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Shannon Hayes

The author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, Shannon lives and works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York.

Why Sticky Cabinets Have a Place on My Dream Farm
by Shannon Hayes
When we visualize the lives we desire, we often leave out the difficulties and frustrations. But they’re inevitable, and in the end they make the rewards of life more satisfying.
The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits? The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon Hayes
There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.
What If Your Kids Want to Get Political? What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?
by Shannon Hayes
Using young children as political props is problematic, to say the least. But when they do form their own opinion, it’s important to let them express it.
What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over
by Shannon Hayes
Children’s future happiness is not tied to how well they behave or whether they will be able to hold a job. It is tied to their ability to create with their minds and their hands.
Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself
by Shannon Hayes
We know about the ecological problems that follow when farmers are asked to “feed the world.” What would happen if they just tried to feed their neighbors instead?
Radical Investing: 4 Ways to Live on a Tight Budget Radical Investing: 4 Ways to Live on a Tight Budget
by Shannon Hayes
"We have a lovely home, we eat well, we have lots of fun, we’re warm, and we don’t worry about how we’ll keep the lights on." Shannon Hayes on how she has managed to live a fulfilled and happy life without going broke.
4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm across Generations 4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm across Generations
by Shannon Hayes
Breaking our families into nuclear units has an ecological and emotional cost. Could the multigenerational farm remind us where to turn for a viable future?
Food or Ethanol? Why Farmers Shouldn’t Give in to Monocrops Food or Ethanol? Why Farmers Shouldn’t Give in to Monocrops
by Shannon Hayes
It’s a good time to be in farming if you like to grow corn. It’s a tough time if you see yourself as a steward of the land. Shannon Hayes on why growers pressured by corn-heavy markets should hold out for crops that nourish the Earth.
Married with Children? It’s Not the End of Individuality Married with Children? It’s Not the End of Individuality
by Shannon Hayes
Sometimes Shannon Hayes finds herself missing the days before she was a mother. But the circle of familial give-and-take love makes the trade-off worth it.
The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayes
All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.
The Endangered Repairman The Endangered Repairman
by Shannon Hayes
Getting your stuff fixed instead of throwing it away is good for the environment as well as for your bank balance. So why is this craft dying out in America?
What Bullies Can Teach Our Kids—And Us What Bullies Can Teach Our Kids—And Us
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes on having a child face a bully and come away stronger and more self-aware.
Radical Homemaking ... With Houseguests? Radical Homemaking ... With Houseguests?
by Shannon Hayes
Our home is an ecosystem: No matter how perfect we’d like to make it, as long as we live and create there it will never be sterile, still, and clean.
The Downsides of Upselling: 4 Tips from the Farm The Downsides of Upselling: 4 Tips from the Farm
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes on keeping a human face on her capitalist ventures and learning to say “enough” when the market calls.
What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches
by Shannon Hayes
The appearance of “bloodsucking parasites” in one farm family’s pond got them thinking: How could we be so comfortable with our natural world, yet paranoid about harmless—and helpful—creatures in it?
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