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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 Sept 23, 9-1

Fall is HERE!!!  Time to celebrate: Herb-roasted Sap Bush pastured pork  with rich bone broth gravy Barbers' butternut squash Barbers' cabbage braised with Bohringers' Cortland apples Homemade pie All GF and Prix fixe 16.95   PS:  While our store remains open every Saturday morning, … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Welcomes Fall Knitters!

We have a wonderful selection of 100% wool worsted-weight yarns, spun for us at a family mill in Prince Edward Island.  Our sturdy yarns are not carbonized, so they are lanolin-rich and buttery in your fingers.  (You can learn more about them here.) Our cafe & farm store also has a beautiful … Read More >

Delicious Math

Our family is sitting on the edge of Mallet Pond just before sunset.  Dusky Doodles is beside the water, a look of perplexed consternation on her furry face.  The September air is clear, and we’ve found a sweet spot, where if we call out across the way, our echoes return over the water as clearly as … Read More >

Braised Shanks

In light of the discussion sparked by my image choice for last week's piece, Must we eat the children? (you should've seen my inbox...), I couldn't help but offer up a slow cooker shank recipe this week ;-).  Our family recommends lamb shanks. And no. I'm not offering up any recipes for pickled … Read More >