In 1979, Mom and Dad plunked their ideals and $40,000 down on some of the poorest farmland in one of the poorest counties in New York State. They dreamed of living off that land, of their children living off that land. And from the first night I laid my head down to rest on Sap Bush Hollow Farm as a child, I never wanted anything else. As I grew to adulthood and began a family of my own, I realized that this little farm was more than just a pastoral dream. It was an antidote to industrial food, climate change, harried living and social injustices. But how was one little grassfed livestock farm high in the mountains going to support two families? I looked to my Appalachian neighbors, who had lived well up here for generations, with little to no cash. If they could do it, so could we. We would simply have to learn to make what we couldn’t buy. I would become the radical homemaker.

I thought it was just a sensible choice. I didn’t know it would spark a revolution.

Thanks for dropping in. Feel free to look around and see what life is like for three generations of my family as we live, bicker, laugh, feast, farm and love high up here in these frost covered hills of Schoharie County, New York.

— Shannon Hayes, The Radical Homemaker

Find your Tribe

Join a Facebook group - or start one!

Looking to find fellow radical homies in your own community? Here are a few Facebook Groups that have begun around the country to get you started.

Interested in starting a group
in your own neck of the woods?

Let me know, and I’ll post your information here. Once you have at least five members, I’ll send you a free welcome kit with copies of my latest books to use as giveaways. I will also put you on the promotional copy list to get free copies of any future releases. That’s right – free books from me, as long as your group remains active.

I can also be available personally (at no charge) to answer any questions via email, Facebook or Skype interview that your group may wish to present. This is my way of thanking you for helping to spread the word about living happily and sustainably.

• Books •

by the Radical Homemaker, Shannon Hayes

• Words •

from the Radical Homemaker

Sap Bush Cafe Prix Fixe Brunch Special Sat. May 26, 2018, 9-12

Time to celebrate the first fresh vegetables of the season! Wild Ramp Quiche  Asparagus and White Bean Salad w/ Roasted Red Peppers & Parmesan Chicken Noodle Soup Homemade Pie GF & Prix Fixe 19.95   As always, we open at 9 with our fresh croissants, baked goods, coffee and our … Read More >

Mothers’ Day

I’m not a fan of Mothers’ Day.  I was seven months’ pregnant for Saoirse when I vowed to put a stop to the madness.  I saw it all as a giant pyramid scheme, with the youngest, newest, most exhausted Mom in the family line at the highest point of suffering.  Because, while it was a day to supposedly … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Brunch Special Sat., May 19, 9-12

North African Lamb Curry Over Rice Fresh Greens Spiced Flourless Chocolate cake   GF & Prix Fixe 19.95   As always, we open at 9 with our fresh croissants, baked goods, coffee and our breakfast menu.  Hearthside Brunch service begins at 10:30.  As long as you’re in the door by … Read More >

Less Stress, More Profit

Lessons From A Kitchen Disaster It’s the middle of May, and I shuffle the bills like playing cards.  It’s that time of year, when all the savings from the end of last fall have run dry, and I’m scanning due dates, matching them up with the the farm’s production and sales schedule:  pairing feed … Read More >