I wanted to share a link to an Amish success story I happened across the other day. It’s in a publication I’d never heard of called “The New Food Economy” and it’s called How Amish Farm Produce Gets to Whole Foods Without Internet, Tractors, or Phones. It is an in-depth article and well worth reading. My absolute favorite line in the whole article is such an Amishism, “There is a lot of good eat in there,” which is what the Amish farmers will say when defending their crops that didn’t quite make the wholesale cut for one reason or another. I love how Amish humor is close to the earth.
I also love that in this day and age of “bigger is better” these groups of Amish are going up against big businesses with their cooperative and back-to-the-land approach. It reminds us of the true meaning of “horse power.” The Amish have something to teach the mainstream culture, if only we care to learn.
I also like that success stories make it into the news once in a while. I literally cannot stomach reading, watching, or hearing the mainstream news these days. It gives me a distorted view of humanity. I need to fill my brain with stories about people doing good in the world and caring for one another and the earth itself. Most Amish don’t set out to be environmentalists, but they are better at it without trying (and without saying so) than most of society.
Someone could easily ask the question why I’m no longer Amish if I feel this way. The answer would be the same as always — that life doesn’t fit me — or conversely, I cannot make myself Amish.
So I enjoy Amish success stories from a distance, and pass them along to those who are interested.
Photo by Saloma Furlong: Amish homestead in Holmes County, Ohio