This photo was taken by me near Lancaster, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. It shows the Amish using traditional machinery and a team of horses to harvest straw. It is believed that the Amish and Mennonite farmers produce a greater harvest while consuming less energy than today's farmer.
To the Amish, toiling with the soil, raising livestock, and growing their own food is seen as cooperating with God's will. Communing with nature is a form of communing with God. To the Amish, farming is not merely a job but a sacred lifestyle dictated by the Scriptures.
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