SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS & RELIGION
Oba Herschberger>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 18
- FARMING METHODS
- Women work garden. Does not hire help from outside. No control over income, market is frustrating. No free time, but all time is used to work on things. Sees a bleak future for Amish in agriculture. Innovative program in IN gets more farmers on the land by cooperating. Economics of huge farms is ridiculous because of large outlays for equipment. Ruining the soils with chemicals to keep yields up. Ten thousand acres could support forty Amish families instead of one guy.
- Future of Amish may change as a result of their working for the English. Absorb the different attitudes and values. Youth are uninterested and know nothing about future life. Discusses reading and writing, people understanding events, politics, place of women.