The Amish believe strongly in education, but only provide formal education through the eighth grade. They are exempt from state compulsory attendance beyond the eighth grade based on religious principles. Schooling concentrates on the basic reading, writing and math skills, along with vocational training and socialization in Amish history and values.


Many Amish communities provide parochial schools for their children. A local farmer or other landowner will donate land for a school house and the community will assist in building it. Most of the schools are governed by a local school board made up of parents of the children in ...
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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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Dave Mast

Noted American author and intellect Clifton Paul Fadiman once wrote, “Cheese — milk’s leap toward immortality.”

Fadiman must have been visiting Amish Country when he penned those words.

Each year a grand champion cheesemaker is determined, and four local cheese companies make it awfully tough to determine the winner.

But one must be named, and recently, the man behind a cheese dynasty had to take his turn up front saying cheese for the camera.

Richard Guggisberg accepted the grand champion cheesemaker honor on Thursday, Sept. 26 during the 61st annual Ohio Swiss Festival, on behalf ...
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