The Amish are known for being hard workers and living off the land, with little dependence on others outside their community for their survival. As preppers, we can learn several things from them as we make our emergency plans and preparations. Here are 6 things we can learn about survival from the Amish.
Learn to Cook From Scratch
Cooking from scratch is an Amish staple. They don’t depend on commercial processed food for their meals. They grow it, can it, and make it from scratch. Almost everything is farm to table. Recipes and cooking techniques are passed down from generation to generation. Learning to cook from scratch is a very valuable skill that you will be so glad you have when you find yourself in survival mode, and can’t run to the nearest drive thru or grocery store for convenience foods. Start by learning several basic recipes that you can cook from scratch, and gradually build your recipe list to have several things you can create for each meal. Cooking from scratch is a great activity that the whole family can do together, too.
No More Keeping Up with the Joneses
The Amish have chosen a life of living separate. They don’t do things to keep up with society or fit in. They aren’t bothered by trying to fit in or be popular. They only buy things they truly need, and aren’t swayed by what is popular in our culture. And they are okay with that lifestyle. For them, there isn’t a pull to do what others are doing or buy something because everyone else has it. It isn’t about having the “it” thing or flaunting wealth (or the illusion of wealth). This can benefit you as a prepper in many ways. If your goal is being set for emergencies, you may fore go things like a new car or a big vacation to save money for when you need it or spend it on your preps. These sacrifices now will pay off when you are dealing with a disaster or other emergency.
Amish don’t get involved in local government, or even national government, so they don’t allow themselves to get wrapped up in political matters. If you go off grid, the goal is usually to have as little involvement with government and man-made entities as possible. Of course, you don’t want to go dark completely. You need to know what’s happening in the local government and every prepper should vote. But the point is to keep it balanced – the Amish community isn’t consumed by politics and you shouldn’t be either.
Hard Work is Important
The Amish value hard work. A strong work ethic is a great thing to have. They are willing to get up with the sun (and sometimes before!) to get as much accomplished as they can during the day. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty or break a sweat. They know that the only way things will get done is for them to do it themselves, and everyone has a job to keep the homestead running smoothly. The same is true for your emergency preps and the day to day chores around your home. It takes everyone playing a part and working hard to get the jobs done.
Cut Ties With Technology
One thing the Amish haven’t embraced is technology. They aren’t tied to smart phones, computers, or other techy gadgets, and that’s okay! They are still able to live rich, full lives without feeling the need to constantly check in or get online. If you find yourself in survival mode, you probably won’t have access to these things either, so it might be wise to try having some screen free days where you live “unplugged.” Another idea would be to find out alternate ways to do some of the technology based tasks. For example, if phones are down, how will you communicate? If you can’t get online, do you have alternate options to purchase goods and services? Finding ways to go about every day life without technology can be beneficial.
Community Is Important
Another thing the Amish place high value on is community. Family and their local community are very important to them. They work together, play together, and live life together. They depend on each other. If they have a need, they look to each other to see it fulfilled. They aren’t dependent on outside sources or groups to help them out, unless absolutely necessary. Ever seen an Amish barn raising? That’s community. They work together to help others succeed. Building community can take time, but the rewards are endless. Can you imagine how awesome it would be for your family and neighbors could come together after a disaster or emergency and band together to get through it?? You have an invaluable resource in those around you.
These are just some of the survival lessons you can learn from the Amish. They are models of perseverance and hard work and your survival preparations can improve greatly by taking some of these ideas into consideration.