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.

alexvalens
12/3/2019 4:17:33 AM

Alex Valenzuela 12/3/2019 For yrs wife and I hv been talking about living in the Texas Hillcountry. I'm looking for a room and board situation as a farm/ranch hand. Wife and I are familiar with the life somewhat, since our youth; through uncles and family who had ranches near San Antonio and San Angelo, where we were raised. We learned what it takes, on working vists with them, to live the life. Were rough but peaceful, thanks to Jesus Christ. We're not preachy and can get along with all kinds. But we prefer a Christ centered existence. We're 52 and 61 (me). I take care of her and our cat. We both love animals. I was an OTR trucker in the 90's. I've been a carpenter since young, carpentering mostly, and labor , since 2000. I have a strong back, work in all kinds of weather, used to getting up early and working outside. Prefer it. I'm a positive person, kind of meticulous about any job I'm on. Willing to learn anything and everything to learn. We're trustworthy. I am also fluent in Spanish. If you would like to converse with me and ask any further questions, my email is swordthrumax@yahoo.com Have a great day, and God bless you and yours.


alexvalens
12/3/2019 4:16:32 AM

Alex Valenzuela 12/3/2019 For yrs wife and I hv been talking about living in the Texas Hillcountry. I'm looking for a room and board situation as a farm/ranch hand. Wife and I are familiar with the life somewhat, since our youth; through uncles and family who had ranches near San Antonio and San Angelo, where we were raised. We learned what it takes, on working vists with them, to live the life. Were rough but peaceful, thanks to Jesus Christ. We're not preachy and can get along with all kinds. But we prefer a Christ centered existence. We're 52 and 61 (me). I take care of her and our cat. We both love animals. I was an OTR trucker in the 90's. I've been a carpenter since young, carpentering mostly, and labor , since 2000. I have a strong back, work in all kinds of weather, used to getting up early and working outside. Prefer it. I'm a positive person, kind of meticulous about any job I'm on. Willing to learn anything and everything to learn. We're trustworthy. I am also fluent in Spanish. If you would like to converse with me and ask any further questions, my email is swordthrumax@yahoo.com Have a great day, and God bless you and yours.


LauraMichelle
12/2/2019 9:11:53 AM

What an inspiring article, and what beautiful timing, thank you for the hope. Hello, my name is Laura Michelle, I am a 34 year old female who has always had a desire to learn and gain the knowledge of horses and the closeness they bring us to God. The trust that is needed and love that is shared is nothing less than devine. I have a passion for nature and all its medicinal properties and I have spent my first half of my life as an caregiver at an early age to an emergency register nurse, I find such a value in the natural cures of life. I currently reside here in South Carolina after a life change with my pup Joey but was a military brat prior to distractive marriage that landed us in the foothills of New Hampshire. I have traveled much of the eastern sea board and across the country but was born on Fort Bragg in North Carolina. I learned the big city life was only a dream of others, me being a country gal at heart and I’m ready to get back to my calling, I am a heart working, God loving, warm blooded American woman being bold searching that maybe by chance, I could find a place to continue growing in this life on a farm filled with love, horses and knowledge to share and pass on. Please do contact me via text/call at (603) 689-5408. I do work as a quality assurance nurse (remotely) and a special needs nurse (as needed) so please do leave a message and WILL get back to you! Thank you in advance for not only reading this but praying over it as well. I hope to one day be able to do the same for another as years go by as my call is have a farm such as described which may also God will provide a home for children (and maybe even young adults) in need of a safe home to stay and grow







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