When it comes to ecological living, there’s always someone who’s doing it better. So what?
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.
Shannon Hayes: When we shelter ourselves from the realities of death, what else might we be sacrificing?
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.
Shannon Hayes reflects on Valentine’s Day.
What I learned about community when I finally welcomed newcomers into mine.
Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes: When standardized curricula fall short, food can teach the values I want my kids to learn.
What to do when your apple trees don't produce? Start ringing doorbells, says radical homemaker Shannon Hayes.
Shannon Hayes used movies to give her daughters—and herself—an occasional break. Then they began to take over.
Live radically, and you’ll inevitably face the judgment of others. For Shannon Hayes, loving unconditionally is the antidote.
Even in radical homes, children don't always follow their parents' path. How some families are dealing with their children's choices.
When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn’t realize just how revolutionary they were.
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.
Growing renewed relationships with our food, homes, and communities requires hard work. It’s time we embrace dirty hands.
Can meat have a place in the life of a “radical homemaker” trying to live sustainably? Farmer Shannon Hayes believes it can.
How one woman decided whether reproduction had a place in her quest for a sustainable life.
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.
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?