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.

Roscoe
12/1/2018 7:23:17 PM

Hello everybody. My name is Roscoe and I am looking to trade labor for a small pc of land for my wife Zoey , myself, and 3 dogs.. (All three bred to be farm dogs but stuck in the city with me) to live on in an alternative self sustained home. I won't sugar coat it I do not have experience on a farm. Sadly i was born and raised in the city and my employment backround is mostly in the steel industry but I am a quick learner and it's far and few between that I will need you to explain it twice. I do however love watching things grow and have a deep respect for animals. My main goal here is to soak up as much experience as i can as long as the opprotunity is there. I am willing to travel. I currently live in illinois so...you know. Somewhere by the mountains would be nice but I'm open to all kinds of options Feel free to get ahold of me with any questions Roscoebeck74@gmail.com 8152217005 text or call.. Leave a voicmail if i don't answer


WarrenC
11/9/2018 6:02:25 PM

Greetings land owners! I’m a mid-twenty year old male from central Texas. I’ve spent most my years growing up in suburbia living a very privileged lifestyle. Over the past few years I’ve began a career working in the oil and gas industry. I’ve grown and learned a lot from this industry; most importantly, I’ve learned to love the land and being outdoors. I’ve come to the realization that the industry I’m currently in is one that doesn’t align with the lifestyle I want to lead. At the same time I’ve learned that I rather enjoy being miles away from civilization, and hard work under the sun! I have a rather new passion for gardening and farming. I’ve spent countless hours reading and watching educational information on homesteading, but I realize nothing is like getting your hands dirty! I want a challenge and I don’t care where it is; I’m willing to travel anywhere for the right opportunity. I want to live-in, work, and most importantly learn about homesteading; so that one day I may have a place of my own. I am a fully capable male that has zero disabilities to prevent me from physical work. A fast learner and excellent at leading a project with clear objectives or known procedures. I’m open to any length in stay, but I’m primarily looking for an opportunity much like an apprenticeship where I can learn from experience and take what I learn back home to find a place of my own! Thank you for your time; I can be reached at the following email: warrencarpenter07@gmail.com


WarrenC
11/9/2018 5:22:31 PM

Greetings land owners! I’m a mid-twenty year old male from central Texas. I’ve spent most my years growing up in suburbia living a very privileged lifestyle. Over the past few years I’ve began a career working in the oil and gas industry. I’ve grown and learned a lot from this industry; most importantly, I’ve learned to love the land and being outdoors. I’ve come to the realization that the industry I’m currently in is one that doesn’t align with the lifestyle I want to lead. At the same time I’ve learned that I rather enjoy being miles away from civilization, and hard work under the sun! I have a rather new passion for gardening and farming. I’ve spent countless hours reading and watching educational information on homesteading, but I realize nothing is like getting your hands dirty! I want a challenge and I don’t care where it is; I’m willing to travel anywhere for the right opportunity. I want to live-in, work, and most importantly learn about homesteading; so that one day I may have a place of my own. I am a fully capable male that has zero disabilities to prevent me from physical work. A fast learner and excellent at leading a project with clear objectives or known procedures. I’m open to any length in stay, but I’m primarily looking for an opportunity much like an apprenticeship where I can learn from experience and take what I learn back home to find a place of my own! Thank you for your time; I can be reached at the following email: warrencarpenter07@gmail.com






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