A Magazine for A Simple, Community-Based Lifestyle

Hello from Amish country! Are you interested in homesteading and authentic community? Scroll down to get a taste of our magazine’s content.

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Joel Salatin

JOEL SALATIN

Joel co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. He teaches farming and homesteading in natural ways that promote quality, godly stewardship, and regeneration of the earth.

Rory Feek

Rory Feek

Rory is a storyteller, songwriter, author, filmmaker, and one-half of the Grammy-award-winning duo, Joey+Rory. He will share lessons he has learned, and is still learning, as he nurtures close-knit community and family.

Amish man with his horse

The Roundtable

Featuring reader-submitted questions to our panel of four Amish men, seeking to gain insight into their views on living in genuine community.

Melissa Norris

Melissa Norris

A long-time influencer in the homestead community, Melissa shares practical tips and tricks for homesteading, gardening, and cooking. She warns that if you join her in this way of life, you may quickly become addicted to Mason jars…

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Shawn and Beth Dougherty

Shawn & Beth Dougherty

Shawn and Beth live in eastern Ohio on their 17-acre home farm. They raise cows, sheep, hogs, and poultry, and produce most of their own food and feed on the farm. Enjoy the thoughtful insights they glean from their everyday life on the farm.

Ferree Hardy

Ferree Hardy

You’re not alone! That is the message of Ferree Hardy’s writings. She has been through the difficulty of losing a spouse and wants to share the value of what God has shown her. Here you’ll find comfort and practical ways to begin looking forward again.

Wendy Cunningham

Wendy Cunningham

Wendy and her husband, Tom, live on a homestead and homeschool their three amazing children. Wendy was once an atheist but now loves Jesus and seeks to inspire people to step into their calling. Her writings will dive deep into relevant matters pertaining to the faith.

Mom with a child with special needs

Serving Our Neighbors

Opportunity to serve is all around us. This column showcases ways in which we can be generous with our resources. Whether that is with time, money, or prayer, all are important in helping our neighbor.

Marlin Miller with his dog

One Minute With Marlin

Marlin Miller is the publisher of Plain Values. He is an excellent storyteller, and we know you’ll love his bite-sized messages.

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“Unlike so much of the best farmland, which has become a kind of agricultural desert, the Amish landscape in Holmes County, Ohio, is vibrantly populated with both people and animals. Busy people are seen everywhere. All the houses are lived in. All the buildings are in use. Fences and buildings are in excellent repair. And there are signs of thriving and thrifty home life: vegetable gardens, flower gardens, fruit trees, grape arbors, berry vines, beehives, bird houses. People are making careful, comely, dignified work of the essential tasks defined by modern values as ‘drudgery.’ And because they have thought of the well-being of all the people, all are busy. There is use for everyone. The Amish do not have the abandoned children, cast-off old people, criminals, indigents, and vagrants whom we have ‘freed from drudgery.’”

Wendell Berry

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