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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 July 29-30

Your choice of: Tomato Garlic Chicken Salad Barbers' Cherry tomatoes and braised garlic, paired with Sap Bush Hollow pastured chicken OR Head cheese (c'mon!  Ever tried it?) Sap Bush Hollow Pastured Pork and fresh herbs, served refreshingly cool over Barbers' greens, drizzled with olive oil … Read More >

Culture Shock

Is this character, or is this cultural?  I’ve just returned home from the cafe for lunch to find two Spanish teenagers melted across my living room couch, faces illuminated by smartphones.  My own teenager has retreated to help her dad stack the firewood.  I don’t think they notice she’s left them.  … Read More >

Chicken Pot Pie

Now that you've learned to make the gluten-free pie crust, here's one more way to make use of it! Serves 4   2 Tbs lard or butter 1 medium potato, diced (super-small) 1 small onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black … Read More >

Adventures in Shopping

“We’re at a store called Pink.  Did you know you can try on thongs over your shorts?” This is a week of many firsts:  Saoirse’s first “hang out” at the mall with Martina, our foreign exchange student from Madrid; her first siting of a Wendy’s restaurant; her first exposure to the makeup aisle at … Read More >