The family is the most important social unit in the Amish culture. Large families with seven to ten children are common. Chores are clearly divided by sexual role in the Amish home - the man usually works on the farm, while the wife does the washing, cleaning, cooking, and other household chores. There are exceptions, but typically the father is considered the head of the Amish household. German is spoken in the home, though English is also taught in school. Amish marry Amish - no intermarriage is allowed. Divorce is not permitted in the Amish lifestyle and separation is very ...
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By: LaVonne De Bois

 

As Spring arrives, so does the need to prepare for planting of crops.  Farming among the Amish remains in the 8 - 10% range with regard to family occupations.

 

Recently I interviewed a New Order Amish farmer about farming methods.  Even though Amish are allowed to utilize tractors on the farm for running equipment, some New Order may use tractors for fieldwork.  That is not the norm, but demonstrates the extreme examples from one group to another.

 

Working in the field does not ...
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Meghan Millea

Three women and their children entered the old Amish house. Built in 1848, it was once home to an Amish bishop and his 11 children. They looked over their shoulders as they took in the entryway. There were hand-painted jugs resting on the table, covered in colorful depictions of nature or farm life. Another table was covered with homemade chocolate candies and canned jams for sale. They continued their perusal of the items as they headed toward the kitchen.

There they found the woman they were looking for. Leaning against the sink with her crutches hugged close to her body, Alma ...
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