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

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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.

3/7/2019 2:30:32 PM

Gnaw Bone 3/7/2019 ISO a couple to help with grass cutting and weed eating. Major job is taking care of my senior horse, miniature donkey and 3 cats when we are out of town. You would have your own place free of rent, you are responsible for electric, phone, any internet-tv and garbage, the water is spring water when running and well water when it stops a few months a year. You must have out side income. Must be able to pass drug test and background check. We are in Lewis Country Kentucky. We are looking for a long term conservative couple. We have a shooting range and do a lot of shooting but no hunting. If you are interested please send e-mail with your information and any questions you may have.

3/7/2019 2:30:32 PM

Honest, reliable couple needing a new adventure! Previous 8 years caretaker for two properties whilst living with and caring for the elderly owner. Family has placed her in a home for dementia and want to sell properties asap. We have many different skills and experience between us: 20 years horse farm owner/manager. Dog boarding, training and care. Personal caretaker. Grounds/ property maintenance. To computer repair, programming, coding, graphic and Web design. We have a responsible, dedicated work ethic. We like a clean and peaceful environment. No criminal history. ( check welcome) No children living with us. Non smoking Email 302-489-9943 Regards Kim

3/6/2019 5:28:08 PM

My husband and myself are currently looking for something like this we have been struggling trying to get back on our feet since hurricane Michael and Mobile Alabama since last October in 2019 and we are having a hard time doing that with not being able to afford rent deposit electric water all of the above at one time at the beginning of the month we are on a fixed income so we are looking for something to rent in exchange for work we are both capable of doing basically anything that we are asked us with the exception of electrical or Plumbing work due to we are not certified for that if anyone has any suggestions please contact us back or email us at Robinson Missy Ann 1969 at

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