The Amish came to Michigan in the late 1800's when the peninsula had been freshly deforested and large tracts of stump filled land was being sold at fire sale prices. Amish folk took advantage of the opportunity and moved from enclaves in Indiana and began the arduous task of preparing the land for farming.
Windmill power is used to pump water from their well for use in tending livestock and household chores.
The lack of power lines strung to and fro takes a little time for an Englisher to adjust to.
There are many misconceptions about the Amish way of life. I have found this site useful in getting an overview of the Amish experience in America..
There is a nostalgic feeling associated with a scene such as this. Just a hundred years ago there was no essential difference between the way our own rural farming Grandparents and the Amish of today achieve their livelihoods. To me, it is very much like looking backwards through time and I imagine my Father riding the plow horse to school with his little sister in tow at the long ago family farm in Nebraska.
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
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