Lessons from Amish Country
By Loren Anne Barnett
Boasting some of the most fertile soil in the U.S., Lancaster County generates nearly a fifth of
Pennsylvania’s agricultural output.
Below (left to right): The Silver Stone Inn in Lancaster was updated to 100 percent solar power in
2009. Because the Amish do not use electricity in their homes, laundry drying on lines outside is a
common sight in Lancaster. Helen and Ella feed the resident sheep on Silver Stone’s small-scale
maple syrup farm.