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    Default Public health or freedom of religion: Amish evicted over plumbing

    Jenson Strock
    January 10, 2020

    MORENCI, Mich. A Friday deadline threatens a way of life for a community in Michigan that seeks just to live prayerfully in peace. Eviction notices for a group of Old Order Amish gave the community until Friday, August 16 to leave what the Lenawee County Health Department says are unsafe living conditions. The Amish, however, say complying with the regulations would threaten the very tenets of their faith.
    There are some new faces in Lenawee County, and the first of the Old Order Amish faith to move into the area. But, their unique way of life may be the very thing to force them from their newfound homes - or face the threat of major fines, time in jail or both.


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    Default Re: A question of public health or freedom of religion Amish community faces evi

    This isn't the first time Michigan has harassed some of it's independent farmers:
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...l-farmers.aspx
    https://offgridsurvival.com/michigandnrferalpigs/

    And Michigan is not the only place: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...protected.aspx

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    Default Re: A question of public health or freedom of religion Amish community faces evi

    A petition might help. As I don't live in the US I'm not sure who to - Move On, sumofus, anh?

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    I am within a community of Amish that have settled here in the last 3 to 5 years. Three families are within a five-minute drive of my home, and I've become quite close to one of them. I began buying eggs and milk from them, and trading them for apples, but I had such a massive crop of apples that even after putting up several batches of applesauce, easily a year's supply, and finishing my pigs on a 5-gallon bucketful or more, every day, I still couldn't keep up... So I invited my Amish family to come and take all they wanted. I delivered the first two buckets full and then they came and picked and picked, both off the tree and all the drops on the ground. In the end I had all I needed, so did my pigs, and my Amish friends had 300 pounds of apples which we have been trading for eggs and milk and labor. It's been an ideal arrangement for everyone! They are all hard workers and as far as I know there has been no harassment from any source.

    I read another account of the story in which it appeared that the septic situation would be solved with the county's approval.
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    Just curious, when the Amish came to your place to pick apples, did they travel with a draught horse wagon or a motor vehicle?

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    Islander, that's a wonderful arrangement you have with the Amish family! I'm so glad.

    How did you keep the deer we've heard about from eating your apples?

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    Ha ha, good question. Deer are nocturnal, so every day, late afternoon, I pulled a little red wagon with two 5-gallon buckets through the orchard, picking up all the drops. Apples suitable for eating or canning went in one bucket; the rest went into the pig swill bucket. When my needs were met, I just collected the inedibles for pigs and notified the Amish to come and get them including whatever might still be left on the trees!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grulla View Post
    Just curious, when the Amish came to your place to pick apples, did they travel with a draught horse wagon or a motor vehicle?
    The Amish don't drive. They typically travel in a one-horse buggy; for farm work, like plowing, haying or logging, they will use teams of up to 5 horses, depending on the size of the load. They have no objection to riding in my car, however. "My" family is only 1/2 mile from my house so I pick up & drop off those who work for or with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    ....."So I invited my Amish family to come and take all they wanted.....It's been an ideal arrangement for everyone.
    Nothing like caring, compassionate neighbors. Sounds like you and your Amish neighbors epitomize the scripture: "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

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    A sense of community is so important. I try to foster that. Sadly, my immediate neighbors don't share my point of view.
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