The biggest obstacle to seeing the world when you own a farm isn’t what you might think. It’s not the money, it’s not getting the time off work. It’s figuring out just how you can leave your farm when you travel! Who will tend the garden, feed the animals, make sure they haven’t broken out of their pens and so on.
What we do every day is not easy, and to a lot of people their farms and the animals on them are their babies. Leaving that without the proper care is just unthinkable.
Luckily, there are 4 ways you can leave your farm when you travel and have peace of mind while you’re away.
1. Set Your Farm Up For Travel
This one is the most labor intensive option, but if you plan on traveling a lot it’s a great way to do it.
As we’re setting up our farm we keep in mind that we need to make things as efficient as possible. When we do leave, we don’t want to have to write up a 10 page essay on everything that needs to be taken care of while we’re away!
Ideally, we’d like things so someone only needs to come out once a day to make sure things are running smoothly. To do that, we are working on putting things in place like:
- a solar chicken coop door
- large or automated feed bins
- a no fuss garden
- roll away nesting boxes
- and so on
Once everything’s in place, we could leave for a weekend without having to have anyone come out to check on them!
Which leads me to #2…
2. Hire a Farm Sitter
Yes, farm sitters are a thing.
This is the one that we’re trying next week. The biggest downside is that they aren’t always cheap. You’re hiring someone to do a lot more work than just feed your dog or making sure your pipes don’t freeze.
Because we have a smaller farm, we were able to have someone come out once every 2-3 days to fill water and food and check to make sure everyone is alright.
The more animals and tasks your farm has the more it’s going to cost. Hopefully if you do some of #1 you’ll be able to cut down on how much they have to do but there aren’t any guarantees.
If money isn’t an issue or you’re going for a short time period though, it might be a great option!
3. Farm Swap
If you have any friends who also own a farm and have the desire to travel, I have three things to say:
- I’m jealous.
- Have you told them about me yet?
- You should ask them about farm swapping!
This option is my favorite way to leave your farm when you travel, but probably the hardest. It requires work from you when you trade off and risks feelings of “unfairness” if one of you has a bigger farm or travels more.
However, if you can make everything work out, I think it could be great! I’d love to find someone I could do this with, someone who’s been around my animals and I trust and who feels the same way about me.
You might even both be able to benefit during the swap. Maybe you have chickens and they want eggs, while they have horses and you want to ride!
And last but not least…
4. Ask a Friend
To some people it might be a chore, but to others it’s the chance to get away from the city, get in touch with nature and play around on a farm. If you do some of #1 too it won’t be too much work either!
In thanks, you can stuff the house with tasty food.
Whether or not you pay them too is something the two of you need to work out. Some factors like the amount of work, how close you are, and more will determine which is the best idea. Just make sure to get everything decided on BEFORE you leave.
Otherwise you risk drama and losing a friendship and that’s no fun.
So, What’s Stopping You?
There you are, 4 ways that you can get away from the farm and see the world.
I told you it was possible!
Which one works best for you depends on your resources and how big your farm is, but there’s almost always some way to make it work. Even if you’re only leaving for a few days.
We personally mix #1 and #2. We have our farm set up so we can be gone for a few days. On top of that, we have someone come out every few days, fill waters, foods, count animals and make sure everything is good.
It’s cheaper than a full time alternative, and it works well for us right now. When we get goats though, it might not work quite as well and we’ll have to figure something new out! I think have an idea on someone who’ll be a good goat sitter though…..
Has anyone tried any of these before? How have you gotten away from your farm for a vacation?
If you aren’t traveling yet, what’s holding you back? If it’s the finances, take a look at how you can cut out one of your biggest traveling expenses here. If you have friends who have a farm who might be looking to go away, share this with them!
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