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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 Menu Sat, Sept 30 9-1

Only two weeks to go before we close for our vacation!  I know this is a personal favorite for some of you (Ron!  Jeanne!  Are you paying attention???), so before we take a few weeks off to work at renovating the upstairs apartment into a vacation rental, I figured I'd better prepare some of your … Read More >

Subsistence Empire

The floor of the car is littered with paint chips.  Bob and I have been choosing colors for our newest Sap Bush Hollow enterprise:  the vacation rental, to be located in the apartment over the post office, next to the cafe. We bought the post office building in our hamlet two years ago partly to … Read More >

Onion Soup

Remember that braised lamb shank recipe I shared last week?  If you've got some of it left in the fridge, here's the perfect way to use the leftovers.  If you don't feel like you have enough leftover onions to make this, slice up what you need in the morning, then line your slow cooker with olive … Read More >

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 >