another Amish farm near Queen City, an elder stroked his long beard as he listened to a list of concerns expressed by locals. The man, who like many Amish asked that his name not be used, said he got along well with his “English” (non-Amish) neighbors, but acknowledged that many still had misunderstandings about the Amish faith. “I can actually see how they feel if they know no different,” he said.
His family moved from the Fort Wayne, Ind., area five years ago to escape the city and strict zoning laws, and find a good community to raise their children. “Living around a whole lot of wealth is not good for Christians,” he said.
The family sold their 80-acre farm and used the money to buy 300 acres in Schuyler County, on which they raise calves and operate a sawmill. Now, they share a 900-acre tract with 16 or 17 other Amish families, he said. “We don’t want them to feel we’re coming in to crowd them out,” he said of the locals. “The land was for sale.”
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