A few weeks back one of our contributors shared a photo of his buggy-shaped bird feeder, which got comments from a number of you. That feeder was made by Green Meadow Houses and Feeders, an Amish-owned business located near Shipshewana in northern Indiana.
We have some photos of the Green Meadow shop and products today, as well as some comments from the business owner, John Hochstetler, on how he got started, and his family’s involvement.
John’s story is a common one for Amish business owners–an opportunity arose, he seized it, and then developed his business gradually rather than quitting his day job at first chance. John’s business is a small, at-home, family affair, just like most other Amish companies.
From John’s account I learned that there is more than one kind of bird feeder, depending on what kind of birds you want to attract, be they chickadees, orioles, wrens, and so on. Green Meadow also makes butterfly houses and, to my surprise, bat houses, apparently a quite popular item.
You can read John’s comments and view more Green Meadow photos here.