#56 What Principles Can We Learn from the Amish Community?
The Amish Community demonstrate some basic principles which allow their unique lifestyle to survive, even thrive, both in North America and around the rest of the world. It is striking to see a spiritual culture present in the USA thriving despite all predictions of impossibility. The original 5,000 Amish have grown into 400,000 Amish. They live primarily depending on the land. They mainly run their own education system and have two thousand schools catering for educating their children all staffed by members from their own communities. The retention rate for their young people is also excellent – up to 93% of the young adults decide to stay within the community. People are attracted to witness a social system that works and provide a yearly revenue of 2 billion dollars by attending their guided tours.
Kalakantha Dasa has been the ISKCON minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture since 2015. He has been working as a SPN, (Strategic Planning Network), member since 2013. He was born in Brazil in a family of farmers and teachers of agriculture. He has worked with various farm communities for the last 23 years and has visited ISKCON farms around the world. At present he is working on an ethical dairy equation for ISKCON. He has been running ISKCON Continental Farm Conferences. These Conferences have already been established in Europe, North and South America and there are plans to reach other continents in the next two years. He is based in Sri Mayapur with his family.