The area surrounding Lancaster, Pennsylvania has beautiful rolling farmland with much of the land in small holdings supporting several generations of extended families. The neatness of the farm buildings and maintenance of the fields and pastures becomes even more impressive once the realization that these farms are owned by Amish, Mennonite or other “Plain Folk”, many of whom do not use electricity as part of their religious interpretation to keep themselves separate from the rest of society. These farms are among the most productive in the nation, using horsepower for the most part and also generally using practices we are calling “organic” today.
The lifestyle is simple with gatherings on Sundays that include recreation after worship. As we drove from our bed & breakfast in Bird in Hand to the restaurant in Ephrata, we passed several groups where young adults were playing volleyball.