Here is the essence of Amish-style family and communality. There are at least four residences at this farm. That gives a place for the nuclear family and two sets of grandparents. Then what is the fourth house used for? Perhaps for a brother’s or sister’s family? Or for great-grandparents? Any way you look at it, that’s prosperity right there. And it’s the reason Amish people don’t make any use of retirement homes. Once you have retired, the children build a house for you right on the farm.