What is the difference between an Amish farm and a “regular” farm? What differentiates between livestock and produce raised in each, and why should it matter to me?
An Amish farm uses farming techniques that have been developed and refined over nearly 300 years by generations of Amish families. Farm labor is driven by livestock such as horses instead of gas powered machinery used by larger farms, and the produce and livestock are fertilized by animal manure instead of processed fertilizers filled with chemicals and preservatives. These techniques ensure that the livestock are raised naturally, as nature intended. Livestock are also raised on farms with plenty of room to roam and graze, where they can grow and reproduce naturally, resulting in happier animals and a higher quality end product for the consumer.
In a study published at the University of California-Davis, the Amish were described as a group of people who valued “all work as important” and that they “honored the process and end product”. This is the major difference between an Amish farm and a normal farm, because the Amish put the quality of the end product over the quantity of the end product. While most farmers strive to produce the end product as fast as possible, the Amish are determined to give the consumer the best product possible. The true enjoyment of the work that they do and appreciation of each aspect of it reflects in the produce and livestock that makes it way to the consumer’s dinner table.
The differences between Amish farms and “regular” farms are evident in nearly every aspect. From the fertilizer used, to the food that is fed to the livestock. Chemicals and unnatural preservatives are not used which results in a safe, natural end product that you can feel comfortable feeding to your family. This is why Peacock Poultry Farm has partnered with Amish farmers in Indiana for over 40 years to provide the highest quality products to our customers.