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.

My Antidote to Overwhelm

Shannon Hayes: People ask me, “How do you do it all?” The answer is, I don’t … and there’s a good reason for that.

My Kids Eat Snails

Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes: When standardized curricula fall short, food can teach the values I want my kids to learn.

Sharing the Harvest

What to do when your apple trees don't produce? Start ringing doorbells, says radical homemaker Shannon Hayes.

Movies, My Kids, and Me

Shannon Hayes used movies to give her daughters—and herself—an occasional break. Then they began to take over.

On Facing Judgment

Live radically, and you’ll inevitably face the judgment of others. For Shannon Hayes, loving unconditionally is the antidote.

Leaving It Up To Them

Even in radical homes, children don't always follow their parents' path. How some families are dealing with their children's choices.

Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps

When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn’t realize just how revolutionary they were.

Radical Homemaking for the Real World

Home is built where we are, not around an idealized community of like-minded people. Shannon Hayes on why she wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Work Ahead

Growing renewed relationships with our food, homes, and communities requires hard work. It’s time we embrace dirty hands.

The Case for Sustainable Meat

Can meat have a place in the life of a “radical homemaker” trying to live sustainably? Farmer Shannon Hayes believes it can.

The Kid Question

How one woman decided whether reproduction had a place in her quest for a sustainable life.

The Birthday Balloon

Do children need a pile of wrapped toys in order to know that their family and friends are delighted and honored that they share this lifetime with us? Somewhere in our consumer culture, we have confused material items with expressions of love.

Can Money Buy Education?

Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes taught her daughter that their family doesn't buy things they can make or grow at home. She then had to wonder: Does that include higher education?