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


I’m writing today to celebrate the blackberries.  Bob and I have been lured into the brambles each morning on our daily walk these past two weeks, as we discover plump fistfuls hanging under the shadiest leaves.  Our one hour ramble stretches out to two hours as we fill our fists, our cheeks, our … Read More >

Grilled Butterflied Grassfed Leg of Lamb

Lots of people think of leg of lamb as a fall or winter cut.  But when butterflied, with the bone removed, leg of lamb is a fantastic cut prepared on the grill. We like it so much, we cut some of our legs into small 1-2 pound roasts so that they can even be enjoyed by just two people.  This recipe … Read More >

Peep and Pop

We're still settling in with our new technology and settling down after our latest wool run.  So this week's post comes from my files.  I wrote it several weeks ago, and thought I'd run it this week while we catch up.   I'm sitting at my desk when I hear the wails of despair from the … Read More >

Two Year Old Egg Salad

Ok, so I've been talking about this egg salad since we opened the cafe over a month ago.  Here, finally, is the recipe:   Serves 4 6 eggs, boiled, peeled and diced 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black … Read More >