We have launched on our next tour, first stop: Mt. Hope, Ohio (pop. 2,000). Author Gene Logsdon has called Mt. Hope the best town in Ohio. Why? Mt. Hope is Amish, and for the most part: sustainable. That is, the main modes of transportation are buggies and bicycles. Because of limited (and non-polluting) mobility, local people have to rely on local people for the “stuff of life.” Farmers grow for the local people. A diversified group of small “Mom & Pop” shops downtown provide: clothing, shoes, hardware, food… again, all the basic stuff of life. With everyone reliant on everyone else, common sense would say the people here are quite close. And they are, according to Daniel Troyer. Daniel is an Amish woodworker with Homestead Furniture, who grew up in Mt. Hope and lives in a home with his family, right next to his parents. The Amish place a tremendous premium on family, as they do on community — as opposed to unbridled upward mobility. Dan expalined, for instance, the Amish here have an insurance group with a rather unique fund. People in the group put one day’s wages into the fund, every month. Daniel said this is an expression of care for one’s neighbors, and a way to ‘insure’ that no one goes without help.