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The Amish are averse to any technology which they feel weakens the family structure. The conveniences that the rest of us take for granted such as electricity, television, automobiles, telephones and tractors are considered to be a temptation that could cause vanity, create inequality, or lead the Amish away from their close-knit community and, as such, are not encouraged or accepted in most orders. Most Amish cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery, live in houses without electricity, and get around in horse-drawn buggies.


It is common for Amish communities to allow the use of telephones, but they do not allow ...
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Occasionally we are asked questions from our guests about the “farming animals” of Ohio’s Amish Country. It’s always fun to share the things we’ve learned and today we would like to share a little about the Draft Horse.
 
There are 5 “official” breeds of Draft Horses; Belgian, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, Suffolk and Paint. Just like there are many different breeds of dogs in the “Working Class” of the dog world (like Sheep Dog, Police Dog, etc), the Draft Horse is the “Working Class” of the horse world.
 
Often called “Gentle Giants”, these behemoths were bred to assist the ...
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Nancy Lembke

There is an art to making wheat shocks like those pictured here.


Just before the grain is fully ripe, the farmer cuts and binds the long stems of wheat straw into individual bundles. If you look closely, you can see that each shock is made up of several bundles. 


As the wheat is cut by the horse-drawn grain binder, the individual bundles are dropped on the ground. The following day each bundle is picked up by hand and six or seven are stood together, each leaning to hold the others upright. Then a cap bundle is carefully bent in half ...
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