Our Amish Neighbors

| 7/23/2015 3:30:00 PM

Tags: Amish, Horse And Buggy, Neighbors, Breeding Goats, Butchering Pigs, Amy Conley,

Amy ConleyA few years ago, I was out doing yard work and a van pulled into the driveway. I always wonder who is stopping especially if I don’t recognize them. A man got out with a straw hat and a beard. He was a pleasant gentleman asking if we were looking to sell our farm. I laughed a little and told him how we are just getting started. The van was full of Amish men looking for farms in the area.

Well, they must have found some because before we knew it, the horse and buggies became a normal sight. I love how you can wave to your neighbors and they wave back because they are not going 55 miles per hour down the road. We love taking rides around to see all the Amish farms. First of all, it is so nice to see run-down farms working again. It is also nice to see their beautiful barns, the school house and horses working in the fields. I don’t think everybody around here loves it, but I do.

An Amish horse and buggy | Fotolia/Christian Kieffer

An Amish horse and buggy | Fotolia/Christian Kieffer

The same man stopped in another time to chat, and he had found a farm about a mile away from us. He was interested in the top of our silo. It again was an interesting question, but our silo is not used and would be a total eyesore in our yard without a top so we had to pass.

When we were looking to breed our goats, an Amish family had moved in a mile in the other direction with their goats. It was a perfect match and we have borrowed their goat for two breedings. The Millers are a nice young family with eight children. God bless them because I am lucky I can handle three. Their children are so well behaved and quiet unlike my own.

7/30/2015 8:41:44 AM

It's too bad that the Amish are such poor caretakers of animals. Their dog breeding facilities are infamous for cruel treatment. Their pig farms in the Finger Lakes area are gigantic and polluting. I understand we can learn some things from the Amish, but their attitude toward animals is appalling.

7/24/2015 8:03:57 AM

Amy, the Amish people are fascinating to me. They are the perfect example of community living. They are as close to self sufficiency as you can get. They are very courteous and respectful but yet strong and determined in their ways. Their way of life is simple and slow paced. Some times I have just a bit of envy but I really like flush toilets and hot showers. Technology is another thing I would not like to give up. So I plod along in urban USA trying to simplify a complicated life. ***** Have a great Amish neighbor day.

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