Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural grassfed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a BA in creative writing from Binghamton University, and a Masters and PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development from Cornell.
Shannon is the author of four books: The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill, Radical Homemakers and Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously. All are published by Left to Write Press, a company that Shannon and her husband Bob started as a way to enable them to live in Schoharie County without having to sell-out to corporate media.
Shannon’s essays and articles have appeared in myriad regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Review, and Northeast Public Radio. Hayes’ quirky lifestyle, her attempts to live a life of personal accountability and sustainability, and her current research and writings about homemaking as an ecological movement have landed her and her family on the pages of the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine, Lancaster Farming, Small Farm Quarterly, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Grit, Yes! Magazine, Elle Magazine, the national newspapers of Germany, Turkey and Canada, Arab News and the Pakistan Observer.
Shannon has two books due out in 2014: Homespun Mom Comes Unraveled: Adventures from the Radical Homemaking Frontier; and Free Range Farm Girl Cooks Grassfed Beef. She is presently taking some time off from active blogging in order to write her first novel, Angels and Stones. Her hope is to return to the blogosphere sometime in June 2014. For the time being, her other book project, tentatively titled Radical Pleasure: Unleashing Faith, Hope, Healing and Resiliance in Hard Times, is on hold until the novel is finished.