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.
How I Got My Husband to Take Care of His Body (Even Though He Just Wants to Take Care of Me)
by Shannon Hayesposted Nov 27, 2013
- If it takes being a "controlling wife" to make my husband value his own health over his love for his family, I'm going to do it.
Getting Past a Knitting Freak Out: Why I Didn't Let My Daughter Quit
by Shannon Hayesposted Nov 01, 2013
- Stepping into the realm of creativity can be scary for little ones. But reward for sticking with it is the powerful feeling of making something beautiful with your own hands.
3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)
by Shannon Hayesposted Oct 16, 2013
- Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks
by Shannon Hayesposted Sep 04, 2013
- Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.
When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 26, 2013
- I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.
Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 20, 2013
- It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.
How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 06, 2013
- I never expected to develop such a strong connection with another person’s child. But once it happened, I had to learn how to let her go.
Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 02, 2013
- Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 24, 2013
- Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.
What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 18, 2013
- Heather and I were like oil and water. We made polite conversation but couldn’t find a single thing in common. But slowly over time, a friendship has grown.
Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 05, 2013
- Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.
Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 19, 2013
- Selling food in the freezing rain is not my favorite thing. But seeing my customers come out in the bad weather reminded me of why of do this work.
How Afternoon French Lessons Turned Friends into Family
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 12, 2013
- I was afraid of being judged by a neighbor who began giving free French lessons to my kids. But the worries melted away as our friendship grew deeper.
Why Sticky Cabinets Have a Place on My Dream Farm
by Shannon Hayesposted May 29, 2013
- 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?
by Shannon Hayesposted May 14, 2013
- 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.