Farm Caretakers, Renters, and WWOOFers


| 4/20/2017 11:18:00 AM


Tags: pennsylvania, bobbi peterson, farm caretaker, renting, WWOOF,

Bobbi PetersonAs a farmer, there are a lot of ways to make a little extra money or get a little extra help around the farm. Whatever your reasons for looking at alternative options, there are plenty to choose from. Hiring caretakers, taking on renters, and offering volunteer opportunities are all good ways to bring in some additional income.

Farm Caretakers

Owning a farm is a great job. You learn new things practically every day, meet new people, and even learn some basic veterinary care. Despite the numerous benefits, there are often reasons that you may need to leave your farm.

When you do need to leave, someone still needs to be there to care for it. The upkeep of the land, animals, and buildings will still be your responsibility. However, you can get someone to stay, keep an eye on things, and fix small problems in your absence. While you’re gone, this person should update the farm’s records as well, so make sure you determine your caretaker’s record-keeping abilities.

The good news is that if you do need to leave, you can hire someone for this job and spend the time doing whatever it is that you need to focus on. Depending on the position, you may also need to provide the caretaker with a basic income, although it should small since they already get to live there.

This is a great opportunity for someone who likes farm work, understands it, and is willing and able to work on their own. The downside, of course, is that you have to leave your farm with a relative stranger. If it’s a big farm, it might be too much for one person. In the best situations you would stay relatively close-by in order to help in case of an emergency. However, many caretakers would expect to take over the daily tasks for a season or a few months. That could be a great place to start.

Renting a Room

Renting out your room can be a bit of a gamble. You’re taking a risk bringing someone into your home, but it’s important to remember that most people are good and decent. A bit of vetting before letting someone move into your home can go a long way toward keeping out people you won’t be able to get along with.




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