26 responses to How do Amish make money?
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    Quantella Owens
    Comment on Amish and Mining (December 29th, 2011 at 17:35)

    Amish and Mining

    Hi All,

    Just curious, do Amish mine? I mean, I have never heard of an Amish miner? Is there a religious reason why Amish might not be allowed to work underground?


    Quantella Owens

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      Comment on Amish underground (December 31st, 2011 at 07:43)

      Amish underground

      Quantella, I’m not aware of any Amish miners today, though Amish in Holmes County Ohio apparently once worked in the area’s strip mines. Holmes locals can fill in details better than I, but those are mostly if not all a thing of the past. Not quite the same as an underground mine, but for what it’s worth. There are no religious reasons stopping Amish from working underground.

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      Comment on bakers needed for farmers market (June 23rd, 2012 at 15:30)

      bakers needed for farmers market

      I am looking for any Amish to sell their bakery at our new farmers market in Jefferson wi. Do have any info as to who I may contact. Thank you

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        Sara Mae Miller Tyler Ross
        Comment on How do Amish make money? (September 18th, 2013 at 21:26)

        We are amish from middlefield ohio and have connections to other amish from Indiana to new york. If you wanna call us at 330-212-0551 we can schedule something with amish in your area to see if.they would be willing to have bake goods sold. 🙂 330-212-0551

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    Comment on Amish worker (February 21st, 2012 at 17:54)

    Amish worker

    Hi Erik,
    Can you tell me how can I hire Amish workers and do you know if there are any Amish who do construction near johnstown pa

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    Comment on Custom crafters/woodworking for hire? (June 16th, 2012 at 03:25)

    Custom crafters/woodworking for hire?

    Will Amish craftsmen do custom jobs for hire? How would I find a woodworker to make an jewelry holder like a picture I have? If possible, I would like to find one in the Viroqua/Westby area. Thanks for any input.

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      Comment on How do Amish make money? (June 17th, 2012 at 07:43)

      Barb many Amish craftsmen do custom jobs. Here is a list of Wisconsin furniture shops. http://amishamerica.com/amish-furniture-wisconsin/

      Most are non-Amish retailers, who might be able to arrange a custom job. Alternatively you can visit a community near your area and simply ask. That will take more time but probably more fun.

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    Comment on How do Amish make money? (November 2nd, 2012 at 08:02)

    What are the controversies within the Amish community with working outside of the community?

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      Comment on How do Amish make money? (November 5th, 2012 at 10:52)

      Ana, briefly, it has to do with being away from the home (whether working on say a construction crew, or at an off-site market in or near a city), which cuts into family time, as well as sometimes places Amish in worldly environments.

      Some Amish find these arrangements acceptable, others do not.

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    jim frey
    Comment on Amish wood product manufacturers (March 20th, 2013 at 10:43)

    Amish wood product manufacturers

    Looking for Amish wood product manufacurers in OH or KY

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    Comment on How do Amish make money? (May 20th, 2013 at 14:01)

    So the Amish are dependent of money, like us? Does that mean that if the modern economy around them collapses, they are in trouble? I thought that they were farming in order to collect food and eat it, not in order to sell it to get money, so they can buy food to someone else who produces food (which is what farmers do in modern societies). They may be much more modern than I thought, if they work for money, instead of working to produce the things they need.

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      Comment on How do Amish make money? (May 20th, 2013 at 17:28)

      Actually, it is in most cases both, not either-or. Though some Amish are more self-sufficient than others at least in food production, they’re generally dependent on numerous ways on the modern economy. Many if not most Amish do a good bit of canning, for example. Here is more on the question of self-sufficiency, answered by an Amish man in Pennsylvania: http://amishamerica.com/how-self-sufficient-are-the-amish/

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        Comment on How do Amish make money? (May 21st, 2013 at 08:41)

        Thank you, Erik. I learned something. Here in France we know very little about the Amish.

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    Comment on Here in Missouri! (June 20th, 2013 at 14:21)

    Here in Missouri!

    The Amish operate many puppy mills – I find that shocking! Apparently dogs/puppies are considered livestock by them and their care is deplorable. I really thought more of them than that. Care to defend/explain?

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      Comment on Puppy mills=bad. (June 20th, 2013 at 18:53)

      Puppy mills=bad.

      No, not really. Used to get into this, but it’s a lose-lose topic.

      It always seems to bring out the ugliest side of people. I don’t mean your comment Dianne, but if you knew some of the nasty, vulgar comments I’ve had to delete 🙂

      But…if you’re truly interested feel free to use search box on this site to find my and others’ previous comments and posts on puppy mills.

      So I’ll just sign off with: if you see a bona fide puppy mill, English or Amish-owned, report it.

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    Comment on Carpentry (November 22nd, 2013 at 12:42)


    Do Amish carpenters have issue with teaching non-Amish women or women as a whole about Carpentry. I have a great interest in learning about it and the quality of woodwork done by the Amish is Beautiful.

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    carmelo furgiuele
    Comment on Donation!!!! (December 4th, 2013 at 15:48)


    I have two manual knitting machines that I would like to donate. I also have a circular sewing machine (electric) for sweaters to be donated. There are in very good working order!!! If somebody is interested please answer to this e-mail address. Thank you

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    Astrid G
    Comment on Amish working hours (May 27th, 2014 at 06:38)

    Amish working hours

    Recently, we purchased wooden playground equipment from an Amish company. When it was being installed, the workers mentioned that they would remove the old equipment and reinstall it elsewhere, if there was time before it got dark. Do they have restrictions on working after dark? Or is it just practicality ( not wanting to use electric lighting and wanting to get home while it’s not too dark)?

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      Comment on How do Amish make money? (May 27th, 2014 at 07:04)

      That was probably just about practicality Astrid. If need be, Amish people get work done when the sun’s gone down (or has yet to rise–just ask an Amish dairy farmer 🙂 ).

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    Comment on Amish Puppy Mills (January 4th, 2015 at 18:51)

    Amish Puppy Mills

    How could you write this article and not mention the Amish Puppy Mills?


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      Comment on "Puppy Mill" Omission (January 5th, 2015 at 02:43)

      "Puppy Mill" Omission

      I feel that indirectly the questioned raised is answered broadly in this statement:

      “Amish earn money in a variety of ways

      Amish have always been an adaptable people, and with the lack of affordable farmland, they have had to adjust in order to survive. Amish make money today in a variety of occupations, from at-home shops to small intensively-farmed produce operations to mobile work crews working in upscale developments.”

      ‘Puppy Mills’ are a touchy subject at the best of times, regardless of the faith of the operators, and Erik/Amish America omitted subject, most likely because it had either been covered elsewhere or depending on the date of the entry, would be discussed later, as this is an older posting.

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        Comment on How do Amish make money? (January 5th, 2015 at 10:43)

        Yes, search the term in the search box and you’ll find a number of posts on this site on that sad topic.

        I’ve noticed there are commenters who seem to roam the internet and leave puppy mill comments on articles, sometimes on ones that have nothing to do with the subject other than they include mention of the Amish (we get them on random posts on the AA Facebook page for example). This one at least is somewhat related.

        Usually I ignore them because they are often little more than drive-thru spamming, and you’re probably not going to get a thoughtful discussion out of it.

        But Lee if you’re still here, you can also check out our most recent post of a few weeks ago on the topic: http://amishamerica.com/colorado-amishman-plans-dog-business-locals-fear-puppy-mill/

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    Jeff Coleman
    Comment on Factory workers (July 30th, 2015 at 18:48)

    Factory workers

    I am looking for about 10 dedicated and reliable employees who wish to earn a good wage with great benefits. My plant is within an hours drive of the Carrol County TN Amish communities.

    Do you have any advise on how to make contact with the folks?

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      Comment on Amish factory workers (July 31st, 2015 at 12:08)

      Amish factory workers

      Hi Jeff, the most feasible and best way is probably face-to-face. The distance may be a little far, and factory work while being common in some communities is not a regular thing in others.

      But you might try approaching the Amish in that settlement and see what response you get. I’d recommend driving over and simply visiting a business, introducing yourself, striking up a friendly conversation and then explaining what you do and that you’re looking for workers and maybe asking the business owner for his advice/help as to how to spread the word (and/or simply if he thinks there might be interest in his area). I’m assuming the labor force is not unionized, which if it were, would not fit with the Amish.

      It’s a small Amish population in Carroll County (there are technically 2 small settlements in the county, one partially in the county with the rest living in Weakley County) and I don’t know much about the typical occupations there.

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    Marjorie Wright
    Comment on Donation (January 2nd, 2016 at 12:47)


    Are these still available ?? And if so Please send me more information on how to get them. Thank You

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    Chuck Olmstead
    Comment on La Plata Missouri (July 11th, 2017 at 15:41)

    La Plata Missouri

    Erik..are there many Amish in and around La Plata Missouri?

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