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What does a day look like on an Amish farm?

January 15, 2021

I think it’s fair to say that you most likely do not live on a farm. Sure, you might have a garden, even a large one. Maybe you even have some chickens and a dog. But, you probably aren’t a farmer.

Americans are infatuated with the nostalgia of farm life. They are similarly fascinated with the Amish. 

I mean, all of our ancestors had a hand in farming at some point in time. And, the thought of a candlelit dinner, a home heated with wood, and taking a break from devices sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

In reality, farming isn’t very glamorous. Being Amish certainly isn’t glamorous. But being an Amish farmer is absolutely rewarding.

Here’s a peek into what an average day on an Amish farm looks like:

4am: Wake up, get dressed, brush teeth, brush hair

5am: Feed the animals and milk the cows

6:30am: Clean the milking equipment

7:30am: Check voicemail and make some calls

8am: Breakfast

8:30am: Chores (muck manure, put on your snowsuit to get meat out of the sub-zero freezer, move some hay, fix some fences)

12pm: Dinner

12:30pm: Check voicemail and make some calls

1:30pm: Chores (chase the bull, put new bedding down for the animals, fix more fences, have pigs run through your legs and end up riding a pig backwards)

2:30pm: Business phone calls

4pm: Supper

5pm: Feed the animals and milk the cows

6pm: Clean the milking equipment

8pm: Snack and enjoying family

9pm: Bed

At the end of the day, farmer Aaron feels accomplished. 

He’s lifted hundreds of pounds of meat or milk or ice or hay, listened to and left dozens of voice messages (it’s like super slow texting), taken care of 100 animals, packed lots of customers’ orders, and laughed with his family. 

This is what it’s about. It’s not about being glamorous. It’s about being healthy and having a purpose. At Miller’s Bio Farm, we strive to inspire healthy generations. 

That means producing healthy foods and fields and animals and people NOW so we can repair the damage done in past generations and look forward to a brighter future.

What does an average day in your shoes look like? Is there anything you do that is rewarding or inspiring? I’d love to hear from you.

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