2/8/2021 10:33:17 AM

Hi all, I am a clinical herbalist (Master of Science) with a focus on growing teaching and helping others through native and medicinal herbs. I am just back in the US after 5 years in Australia. Currently in Colorado Springs. I am looking for a 3-6 month stay/position. If anyone would like to add medicinal herbs to their current garden or CSA, please contact me. kat.herbalmedicine(at)gmail(dot)com


Mary Hart
2/6/2021 9:26:24 AM

Just wanted to update everyone that we have found a farm caretaker. I could not figure out how to delete my prior post.






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