although I suppose that farm sitting is more of an off farm job it might have the potential for at least using the skills and knowledge aquired through the farm. not being able to get away for a while for whatever reason is often sited as a big downfall of having a farm with animals. An experienced hand that is willing to babysit a farm might be in demand in some places?
have any of you heard of a farmsitting business as a part time venture being successful?
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posted 9 years ago
you are right, a farm with animals ties you down. "Farmsitters" are an established feature in Germany. They are required to have a certain amount of training and are certified. If I remember correctly their salary is partially subsidized. The dairy farm I lived next to employed one a couple of times. In a homestead situation like ours we could not afford to pay someone a decent wage while we go on a trip. We considered the risk and need for insurance in having neighbors come by and feed morning and night. So one of us has to stay home.
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