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.

11/23/2021 5:51:52 PM

Hey, please read! My name is Cameron and I currently live in New Jersey! I am 21 years old! I am also gay. I am very into peace, spirituality and things like that. A few years ago I worked on a horse farm for about a year and fell in love with horse but my family can’t afford that. I am looking to move almost anywhere in the world. To work on a horse farm and restart my life. Doing what I want to be doing! I’m also a dancer I attended the university of the arts for two years so I also love dancing. Please if your able to help me relocate and serve my love for horses please reach out. It would genuinely mean so much! Mu number is 8563577636! Please give me a call if I don’t answer please shoot a text! Thank you so much! Much love

11/13/2021 4:28:51 AM

How do i find soneone I can work for

Lisa Elliott
11/9/2021 2:42:09 PM

My name is Lisa and I currently live in California in my beautiful RV caretaking a large three home property, their 3 dogs, and a kitty. More importantly, I cared for the owner's elderly mother who's very hard of hearing and has Alzheimer's disease. That experience has honed my skills for patience. The property is up for sale and I'd love to do exactly what I've been doing. It would be ideal to have animals and property to look after for property owners who have to be away often. I can offer a letter of recommendation if needed. Please contact me at Please put "Caretaker Position" in the subject line of the email so they don't get lost in the spam folder. Thank You and God Bless.

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