Patricia asks…

Can you recommend where I can find some heavy duty, sturdy clothespins?

We use their catalog, but you could check Lehmans.com for clothespins.

Frances asks…

Do the Amish raise their own transplants, such as tomatoes and peppers, for their gardens? If so, how do they give them the light they need and how do they keep them warm. I teach organic gardening and one of my students asked me this question. She will soon be living without electricity and cannot figure out how to give her seedlings the light they need to grow to a healthy garden size?

Some Amish do raise their own transplants. My mom is one of them. She is usually successful. Mom plants the seeds in clear plastic containers, such as you can buy cookies in from the supermarket. She puts the lid on or covers the container tightly with plastic wrap. Then she sets the container near the pilot light on our LP (liquid propane) gas stove. The warming shelf of a wood stove would work too, as long as the temperature is a steady warm. Sometimes by the next morning the seeds have sprouted. Mom then transfers the seedlings to the window sill that gets good sunlight. She removes part of the plastic wrap or props up the lid on the containers to give the seedlings air. Once the seedlings are about ¾ inch high, Mom uncovers them completely. At about 1 ½ inches high (depending on the plant) Mom transplants the seedlings into larger containers. During sunny days we set them in a small greenhouse made of a converted trellis. Make sure to take the plants inside at night. Window sills work fine as long as they are sunny and you have enough room for all the plants. Good luck!

Gloria asks…

Is it disrespectful for Christians who are not Amish get married dressed up in the Amish clothing? My fiancé and I are moving to Lancaster, PA and are getting married this year. We love the area so much and love what the Amish stand for. We want to have our wedding ceremony in Lancaster, PA and dressed as Amish, as long as it is not disrespectful. Please let me know. Thank you.

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. May God be the center of your marriage and bless you both with many happy years together. I am assuming you are having someone Amish make the clothing for your wedding since ready-made Amish clothes aren’t readily available. Perhaps that person would be the best person to answer your questions. Or one of your new Amish neighbors, assuming you have Amish neighbors. Please keep in mind, though, that our clothing is not just a costume. Should you throw a wild party afterword, or ignore God in some other way, then it would be offensive. But, as long as your wedding is God-honoring, I cannot see that it would be offensive if you dressed Amish.

Dana asks…

I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, and I have a couple questions about Amish women. What would a woman do if her hair was so heavy that having it up in a tight bun all day hurt her head and made it difficult to focus on her work? Also, are women allowed to pluck stray facial hair? May Amish women shave their leg and underarm hair if it makes them uncomfortable? Thank you.

I cannot speak for all Amish because each community varies from the next. Even the different churches within a community vary slightly. In my experience some women have dealt with too heavy hair by thinning it out, usually with a thinning comb. For women, hair on the head is very seldom cut. Please read the Bible verses 1 Corinthians 11:5-6, 15. This is why Amish women very seldom cut their hair. As far as plucking stray facial hair and shaving legs and underarms, that is usually a personal choice. Some do, some don’t.