Sustainable Living with Lehman's

If you're looking to simplify your life and make your home more sustainable and organized, look no further than Lehman's. Established in 1955 by Jay Lehman with the goal of serving  the Amish community, this store offers over 40,000 square feet of unique products for all ages. With an emphasis on self-reliance and self-sufficiency, Lehman's provides a variety of items for sustainable living, as well as a DIY section for gift-giving ideas and home decor options.

Lehman's own March theme is all about having the right tool to get the job done. This theme is particularly fitting, as it highlights one of the key aspects of Lehman's mission — to provide customers with the tools they need to live a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle. Glenda Lehman Ervin, the Director of Marketing at Lehman's, is a key figure in the store and the daughter of the founder, Jay Lehman, and has been instrumental in maintaining the store's mission. Glenda is an expert on all the products, from composting tools to organization products.

According to Glenda, it's important to know tips and practical tools to help you live a simpler life. “When you think of your garden, think of going from plant to plate to pantry. Only plant what your family likes to eat. This not only ensures that you'll have a bountiful harvest, but it also eliminates waste. Also, having the right tools and equipment can make all the difference. By using tools like a push, pull hoe, a broad fork and hand tools for container gardens, you can make gardening more enjoyable and less time-consuming.”

She continues: “Next, take the time to organize your kitchen because you'll be able to prepare meals more efficiently. This can save you time and energy in the long run and make cooking a more enjoyable experience.”

The saying goes, "A place for everything, and everything in its place." This simply means that everything should have a designated location and it should always be put back there after use. Lehman’s not only has exactly what you use the most, but a way to keep it nearby and organized.

Need a housewarming gift? Glenda loves to recommend a unique and practical home decor item: the Rag Rug. These rugs are created by Mennonite Central Committee volunteers using donated blue jeans that have been weaved into beautiful and durable rugs. Not only are these rugs functional and stylish, but purchasing one also helps to support a good cause. The Mennonite Central Committee is a nonprofit organization, and by purchasing a Rag Rug, you are giving back twice — once by supporting the organization and once by giving a thoughtful present to a loved one.

Additionally, Lehman's offers a variety of events for visitors to learn more about sustainable living and the simpler way of life. Visitors can learn about candle making, pie baking, tapping your own trees for maple syrup, baking bread and more. These events are not only a great way to learn new skills, but also a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and learn more about sustainable living. Be sure to visit to see what events are scheduled for the month and to sign up in advance.

Having the right tools and equipment can make all the difference. - Glenda Lehman Ervin

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