A recent survey by the USDA shows that over 60% of American Amish farmers are growing their own crops.
And that trend is spreading to their communities, too.
“It’s pretty amazing,” says Matt Rennick, a farmer and author of Farmland and Life.
“It’s a great opportunity for a family to grow and to make a living.”
The Amish are one of the most Christian groups in the country, and in the 1970s, Amish people adopted a strict farming philosophy, one that saw them farm in rows and use only what was necessary.
But in recent decades, the Amish have moved toward a more organic approach to farming.
In 2017, a survey found that Amish households spend an average of $11,000 per year on food.
And the number of people working full-time as farm workers is rising.
“You’re going to see that number increase,” Rennock says.
Farmers and the public aren’t the only ones interested in the Amishes.
Rennack and his family, along with their partner, have been growing vegetables and herbs for more than 20 years.
They are a very small family, he says, and their farming style has allowed them to maintain the peace of mind they have in keeping their food fresh and fresh for the community.
“You know, you can see the peace, and you can also see the joy of the community,” Rynck says.
“They don’t have to worry about the weather or the pests, or what’s going to happen to their crops.”
And now, they are facing the same challenges they faced decades ago.
Rynick says there’s a lot of work ahead of them, but the Amys are doing what they can to ensure that the future is a better one.