Upstate New York, with a storm on its way, I stopped to talk to these Amish kids playing by the highway, near their farm. I finally asked if I could take their picture and the oldest told me to be quick about it because her parents weren’t looking.
Eli Schrock owns Schrock Amish Dairy farm in Rosebush, MI. His wife, Ella, takes care of the children and Eli does most of the farm work on his own. Their three sons, Jonas, Jacob and James, all suffer from moderate to severe mental handicaps. Jonas and Jacob, 33 and 25, are also physically handicapped and are unable to perform day to day tasks such as eating, getting dressed, and using the bathroom. James, 21, is the most advanced of the three, and is able to help is father with simple tasks around the farm, such as gathering eggs, moving hay, and feeding his two animals, a sheep and a goat.
With this piece I attempt to share the story of an Amish family with more on their plate that most of us could handle. Running a dairy farm and taking care of three mentally handicapped boys.