Travelers who are just learning about things such as home gardening and breadmaking due to the quarantine could learn a lot from visiting Lancaster County’s Amish, for whom these activities have been a way of life for centuries, writes Paula Wolf for National Geographic.
There are many enriching and safe ways to enjoy Amish hospitality even during the coronavirus pandemic. Farm stays offer cultural immersion and an earthy education served with proper social distancing.
Farm stays “promote education about stewardship of the land,” said Bonnie Schubert, president of the Pennsylvania Farm Vacation Association. “There’s also a therapeutic appeal to them that’s especially welcome right now.”
Each farm stay is different, with the experience depending on the location and time of year. Guests might get up at the crack of dawn to help milk the cows and bottle-feed the calves, get the chance to play with baby goats, take a spin on a tree swing, or simply relax in nature.
The Amish participate in Lancaster County’s robust tourism industry in other ways as well, including selling handcrafted furniture and running buggy rides.
Read more about local Amish communities in National Geographic here.
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