LEHMAN'S Non-Electric Catalog



For over forty years we've served our Amish friends and others seeking a simpler and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Since many live "off the grid," we specialize in products that don't require electricity: Hand-powered kitchen appliances, homesteading tools, grain mills, cheese-making supplies, composting toilets, oil lamps and gas lights, water pumps and filters, gas refrigerators, wood-burning stoves, green houses,kits, and much more. Many of the items date to the 1800s.

Since 1978 we've published the "Non-Electric Heritage Catalog." Its 160 pages are packed with 2500 non-electric tools, appliances and housewares used in Amish farms and kitchens. It's been editorially endorsed by Country Journal, Organic Gardening, Healthy and Natural, and Mechanics Illustrated.

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Gardens Alive! is one of the country's leading mail order companies dedicated to biological control of garden pests. Sales are nationwide and the company traces its roots back to the early 1980's and the kitchen and garage of founder and President, Niles Kinerk.

In 1984, after many years of gardening as a hobby, and ten years experience in the direct mail industry, Niles started by testing a natural gardening catalog. After successfully testing, Gardens Alive! began in earnest in the fall of 1985 by renting space in Sunman, Indiana.

Six years later, in the fall of 1991, Gardens Alive! expanded into new space in a vacated Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This facility has enabled Gardens Alive! to consolidate its growing operations of rearing beneficial insects, organic plant foods, and fostering research activities with leading universities and specialists in the field of biological control.

Gardens Alive! sells its products to home gardeners who are purchasing increasing amounts of organic products. To satisfy the increased interest in organic products, Gardens Alive! uses test plots and other research efforts to test products before selecting new items for the catalog.

The Gardens Alive! retail store was opened in 1992, mainly to provide a place for customers, who had received our catalog, to see our products in nicer surroundings than we have in our warehouse. (Of course, this also kept customers from being run over by fork trucks) The store, located in the Greendale Industrial Park, also allows us to sell "scratch and dent" merchandise from our mail order division.

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Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization that is saving "heirloom" (handed-down) garden seeds from extinction.3ò4 SSE's 8,000 members grow and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, SSE's main focus is on heirloom varieties that gardeners and farmers brought to North America when their families immigrated, and traditional varieties grown by Native Americans, Mennonites and Amish.3ò4 Since SSE was founded in 1975, our members have distributed an estimated 750,000 samples of endangered seeds not available through catalogs and often on the verge of extinction.3ò4 SSE has always been the leader of the heirloom seed movement, and the diligent efforts of our members are making rare heirloom varieties available to gardeners everywhere.3ò4

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