Welcome.

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 Hearthside Brunch Sat., April 28, 2018

Espresso Black Bean Chili w/our grassfed beef with NYS cheddar, Jalapeños & sour cream on the side Fresh baked cornbread Cilantro-lime slaw Homemade Pie for dessert GF & Prix Fixe 19.95 As always, we open at 9 with our fresh croissants, baked goods, coffee and our breakfast menu. … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Hearthside Brunch Sat., April 21, 9-12

Moroccan spiced pork Over rice Roasted cauliflower-chickpea salad w/raisins & fresh mint vinaigrette Persian love cake 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 >

Sap Bush Cafe Hearthside Brunch Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9-12

Simple comfort food this weekend:   Hearty meatloaf & Gravy made with Sap Bush grassfed beef and pastured pork Mashed potatoes Trio of salads: Red beet, carrot and celeriac Slice of homemade pie GF and Prix Fixe 19.95 As usual, we’ll open at 9 am with our fresh-baked croissants, … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Hearthside Brunch Sat., April 8, 2018, 9-12

Japanese-Style Beef Curry made with Sap Bush grassfed beef, local & organic vegetables W/a dollop of Cowbella yogurt Over rice W/Crooked Carrot Kim Chi Followed up with a slice of homemade pie GF and Prix Fix 19.95 As usual, we’ll open at 9 am with our fresh-baked croissants, Napoleons, … Read More >