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

If I’d Only Known.

Saoirse and I are standing on a curb in front of a Starbucks in Albany amidst a sea of suits and cell phones.   It doesn’t take long for me to find Steve, who we are waiting for.  Steve Hoare owns Black Dome Press, a small, local, independent publishing house that focuses on books of regional … Read More >

Lemon-Honey Crème Brûlée

  So many chickens and so many eggs!  Our fridge is overflowing with the labors from all the happy hens.  Plus, the cows are out on grass, so the cream is extra yellow.  Seems like a good time to celebrate with a fantastic dessert.... SERVES 6 (if you are feeling generous.  And with this … Read More >

The Responsiveness Badge

Facebook has a new “responsiveness badge.”  The other business owners in my entrepreneurship night class are talking about it.  To earn it, page admins must respond to 90% of messages within fifteen minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. I snort at the irony.  We are in this class because … Read More >

Stone Soup

Saoirse sits at the table and watches me review the figures that Larry has presented for the final stages of the cafe.  We are adding up each bit of work carefully, trying to figure out what parts of the project can go on hold until we see more cash flow, what parts are absolutely essential in order … Read More >