10 responses to Amish moving to Colorado
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    magdalena
    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (June 1st, 2010 at 08:32)

    I’m surprised that the Amish havenot moved East to the maritime provinces, especially New Brunswick. It was once a farming area, but farms are largely abandoned now. Land is relatively cheap, there’s plenty of water and wood, but the growing season is short. The southern part of the province is quite a bit milder than the northern part, and the eastern edge doesn’t even have the heavy snowfalls of the border area.

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    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (June 1st, 2010 at 10:29)

    Magdalena interesting point, may have to do with growing season as you say, and sheer distance. Though there are Amish in Maine now.

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    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (June 1st, 2010 at 19:38)

    I was shocked at the price of land back east compared to what it is in our area!

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      Susan
      Comment on where are the Amish communities s in Colorado? (April 29th, 2015 at 20:15)

      where are the Amish communities s in Colorado?

      I am very interested in learning about the Amish way of life firsthand. can you direct me to Amish communities in Colorado. thank you so much. Susan

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (June 2nd, 2010 at 09:58)

    Did you know there are Amish in Mississippi? Plan to visit there soon.

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    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (June 2nd, 2010 at 10:01)

    Hi Ann, you are right! Southern + Amish sounds good to me.

    Here is a post where there is a mention of it, one of the readers William who lives there shared a bit on that community: http://amishamerica.com/2008/05/southern-amish.html

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    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (June 2nd, 2010 at 10:07)

    Michelle, so you know what they’re talking about here!

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    Susan
    Comment on Amish moving to Colorado (August 5th, 2010 at 23:19)

    Hi Erik, I live about an hour from the Amish here in Colorado. I lived near the Wisconsin Amish for years and did business with them, and I’ve been interested to follow the progress of the community here, knowing it’s the second try. A little additional info for you: 400 acres of Colorado land is very different from that of the east or midwest. The land here is poor and sandy. I am surprised the Amish want to tackle it frankly – I hear they use some sort of innovative irrigation techniques including one called tape dripping. Also, the first attempt at settlement was a bit further east. In that part of Colorado, you really get into semi-arid (desert) land, and that would have been worse than where they are now. The current settlements are closer into the mountains, in the foothills. It isn’t quite as dry and hot, although the land is still poor. It is indeed scenic, though, and a living can be made in the horse industry and furniture. I wish them all good fortune, but this is a different world in the agricultural and cultural sense, than that of the states from which they came. Like you, can’t wait to see how they do here.

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    Comment on Colorado Amish farms (August 6th, 2010 at 04:52)

    Colorado Amish farms

    Hi Susan and thanks for sharing some local insight. I kind of had the idea that an acre in PA isn’t quite the same thing out in CO, and glad you made the point.

    From what I’ve been hearing in the media and from locals, it seems like there are a number of businesses among these communities as well, which may reflect the ag challenges. I also imagine that psychologically, it must be nice to stretch out on 400 acres when you just came from a 3 acre farmette or cramped settlement in the east-it seems like from some of the comments from the Amish, that may be part of the attraction as well.

    There is a bit of a history of Amish settlement in CO in the early 1900s, and maybe this is what you are talking about to the east. At least 2 of the 3 early CO settlements failed due at least in part to difficulties with farming. Thanks again for checking in with some good info from CO!

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    Susan F
    Comment on Amish in Alaska (December 1st, 2011 at 15:24)

    Amish in Alaska

    When we attended my daughter’s wedding in Alaska 2 years ago, there was a small group of Amish/Mennonites living in the Solotna/Kenai area. I was reading that possibly they were not able to conceivably build a profitable home there, but am not sure if they are gone with certainty.

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