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

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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.

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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

Lunch with an elephant

The weather today is gorgeous.  The blue of our northern Catskill sky is rivaling some of the most glorious ones I’ve seen in the Mediterranean. Ula and I have been walking up and down the streets of Oneonta, her chosen destination for our day out, while she reviews menus and seating options, … Read More >

A Short Treatise on the Artisan Sausage

We’re pretty link-happy at Sap Bush Hollow Farm.  We produce a wide variety of sausage, from Bratwurst to breakfast, from andouille to apple, from Sicily to Tuscany, because, well, they’re just so darned tasty off the grill.  We’ve spent a lot of hours blending, linking and cooking these wonders … Read More >

The Suffering Farmer

Kate arrived in our lives like the deus ex machina from an ancient Greek play.  Chaos was at the height of her fury at Sap Bush Hollow:  Dad was limping through the fields, moaning from his easy chair as he fell into it each night. Mom couldn’t decide whether she despaired the endless to-do lists or … Read More >

Red Neck Paella

  Serves 4 2 cups uncooked white rice 3 cups bone broth 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 pinch alder-smoked hot paprika* 1 teaspoon salt 2 pounds Cajun andouille sausage 6 tablespoons grassfed butter (or whatever amount you consider appropriately excessive) Combine the rice, … Read More >