The Amish are agriculturally centered and tend to isolate themselves from mainstream society, rejecting the use of electricity and most modern technology.
"Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to drive a horse and buggy and you can't have a car, but there's an appreciation that having a horse and buggy keeps you separate from the world and keeps you focused on the community," says Weiner.
Because of this, hydroponics has been given a lo-fi makeover by the group, who use greenhouses to harness sunlight instead of lamps, and employ pneumatics, natural gas, thermostats and manual controls to move water, monitor their crops and control temperature. While a bit more labour intensive and only suitable for growing crops certain times of the year, non-electric hydroponics is allowing for greater farming opportunities without compromising Amish customs.
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