Working with Amish

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Working with Amish

Has anyone had any success working with the Amish to learn farming and self-reliance?  I know a self-taught organic farmer who approached the Amish requesting help in learning to farm.  She said that they refused to help her unless she showed interest in their religion.

We have a small (70 families and shrinking) Amish community in our county.  Unfortunately, development has pushed most of them to move away from here.  For what it's worth, as a child psychologist, I guess could try to offer my services to the community and begin to build relationships that way. 

Any success stories re: learning from the Amish?

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Re: Working with Amish

I have subscribed to the Budget and Plain Interests and use those as my learning tools. They keep to themselves and I don't blame them.

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My family runs a building supply business, I've been dealing with the Amish my whole life.  They are very clannish.  The Bishop of the area pretty much controls the interaction with the "English" (that's us).  Some areas are pretty progressive with much interaction with English, other areas not so much.  I don't think you can count on constant attention from them but they will answer the occational question. 

 

If you want to see what the Amish buy at their hardware store, check out: Lehman Hardware, it a preppers delight:

 

www.lehmans.com

 

This is where you buy the kerosene freezers and gas engine washing machines.  If you're close enough, the trip is worth the effort.  If not, the catalog is worth the price.

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I posted this link a while ago.

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2009/02/amish_hackers_a.php

well worth a read.

Don

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Very interesting article, Don.  Thank you.

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Yes, I forgot to thank you for that article, Don, it fits with what I know about the plain people.

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Fate of the Hindenburg
The Cawing of the Crow (poem)
Editorial and Ltrs to the Editor
Be Careful Where You Put Those Pills (a family's experience of a 20 mo. old baby getting into some pills)
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Don't Let Your Honeybees Starve (about beekeeping)
BRIX, the Beginning of a Big Break-through (soil health in farming/gardening)
What Can Be Better Than Growing Produce?
A poem by a 14-yr-old
My Life On the Farm
God Works in Mysterious Ways
We Finally Had Rhubarb Tart
Wash-day I Will Not Soon Forget (haven't read this yet!)
Good Wood for my Cookstove
A Natural Remedy for Lymes (many plain people are into alternative
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An Explosion in our Kitchen!
Marriage Communication Guidelines
How I Got My Roof Painted
Grandpa's Corner (Raising Chickens)

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