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!

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

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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.

Twin Suns
9/20/2021 4:02:21 PM

Looking for a caretaker for 10 acres of land. Los Angeles County. Plenty of room for a trailer. Please contact Joe

9/20/2021 8:13:39 AM

Hi my name is Jamie I'm a army veteran with farm, construction, welding , and mechanic experience. I can also hunt and fish and am a extremely hard worker . I been wanting to live off grid for a long time but don't have the money to. I have a abundance of tools and cords tools witch I am willing to share . I'm 38 by the way. Single and just want to be free

9/20/2021 7:56:16 AM

Looking for a small homeplace on a farm to help protect and maintain your farm property for the privilege of living there. If you have a small home or cottage that you plan to keep in the family but no one to live in right now, having me there will help you keep it from deteriorating by just sitting vacant. If you have purchased a piece of land with a tiny cottage but can’t move there due to your job for a few years, I would be able to keep it safe and watched over during the meantime. If you have land in the central part of NC near Morrisville with an RV hook up spot that would also work. You may just need someone to help care for things while you travel. If you need extra help around the farm, the house and with pets. I would like to do some work to offset the rent and utilities as I enjoy working with animals, plant and most things outdoors. I can and am willing to learn to do anything that is needed to keep up the property. I am also a great cook if you might need help with that task. The main areas I would like to consider first in vicinity of Morrisville, NC because I do currently work a fulltime job so need to be within 30 minutes to 1 hour driving time from Morrisville, NC. Please message me at if you would like to discuss your availability and needs. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this possibility.



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