As Amish Leave Farming For Other Work Some Leave Their Homestead

Over the past couple of years, Strasburg Township’s zoning office in Pennsylvania found itself fielding more and more requests from Amish to house horses on residential lots. Most Amish in Lancaster County today work outside the farm, so they have been moving into homes on smaller lots — but they still need horses for transportation. In response, Strasburg Township’s board of supervisors voted to allow the horses — with some restrictions. That’s one example of how local governments around the state and the Amish are adjusting to the pressure a growing population is putting on the plain community’s traditional way of life. It’s a different scenario in Manheim Township, where some Amish are concerned about how plans for future development will affect the way they travel between each other’s homes. This summer, township commissioners approved a 76-acre mixed-use development along Oregon Pike. But one Amish man believes turning to the townships to solve problems of space is like