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

  • 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.

AmandaExplores
10/8/2018 8:03:01 PM

Hello! I have a degree in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation focusing in animal science, and many years farm experience. I'd be happy to work taking care of someone's farm and/or animals, depending on accommodations! Please let me know if you're looking for someone. I'm an experienced hard worker. afweinberger@gmail.com


D&M Farms
9/21/2018 1:52:23 PM

Looking for a couple or single man to help around the farm in exchange for free rent. Must be drug and felony free. Powell Ky You can reach us as davedeleon40@gmail.com


slimshady55
7/28/2018 3:47:37 PM

Would love to care take farm for some .Im retired military used to own my qwn dairy an beef farm.I know how to operate equipment take care of live stock looking for long term arrangment







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