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

  • farmhouse

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.

michael
9/9/2020 2:01:18 PM

hi, upper mid-aged cpl looking for land or to help others in Western NY/PA.willing to fix up. anyone have land that they'd b willig to share or rent to own? prefer it to b partly open and have a water source.i grew up in the hills of PA,have milked cows,we always had pigs and chickens. https://www.facebook.com/michael.stiles.37/


michael
9/9/2020 1:47:37 PM

also for those interested. if we had enuf $$,we could buy land and use Amish style cabin-sheds for houses with compost toilets. yes it would b small to start with ,but can add others to it over time. would others b interested in land in western PA-NY state along the border? something of 20 acres ,that we could share and build into a farm-stead might work. would need to have a good water sourse-spring or lake.


michael
9/9/2020 1:47:24 PM

hi, upper mid-aged cpl looking for land or to help others in Western NY/PA.willing to fix up. anyone have land that they'd b willig to share or rent to own? prefer it to b partly open and have a water source.i grew up in the hills of PA,have milked cows,we always had pigs and chickens. https://www.facebook.com/michael.stiles.37/







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