Fantastic Farm Sitter
I just wanted to give you some feedback on our experience of Farmsitters
Australia, We are just back from a three month trip seeing some of Aust.
Trip was really great. We partly attribute our great holiday to knowing that
all was well at home. Bruce farmsat for us and he was simply
fantastic. The house and garden were immaculate on our return and Bruce more
than adequately looked after the farm and took on any jobs that we threw at
him, in our absence. He also participated in the local community (played
tennis, went to some local functions and helped out at a hay drive).
Farmsitters Australia gave us a great opportunity to seek a suitable person
to mind our farm so that we could pursue a dream of touring Australia with
our children. Because of that I believe that Farmsitters Australia plays a
vital role in assisting with the health and wellbeing of farm families.
Thankyou so much for developing the concept. You are doing really filling an
important need in rural Australia.
Regards and our sincerest thanks
Penny and Andrew February 9, 2017
A wonderful service to the farming community
Hi Kim and Phillip,
I think you are providing a wonderful service to the farming community throughout Australia, particulary those like us who do not have family on the property, and we were delighted to use it last year.
We had six weeks overseas and had a wonderful couple (from Deloraine in Tasmania) look after our property, cattle, dog, chooks, garden and home. Apart from that, we have made another friend. We went to Tasmania last month and visited them at their property and spent some great time with them.
We did not use the farm sitting service for this three weeks away, just had a local feeding and checking our cattle, dog in kennels, garden gone to the dogs, home freezing to return to. We would have liked to have Marg and Peter here, but we wanted to visit them!
Next year we will have them again – we have already asked them.
Keep up the good work,
Merilyn South Australia February 9, 2017
Lovely to see our house and animals were well looked after
Dear Kim and Phillip
We came across the idea of farm sitters from a friend who had heard about the service. As we were intending on travelling as a family and being absent from our farm for nearly 6 weeks, it was nice to have the option of having someone live in our home and care for our farm and our animals. From our initial contact with Colin and Anne, it was obvious they had our best interests in mind when they decided to come and look after our farm. We had regular contact with them whilst we were away which meant we always knew what was going on and were able to help with any issues they had. Upon our return, it was lovely to see our house and animals were well looked after.
We would highly recommend Farm Sitters and the service it provides and are grateful to Colin and Anne for taking care of our farm and animals.
Stuart and Soolan January March 26, 2017
Farmsitters now friends
Hi Kim and Phillip,
We would like to thank your site for the absolutely wonderful farm sitter Val.
Val travelled from Victoria to farm sit for us in NSW last month.
What a kind & efficient Lady she is.
Everything we asked of her was done & the animals were so well cared for.
One of the old dogs even went looking for her when she left.
We are proud to call Val a good friend of ours.
Lorraine and Jim
May 18, 2017
Committed and generous Farm Sitters
Graham and Hayley cared for our farm and domestic animals for a month over late January to late February 2017.
They are a very committed and competent couple who juggle twins, 2 dogs and whatever else comes their way with humour and practical capable skill and finesse.
This involved – watering vegetable crops, weeding (his initiative!) and observing for problems
-managing cattle – feeding hay, moving paddocks, observing for approaching calving.
-feeding and caring for our cat and dog
-watering our plants around the house and vegetable garden
This they did very well for a month during pretty hot and dusty times, with wonderful initiative taken beyond our expectations.
Their commitment and generosity is something very special and we would be very happy to recommend them for other farm sitting positions.
Regards, Leonie and Brett
May 18, 2017
Worry free holiday
Andrew and Anna would like to thank you for you website. We were able to go away on a worry free holiday knowing that our farm, house and pets were in good hands. We were away for a fortnight on a much needed break. We came home to a well kept farm and house along with making some great friends who thoroughly enjoyed learning about our property and everything it has to offer. “Thank you”
October 25, 2018
Pleased and Satifsied
Just a note to let you know how pleased and satisfied we were with El and Geoff who were our farm sitters for 2 weeks during our recent holiday.They were absolutely perfect,nothing was too much for them and they cared for our animals as if they were their own.Lovely people and we can thoroughly recommend them as farm sitters.
Jen and Paul October 25, 2018
Wonderful capable sitter found at short notice … we could still have our holiday!
Our farm sitter did a fantastic job. It is still very dry here and hard for her to keep up with the watering (river low and hoses clogging etc) but did a great job. All animals happy, healthy and well, lawn mown and she had cleaned her room, washed sheets etc and house tidy.
Thank you, we were very appreciative of Zoe coming at such short notice and felt confident in her abilities.
I would be very happy to ask her again.
It is a great service and works well.
February 4, 2019
Thanks so much for an amazing service
Just a quick note to say we loved having Leanne and Rick here- they did a fantastic job and were lovely company when they stayed before we left and after we were home as well. Thoroughly recommend them!!!!
August 25, 2019
Competent, delightful sitters
Our first experience with a farm sitter was a great success. Our selected couple were excellent, competent and delightful, we couldn’t have asked for better.
October 12, 2019
Hi Kim and Phillip,
Thank you for providing a wonderful service to the farming community. I have found this to be one of the best networking tools for finding reliable caretakers.
A wonderful couple have given us peace of mind and provided care to our home that we have appreciated so very much. To drive out the farm gate, leaving your animals and property in care of someone you have only spoken on the phone, can be gut wrenching. They provided love and care for 10 weeks to our drought stricken cattle property and words of thank you seem little for what they have done for us.
Thank you to the farm sitter members and your work for maintaining this website.
Regards The Blacket Family
December 12, 2020
Confident in our Farm Sitter
Testimonial for Mike:
Mike arrived to farmsit for us at the end of April, for six days whilst we attended our daughter’s wedding.
He arrived at the agreed time, and from the outset he proved to be very friendly, observant and capable. We were calving heifers at the time, and he made us feel confident that he could handle any adverse situation that may have arisen.
He was a pleasure to have in our home. On our return the house was clean and tidy.
Mike was a class act when it came to feral pig eradication! 25 Pigs met their match in the six days he was here.
We would have no hesitation in engaging Mike again. He is a top bloke, and we highly recommend him as an excellent farmsitter.
Gordon and Sally Wollen.
Glen Innes, NSW.
May 23, 2022
Excellent Farm Sitters
Testimonial for Geoff and Rosy:
Geoff and Rosy have been our farmsitters, twice now. They are a very pleasant, conscientious, and capable couple.
Experienced in all aspects of livestock management, including observing calving heifers, feeding weaners, and monitoring the whole farm water system.
Geoff is a talented handyman, if you require some home renovations.
Attention to detail is of a high standard.
They take great care of your home, garden, and the domestic animals.
They love dogs and chooks!
We highly recommend them as excellent farmsitters.
Gordon and Sally Wollen.
Glen Innes. NSW
March 18, 2023
Confidence in our excellent farmsitters
“Chris and Kim came to stay recently for a week to look after our 75 acre farm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. They were tasked with looking after our 2 house cats and large fishtank. Outside they looked after our Maremma, flock of sheep and lambs, herd of cattle and our raised vegetable beds, seedlings and orchids. I have to say-I was so relieved and reassured during our time away. Both Chris and Kim kept me well informed with daily updates and photos of our beloved animals. They spoilt the cats with plenty of cuddles even though they were self sufficient in their well resourced camper van. Our Maremma has a restricted diet and Kim took plenty of notes and asked questions via text when needed (which I prefer folks do if they are not sure). They daily checked cattle, even though they were not required to do this and made sure everyone was present and correct! Chris and Kim are keen gardeners with an extensive career in horticulture so I knew my plants and seedlings would be in good hands. They were very considerate of our home and extremely neat and tidy in and outside around the house. I would thoroughly recommend them for future farmsitting opportunities and I hope they can come back again if/when we need someone we can trust.”
April 25, 2023
Able to relax and enjoy our time away thanks to very capable farmsitters!!
We would like to give a big thank you to our farm sitters, Peter and Kerry. I cannot speak highly enough of the superb job these lovely people did for us. It’s out first time using a farm sitter. We were overseas for a month and actually got to relax and enjoy our time away, safe in the knowledge that the farm was in very good hands. Returned to a much improved garden and very happy pets and livestock. How lucky were we? Thanks a million to these two very capable and friendly individuals Nanette, September 2023
September 26, 2023