A little while back I gave an interview for a newspaper column on Amish frugality.

One example which I think captures the mindset (and which I wish I’d shared) was what happens at Amish schools in the summer time.  What happens?  Well, this:

amish school ashland ohio

All that green stuff you see, that’s normally the schoolyard 8-9 months of the year.  But rather than let the land lie fallow in the warmer months, it’s put to use.

amish school crops

Here are the school outhouses.  These photos were all taken yesterday at the Amish community near Ashland in Ashland County, Ohio, by the way.

amish school outhouses

And it’s not just crops.  It’s not uncommon to see animals grazing outside Amish schools.

grazing horses amish school

You seem to see this more often with conservative churches, or at least I have.  
Somewhere on the blog (can’t remember where right now) there’s a shot I took of sheep munching the yard of a Swartzentruber Amish school.

horses grazing amish ohio

With their generally lower incomes, the lower Amish groups might be the “frugalest” of all.

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