How to hire the Amish for a project in New York

So you’ve heard stories about the speed and efficiency of the Amish. Have you ever wondered how to hire them for your construction project?

The Amish have a strong presence in New York State, with over 50 settlements scattered throughout the state. In fact, New York ranks fifth among all US states in terms of Amish population, behind Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Randy Fath on Unsplash

Randy Fath on Unsplash

There are said to be five Amish settlements here in the Mohawk Valley. And we’ve all seen them at some point, usually at local farmers markets. They sometimes make appearances at estate sales or antique fairs.

The thing is, the Amish can’t just drop what they’re doing to come and help you with your project. Some Amish communities are simple dairy farms and do not engage in contracting out at all. But those who do can often get hired for projects such as:

  • New construction (residential)
  • New construction (commercial)
  • Renovated
  • Masonry
  • roof
  • Cladding
  • aisles
  • mechanics
  • Storage buildings
  • Barns

For your average modern American in 2022, contacting the Amish seems like an insurmountable obstacle. There are no Amish sites where you can get a quote. And you obviously can’t call them. There is no 1-800-AMISH-NOW.

Turns out the best way to find out if the Amish can help you is…

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California Costume Store via Amazon/Canva

It really is that simple. The next time you see them out, introduce yourself and ask what kind of work they do. See if your project is something they would be willing to take on and see when they might be available.

Everyone agrees: working with the Amish is fantastic. They are punctual, do what they say they are going to do and work hard. And you know their craftsmanship will be top notch.

Good luck finding an Amish worker to help you build your Amish paradise!


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