Amish Living 101

Living up here in this Tennessee Mountain, we are surrounded by Amish families. I wonder if I could? If I should? And If I would… Be able to work and live a life as simple as they do and succeed or even learn to understand a super-simplified life full of hard labor and peacefulness, or should I say extreme quiet. I do understand one thing, these people work from daylight till dark, working outdoors, tending to crops, weed pulling and keeping their chores as one lady calls it completed. Eight hours work each day is nothing for them. They pull as many hours as possible out of a day with back-breaking hard labor.

Do you think you could live like the Amish? Nearly everyone has fantasized about living off the land and getting back to nature. It sounds gratifying to grow your food, make your clothes and unplug from all the stresses of modern life. Maybe you would not want to adopt all of the Amish customs. You may not wish to give up your car or computer. It may not be feasible for you to give up your current job. You may cringe at the thought of giving up indoor plumbing and everything currently running on electricity in your home. However, you can adopt many features of the Amish lifestyle. Go back home to grow food at home.

Grow your affordable meats. Think about the freedom of growing all your food. Living as we did back in the 1800s, you’d lower food bills. Think about quick trips to the grocery store where you purchase only cornmeal, flour and cooking oil. That’s what the Amish do. The only food items they do not grow are their supplies for cooking. You may need a farm or a good expanse of land to keep a cow. If you have a farm, consider raising your cattle for beef and milk. Pigs are an excellent meat source. They do not need much space or pasture. They do not even have to smell bad. If you do not have a lot of lands available, keep them in pen. An easy method is to imitate commercial farms by utilizing automatic feeders. Chickens are another option for small spaces. Many would be farmers are raising their chickens in residential areas.

Man cannot live by meat alone. If you truly want to lower food bills, you will want to grow some vegetables. Using a hothouse enables you to grow your crops year-round. You can buy a small hot house or make your own. You will need some treated pine, some steel rods, an electrical conduit, galvanized tired wire, concrete and more. A 6-meter long x 3.8-meter wide x 2.5-meter high hot house can be made for as little as $500. A comparable version would cost more than $2,000 at a store. You should choose a spot that gets sun in winter. You can grow everything from vegetables and fruits to herbs and spices in there! Imagine never having to go to the grocery store again!

You don’t need a farm home to grow food at home. You can lower food bills and have affordable meats and vegetables. The Amish lifestyle is the envy of everyone with high food bills. You do not have to give up all modern conveniences to join in the fun and savings. With a few simple changes, you can grow your food. Assess your home and land to determine your options. If you have a lot of lands, get a cow, a herd of swine and a chicken coop. If you are short on space, raise a few chickens. Even raising chickens will cut down on food costs. There is a lot to be said about affordable meats and eggs. No matter where you live, you probably have space for a small greenhouse. Enjoy your new Amish lifestyle!