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

Thanks Giving

As my daughter grows, I can shelter her less and less from the pains of the world.  But maybe by unleashing her sorrow, one more heart will be free to look for peace. “Can’t you take steps any bigger than that?”  Saoirse asks as we make our way down the hill on the dogs’ morning walk.  She’s … Read More >

Grain-Free Cranberry Walnut Sausage Stuffing

For years I've printed this recipe for folks to pair with their holiday turkey, and I've included bread in the ingredients.  However, since we don't actually eat grains in our house, I thought that this year I'd share the actual version that we use.  Have a great Thanksgiving!   Serves … Read More >

I am not sorry.

For Halloween this year, Saoirse dressed as a flapper. Ula dressed up as a vampiress from Venice. I went as Frantic Mother. I’ve worn that costume for over a decade now. But this was the first year I actually realized I was clothed in it. It was early October when I finally started to figure it … Read More >

Making Neighbors

Is it possible to stay neighborly if they’re detonating explosives next door? Don’t move to Upstate New York if you can’t abide the sound of gunfire.  This time of year, it reverberates across every ridge top and echoes down every valley.  It blasts out from the next field over, and the next … Read More >