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2014 Amish Population Infographic

Comment #182407 by lARRY sTRITE on 20.04.18, 11:15

Hi
Looking at the data of the various states that the Amish live in, I see it is way out dated.
Is there any way to update it say 2018 or 2017
I am always interested in visiting the new settlements when I travel
Thanks Larry Strite

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A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA)

Comment #182405 by Bob Brunsdon on 20.04.18, 10:38

I have been there only once, I think. My Amish friend and I took his granddaughter to work there one day. Thanks for printing the address. He was directing me and I had forgotten exactly where we went.

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182396 by Erik/Amish America on 20.04.18, 09:15

My pleasure Harriet. Yes I would love to have a place like this next door. Though usually I find that the things in our backyard we tend to take for granted, since we can visit them anytime in theory…I’ve noticed this anyway as far as local attractions where I live, which I hardly ever visit. For a similar reason I am kind of glad I didn’t grow up next to an Amish community 🙂

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182394 by Erik/Amish America on 20.04.18, 08:55

I didn’t see anything in the article about the horse. These articles often mention if the horse does not survive, and as the car is described as having “front fender damage”. So I’m guessing the horse is okay, I would guess it was more something like him swiping the fender rather than plowing into the car head-on.

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A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA)

Comment #182393 by Erik/Amish America on 20.04.18, 08:50

Neat. I’ve never been in the print shop.

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A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA)

Comment #182392 by Garry Chaney on 20.04.18, 08:47

I was at the print shop about a month ago. I got a tour of the shop. Very interesting.

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182361 by Joann on 19.04.18, 16:57

What happened to the horse? and was he ok?

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182331 by OldKat on 19.04.18, 01:08

In the post above I gave the URL for an event in Clare, Michigan this June, but failed to mention what the event is! Past my bedtime I guess.

It is Horse Progress Days 2018, or, as I like to call it; The Amish World’s Fair. Quite an event to see. If you are going to be in that part of Michigan on the 29th or 30th of June I highly recommend that you stop by and take it all in.

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182330 by OldKat on 19.04.18, 00:57

Ironically, I had planned to go to St. Ignatius, Montana this July for a horsemanship clinic put on by Doug “Doc” Hammill & his wife, Cathy. I had also planned to go to Clare, Michigan the last weekend of June.

However, I have decided to retire effective July 2nd, and have a bunch of things that are up in the air and which will need to be settled about that time. So I won’t be making either this year. (Insert “sad” smiley face here!)

For those that might be interested in either;

https://dochammill.com/ and/or http://www.horseprogressdays.com/welcome.asp

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Will Low Milk Prices Force Amish Out Of Dairying?

Comment #182326 by OldKat on 18.04.18, 23:23

I think a number of factors are at work here, not the least of which is the rise of the massive dairy farms in parts of the Southwest. A few years ago we were in Northwest Texas, just south of the Panhandle in an area where we lived as newlyweds nearly 40 years ago. At that time there were almost no dairy farms in that area. In fact I can’t remember seeing any.

When we were there for a college football game about 3 years ago we drove around some of our old haunts and were shocked to see dairy farms that milk 5,000 or more head every few miles down the highway. Someone told us that some milk more than 10,000 head. That is a lot of milk coming into a supply mix that is now nationwide. This can’t help the situation for the smaller 60 to 70 head dairyman.

About 25 years ago, our area of the state, which used to be quite a dairy area lost nearly all of its dairies due to a one-two punch of high feed grain prices and low commodity milk prices. Throw in government buy out program and the 100 plus dairies that operated in a nearby in the 1950’s county dropped less than two dozen by 1990. Today I bet there are not a dozen there.

We buy whole, raw, milk; the retail sale of it has been legal here for about 12 years or so now. The wife of the dairyman that we buy it from told us that the only thing that allowed them to remain in business was that when the state started allowing on farm sales they quickly ended their commodity milk contract and started selling raw milk and on the farm made cheese for about triple what the milk co-op was paying.

Also, they switched from a concentrated grain feeding program to an all-grass based program. So they dramatically increased their selling price and drastically reduced their input costs at the same time.

Right now the spring grass and legumes are lush and growing rapidly, so the milk from his all Jersey herd has an almost golden hue to it. Liquid heaven!

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Amish in South Dakota

Comment #182325 by Dan on 18.04.18, 23:05

I am afraid that Donna Godshall Hayden is confused with her comment concerning an “Old Hutterite Meetinghouse ” in PA. First and foremost, the Hutterites always live communally, so there would be no meetinghouses that are not on a colony. All colonies would have German services and not just once a year but nearly daily. Also, the Hutterites first arrived in South Dakota. They have stayed in the Great Plains. They are not nor were they ever from PA. A very small group explored living in western PA on the land owned by the Rappites in the late 1800’s but they only stayed a matter of months and got out of there and returned to SD as they did not care for the hills and trees in PA. Donna must be confusing the Hutterites with a different group.

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Look Inside an Amish Furniture Shop (Video)

Comment #182314 by DJ on 18.04.18, 15:53

This video to my surprise is actually “The Li’l Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm” in Ronks PA. Located about 5 min from Strasburg, PA. I was there about a week ago, they sell furniture and quilts plus they have a petting area with about 10 mini horses. They were very nice people and even have a website. Very modern Amish that have adapted to English tourist.

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182310 by Harriet on 18.04.18, 15:00

This is definitely my type of store!!! It’s just a good thing I live so far away from it. Just thinking about it makes me drool!!! Food, baked goods, quilting material…oh my! Thanks for the article, Erik.

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Amish Roofers - Pennsylvania

Comment #182306 by Kim Mitchell on 18.04.18, 13:27

Need to get our roof replaced, any amish roofers that come to Prosperity, PA. Thanks!

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182301 by Alice Mary on 18.04.18, 10:33

Just wondering if Amish “singings” for young people might be a place where this issue (DUI, drinking among Amish “youngie”) could be brought up, if not, say, in 8th grade classes before graduation. Where else (besides home) could Amish teens or pre-teens “be informed” about these problems? I know about the Indiana program, but does it always have to be “by invitation” to have officials or even the medical community informing Amish youth about drinking and driving?

Alice Mary

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182300 by Erik/Amish America on 18.04.18, 10:11

Tammy, neat to hear from someone who’s been there!

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182299 by Erik/Amish America on 18.04.18, 10:11

Good point Emily. I’ve never lived there, but from my limited visits West (really one main visit), everything scales up. 630 miles is like over 1.5 times the distance it takes me to go from NC to Lancaster County, going through several states and passing by several other Amish communities on the way 🙂

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182298 by Erik/Amish America on 18.04.18, 10:07

Well put Walter. I wouldn’t expect a media frenzy though I understand the concern (not a novel story as this isn’t the first news piece like it…just Google “Amish buggy DUI” for other examples, including from this same community).

More of the stories seem to concern teenage/Rumspringa-age Amish, tough some Amish communities in general have a reputation for alcohol consumption, including among adults.

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Will Low Milk Prices Force Amish Out Of Dairying?

Comment #182297 by Erik/Amish America on 18.04.18, 09:59

Another article yesterday on philly.com, about an April 10 dairy auction in the Oxford area of Chester County (neighboring county to Lancaster, has an Amish population):

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/milk-prices-falling-dairy-farmers-quit-pennsylvania-new-jersey-auctions-herd-dispersal-20180417.html

At the Oxford sale last week, one of the auctioneers, Steve Schuler, said, “If you didn’t have everything in line before this price hit, it would be hard to make it through. This is really separating the men from the boys.”

Hours earlier, the farm’s owner and his brother, both Amish, worked methodically from cow to cow, scraping off the dirt and loose black and white hairs from the Holsteins with a curry comb. They dipped brushes into a bucket of coat shine and slathered it on the cows in anticipation of the crowds to come. Each cow had a numbered sticker slapped onto her backside that corresponded with a resumé of sorts, details about her lineage and the percentage of butterfat she made, and when her calves were due.

“It’s a little mixed feelings now when it comes to the point, but I’m looking to the future,” said the owner, who did not want publicity and spoke on condition of anonymity.

When asked if dairy farming had grown more difficult in recent years, he stopping brushing and just smiled.

“Difficult is an understatement,” his brother said.

The owner, 35, moved to this farm on Lancaster Pike 14 years ago when he married and started a dairy operation. He believes the market has splintered, with competition from soy and almond products and consumers turning away from fat.

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[auctioneer Tim Weaver sounds like he’s been busy with this type of sale lately]

When it was over, all 49 cows sold, the average price around $1,350. Truckers waited to haul them away to their new farms, but some cows were so full they needed to be milked one last time.

In the dark fields, Amish farmers hitched their horses to black buggies and left quietly. Weaver was one of the last to go, after collecting the cash and dismantling his equipment.

Next week, he’ll auction off another herd of dairy cows for another farmer who’s getting out of milk for good.

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182296 by Robert on 18.04.18, 09:33

Well said Walter

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The Mission General Store (St. Ignatius, Montana Amish)

Comment #182295 by Dan Gadd on 18.04.18, 09:27

Even though the revolving door might be a factor in the Amish presence its always a delight to meet the new families with their hopes & dreams. 😉 Very nice article indeed. 😉

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182294 by Debbie H on 18.04.18, 09:04

Well said Walter. We all seek a community that is problem free. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist. None of us are perfect therefore our human communities are not perfect.

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Amish Teen Buggy Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting SUV

Comment #182291 by Walter Boomsma on 18.04.18, 08:15

I can’t remember who it was that said it’s not news if a dog bites a man, but it is news if a man bites a dog.

Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a media frenzy. If it does we can expect all sorts of crazy ideas and demands… such as minimum buggy driving ages and state licensing…

The points are well taken. Amish people are not perfect in spite of the often romanticized notion they are somehow supposed to be. To their credit, they do, as a society, try to address issues in their communities.

Our challenge is–and probably always will be–managing the way our societies mesh instead of believing they clash.

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Amish Clock and Watch Shop (South Dayton, NY)

Comment #182288 by sh imran on 18.04.18, 07:27

Thanks for sharing the resource with us.

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Clothing

Comment #182280 by sh imran on 18.04.18, 02:27

same question not found the links please provide links

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