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

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.

What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?

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

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.

Radical Investing: 4 Ways to Live on a Tight Budget

"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.

Food or Ethanol? Why Farmers Shouldn’t Give in to Monocrops

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.

The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost

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

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?

Radical Homemaking ... With Houseguests?

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.

What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches

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?