Mennonite Farming Death Raises Cultural Questions
June 16, 2012
GREENWICH, Ohio - Life in Mennonite and Amish communities in northwest Ohio center around family. The children intrinsically know how to please and provide.
"If it's feeding calves, you know, they can do that before they go to school. A five-year-old can feed a calf," said Elvin Zimmerman.
Everyone of Zimmerman's eight kids started doing chores at age five which included hand feeding calves. As they grow, their responsibilities grow as well.
But in April, one of Zimmerman's sons was killed in a farming accident while operating a machine his dad made.
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