3 responses to Why do Amish restrict tractor use?
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    Comment on Why do Amish restrict tractor use? (April 22nd, 2008 at 01:50)

    Is another reason the fact that with tractors, the people don’t need each other so much — that farming becomes more of a solitary activity and less of a group activity?

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    Comment on Why do Amish restrict tractor use? (April 22nd, 2008 at 15:16)

    I drove PA Rt. 208 through New Wilmington enroute to Youngstown OH on Sunday afternoon and noticed many of the fields were freshly plowed.

    PA 208 is available in “Street View” on Google maps. The Amish settlement runs from Volant to the east of New Wilmington and to Pulaski to the west. On Google maps type in New Wilmington PA and you will find Rt. 208. Zoom in at the Intersection of 208 and Mercer Rd. and turn the image and you will find an Amish schoolhouse. Travel west in street view and past this same intersection you will come upon two men in an open buggy on their way to work. 360’s east and west of New Wilmington will give you views of Amish farms, barns, homes and out buildings. A few more buggies are on the road elsewhere. The light blue doors tell you you’re in Amish country. The only Amish settlement in America available in “Street View”, pretty cool!

    I know, I need to find better ways to waste my time. 🙂

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    Comment on Why do Amish restrict tractor use? (September 29th, 2009 at 16:04)

    Hi. I don’t mean to sound like a know-it-all but while donkeys(equus asinus) are different species from horses (equus ferus), all dog breeds are of the same species (canis familiaris). That’s why mules are sterile and labradoodles aren’t. Zonkies — crosses between horses and the zebra species (equus zebra, equus quagga or equus grevyi) would also be sterile.

    The first word in those funny word pairs is the name of the genus the animal belongs to and the last name is the species. The equus species above are closely enough related to have babies, but those babies are sterile. That’s a sign of them being different species and maybe that’s what the Amish farmers who forbade using mules were noticing…

    Okay. End of geek mode, now. 😀

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