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

Stupid Idea

I learned a lot this summer.  I learned to put customer numbers on guest checks to keep track of orders.  I learned to use guest checks.  I learned that a farm can grow the commons as well as it can grow meat and vegetables.  I learned that it helps to clean up and set tables when guests leave, … Read More >

Eat it – Wear it – Regenerate it

For those of you in the region looking for some hearty sustenance for mind and body, I'll be speaking here on Nov 4: This year the Savory Global Network, made up of the Savory Institute and its Network of Hubs, is broadening the availability of their annual conference, taking place on October … Read More >

The Open Flag

OPEN flags are like babies.  They change you for life.  Just as pregnancy hormones alone started unraveling the do-good school girl in me, causing me to suddenly challenge doctors, stare down speeding cars when I approached a cross walk or stand up to pushy people; so too did the mere knowledge that … Read More >

Naked Short Ribs

I was all about efficiency this week.  I lit my grill to sear a steak for lunch, then used the flames to sear the cuts I would braise later in the week.  Feeling flush with short ribs, and remembering how delicious short ribs were off the grill while studying asado techniques down in Argentina, I … Read More >