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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 Hearthside Brunch Sat., Jan 27, 9-12

This week’s Hearthside Brunch: Espresso Black Bean Chili with Sap Bush grassfed beef & all the fixings: (Shredded NYS extra sharp cheddar, sour cream, minced tomatoes & jalapeños, fresh cilantro) Fresh baked cornbread with grassfed butter Cilantro-lime slaw Homemade Pie GF and Prix … Read More >

Bacon end cuts on sale this week! (Beef short ribs, too!)

Folks, every time Bob slices Dad's home-smoked bacon, he puts aside the end cuts, those fattier pieces that don't make up that gorgeous streaky bacon so many of you pine after.   These end cuts don't fry up in a pan like traditional bacon. ​​​​​​​In truth, however, they are even more … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Hearthside Brunch Sat. Jan 20, 9-12

As usual, we'll open at 9 am with our fresh baked croissants, GF pastries, specialty coffee and our breakfast menu.  Our Hearthside brunch will be available starting at 10:30.  As long as you're in the door by noon, you will be served with no rush. This week's Hearthside Brunch: Shepherd's pie … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Hearthside Brunch Sat, Jan 13, 9-12

Mexican-style pork Stew Fresh Baked Cornbread w/Grassfed Butter Cilantro-lime Slaw Mexican drinking chocolate GF & Prix Fixe 16.95   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 … Read More >