13 responses to Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska
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    Marvin Mohler
    Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 07:27)

    There are other tractor using Old Order Amish scattered around. Kokomo IN, Anderson Co KS & there are others. It depends on the Bishop, I think.

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      Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 07:42)

      You are right there are Old Order Amish who use tractors Marvin, and “tractor using” can mean a few things, though I am assuming they mean using them for field work rather than just power at the barn. Otherwise many if not most Amish farmers would have tractors but would limit how they can be used.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Hybrids? (June 27th, 2012 at 09:32)

    Hybrids?

    Of course, I’m sure these folks are hoping more Amish come settle in their area. But what if English (with conservative or other “Plain” religious leanings, or just wanting to settle in an area with open spaces for farming, ranching, “business”) want to “help them out” by moving there? Have there been any “hybrid” groups/areas like this, with a similar situation? Just wondering…

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 12:03)

      Interesting question Alice Mary, I would bet they have plenty of contacts and friends and business relationships among English in the area, but for the purposes of growing a church there’s not really a gray area…what they want here is more members of their church community.

      There have been more lenient groups but at a point they are not really considered “Amish” anymore (by anyone other than maybe themselves)

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    Tom
    Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 11:27)

    Erik,
    I think how Amish think of themselves is an important issue. A young Amish family I know moved to more progressive settlement and still think of themselves as the same, but others most likely would not.

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    Lattice
    Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 11:54)

    For all those who express a desire to “join the Amish,” this type of community sounds like one that might be more amenable to the idea of it.

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    Tom Schulte
    Comment on might be an interesting road trip (June 27th, 2012 at 12:20)

    might be an interesting road trip

    Vergigre Nebraska is only about 175 miles from me. Might be an interesting road trip for the weekend.
    Suggestions on what to look for, etc?

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      Linda
      Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 28th, 2012 at 14:45)

      Tom, they sell some baked goods at a grocery store in Norfolk, Nebraska, and on Saturdays at a Farmer’s Market in Sioux City, Iowa. The Petersheims no longer have a restaurant.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 15:26)

    Woo-hoo, a new group being grown. More questions to be asked or mysteries to be solved. Will look forward to seeing more about this community.

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    Laura
    Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 27th, 2012 at 16:46)

    That’s a fascinating way to grow their community, by advertising like that. Sort of the Amish version of Match.com. :) I hope they’re able to succeed; my son only lives 3 hours from there, so next time I’m visiting him, maybe I can persuade him to take a road trip to see how their community is working out.

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    Daniel
    Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 28th, 2012 at 11:36)

    David Luthy’s criteria to be considered a church is to contain 2 households with 1 head of household being an ordained person, or then 3 households without an ordained person. Verdigre had 3 households with 1 minister at one time. Their minister died with one family moving out, thus being considered extinct by Luthy. A wedding in June 2011 put the number of households back to 3 thus once more meeting the definition established by Luthy as a church (3 households).

    They have gone through a series of Fellowship changes during their time in Nebraska, but are currently a part of the New Order Christian Fellowship, which consists of less than 10 congregations in the USA. This is the most progressive or liberal of all horse-and-buggy Amish groups, but would still be considered Amish by all other Amish.

    There is also a congregation of the ultra-conservative Swartzentruber Amish nearby in the Verdigre area, about 2-8 miles away. This would be virtually at the other end of the spectrum of what is considered Amish.

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      Tom Schulte
      Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 29th, 2012 at 03:44)

      Daniel, do you know which group Harley Yoder of Yoder’s Kitchen is associated with? They are one of the vendors at the Sioux City Farmer’s Market.

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        Daniel
        Comment on Amish at Verdigre, Nebraska (June 29th, 2012 at 06:07)

        Tom: Yoder is part of the tractor-farming Petersheim group.

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