Just back from a few days with some Amish friends of mine. While there we got onto a discussion about AITC. They told me about some of the things that happened behind the scenes. Two producers arrived in Holmes County and hung around in shopping centers/malls following Amish people and striking up conversations with them. They presented themselves as a married couple who were "seekers" (people seeking to join the Amish). The befriended a New Order Amish couple and were invited to church services. Afterwards during the meal, their conversation and questions seemed suspect. They were asked if they were married, and they admitted that they were not. Then it was revealed that one wasn't and one had been married (a barrier if they were truely seekers). The bishop, highly suspicious finally asked if they were connected with UPN etc., and they hemmed and hawwed and finally admitted that they were, at which point they were asked to leave.
I also heard that they shot some scenes at a vacant farm (owned by neither Amish nor Mennonites) and it was implied that this was the farm home of one of the Amish youth.
In addition I heard that there was a boy from an Amish family in Indiana that had agreed to be on the show, but two days before he was to leave for CA, he was killed while driving his car.
The thing that most Amish people are disappointed about is the fact that "Rumspringa" is being presented as a universal Amish phase which is totally accepted and acceptable. It is not. It is NOT approved of by the vast majority of Amish and probably only tolerated because children use it as a lever. "If you kick me out I'll never come back, but if you let me do what I want, I "might" (or "probably") come back and join.