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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

A long winters’ rest

Thanks for all your support this year.  As many of you know, now is the time when this blog goes to sleep.  Our family lives more privately during the winter months, and I am, once again, working on my novel. If you really miss all of us at Sap Bush Hollow Farm, come see us Saturday mornings at … Read More >

Shut up and eat.

I have five non-biological siblings: men and women with whom I’ve spent the most formative years of my life building trust, defending each other, looking out for each other, coming to each others’ sides in times of need.  I have only one biological sibling. He and I can draw blood over cranberry … Read More >

Documentary filmmaker looking for Radical Homemaker stories

Do you have a story you’d be willing to share about your journey to become a radical homemaker?    Do you want to be a radical homemaker but don’t know how to extract yourself from your job, medical insurance or way of life?   Was it hard to learn what you needed to know to become a radical … Read More >

A letter to my daughter

For over a decade, this has been a purple blog:  a mix of red readers and blue readers.  Inevitably I periodically anger half of you with my political views.  That's okay.  Because like my family and community, you continue to be part of my life.  Today's post, an open letter to my 13 year old … Read More >