Types of farm rentals. You may be able to simply rent the house, but you may also have access to outbuildings. Make sure that you define this with the renting farmer before you take control of the property. Additionally, if you plan to dig a garden or invest in some livestock such as chickens or goats, make sure that you do your homework. While fresh eggs are delicious, chickens can be smelly and may draw pests such as rats, particularly if their food isn’t stored properly. Many people in rural communities have a wealth of knowledge about starting out with livestock and gardens and would be happy to help you learn. Start small and scale up as you become more aware of what the animals need and how much time and effort they will take.