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Radical Homemakers

A discussion group and gathering area for those wishing to discuss the book, Radical Homemakers, and the topics that it covers.

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Radical Homemakers - Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes

Join us! We have invited Shannon to participate in an ongoing book discussion here and she is encouraging Radical Homemakers who come to her looking for dialogue, community and some fun to participate as well. We look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts!

Purchase directly from the author here

Shannon Hayes’ book reinforces so many of the reasons that HOMEGROWN.org was created and has received such a positive response. Shannon's masterfully-crafted language solidifies the sentiments that drive us. Put to words the feelings that we who are passionate about living closer to the earth feel: We reject the consumerist-driven waste of energy and squandered creativity that we see every day. We are joyful for our involvement in activities that bring us closer to the soil, to our food, and to the “culture” in agriculture. In her introduction of the book she writes:
As I looked more closely at the role homemaking could play in revitalizing our local food system, I saw that the position was a linchpin for more than just making use of garden produce and chicken carcasses. Individuals who had taken this path in life were building a great bridge from our existing extractive economy – where corporate wealth was regarded as the foundation of economic health, where mining our earth’s resources and exploiting our international neighbors was accepted as simply the cost of doing business – to a life-serving economy, where the goal is, in the words of David Korten, to generate a living for all, rather that a killing for a few, where our resources are sustained, our waters are kept clean, our air pure, and families can lead meaningful and joyful lives.
Shannon continues by pointing to the industrial revolution as a catalyst for the elimination of a “producer culture”, the demotion of the farmer from skilled citizen to industrial worker, and the deprecation of the “homemaker” to a position of servant. The second half of the book is the most inspiring and instructional. In it she provides insightful and impassioned stories from true life, modern day Radical Homemakers like Carrie and Chad Lockwell who live frugally and joyously in the rural Northeast; like Amanda Shaw and Carol Rydell who grow food and community together in their Chicago suburb, and like our friends Kelly Coyne and Erik Knudsen of HomegrownEvolution, who introduced us to Shannon in the first place (thanks guys, we’re forever grateful).

If you have an interest in delving deeper into the motivations for Radical Homemaking, and are also looking for practical tips for installing some of these philosophies into daily practice, invest in this book. A synopsis of the book – originally published at Yes! Magazine – can be found here.

HOMEGROWN Discussions

Meet the Radical Homemakers 2 Replies

Chime in with your questions and comments here!Continue

Tags: Modern, Homestead, Books, Hayes, Homemakers

Started by Cornelia. Last reply by Andrew Odom Nov 23, 2010.

Do you have a community story for us?

Hi all, I am new to the group. Exciting! I am an aspiring radical homemaker surrounded by lots of other city aspirants. My friend and colleague Spiri Tsintziras and I are writing a book called The…Continue

Started by Myfanwy Jones Aug 26, 2010.

Life in Transition 4 Replies

My husband and I have lived in Albany, NY for about 7 years now.  We've become immersed in our locavore movement, inspired by working at the Honest Weight Co-op and making friends who are wonderful…Continue

Tags: rebuilding, to, bakery, supported, blues

Started by Britin Foster, All Good Bakers. Last reply by Britin Foster, All Good Bakers Aug 17, 2010.

Even Better Homes and Gardens (Blogs by and for) 4 Replies

Hey there fellow RHs,When I got married, my MIL bought me a lifetime subscription to Better Homes and Gardens. For anyone who knows me, this sounds preposterous. I am not a consumer culture kind of…Continue

Tags: homemaking, housewifery, community, blogs

Started by Calamity Jane. Last reply by Rachel Hoff Mar 17, 2010.

Shannon Hayes blog on Yes! Magazine

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Comment by Carole on May 5, 2010 at 2:32pm
I'll throw my vote behind the "turning point" idea, and would credit Shannon for accelerating, if not defining, the moment. Not coming from any kind of tradition even close to this, I've been stuck in the idea phase for years. Though I love them, there was something about Walden, and the Wendell Berry and the Voluntary Simplicity that was "other," whether in terms of time or place, or my own confidence or sense of authenticity. How useful it's been to see people of action, to see their issues, negotiations, conclusions. Even Shannon herself, through writing this book -- knowing that stepping off course isn't a repudiation of what's come before (like advanced degrees), but a chance to make much, much better use of what you've accumulated so far. Four weeks after reading it I had the courage to submit the resignation that I've contemplated for nearly two years.

But the reluctant spouse! Time to study those who influence with finesse and subtlety.

Thanks, Shannon!
Comment by Cornelia on April 27, 2010 at 10:44am
The classic Easy Rider :)
Comment by Shannon Hayes on April 27, 2010 at 10:42am
Okay, Cornelia - My media illiteracy is going to shine through...what was that from???
Comment by Cornelia on April 27, 2010 at 10:35am
Comment by Jessi Smith on April 25, 2010 at 11:57am
My copy of the book comes in the mail tomorrow! I'm so excited to read this book. I've been concerned about the environment for years and have more recently been interested in leading a more simple life and putting my family first. From the reviews and comments I've read about the book, Shannon and I seem to be on the same train of thought.
Comment by Lizz on April 24, 2010 at 7:30am
Wow! did you read the comments on that story? Guess folks aren't very happy about co-housing.
Comment by Cornelia on April 23, 2010 at 1:22pm
The Boston Globe "Feeling At Home Again Under The Same Roof"
This article touches on an aspect of Radical Homemaking that I've been thinking about - this is about co-habitation with an extended family, but there seems to be an aspect of community / co-housing potential for folks looking to live differently. Anyone have any experience with larger, cross-generational, cross-cultural households?
Comment by Chris on April 23, 2010 at 11:07am
You had a great interview in The Oregonian, though! http://www.oregonlive.com/foodday/index.ssf/2010/04/radical_homemak...
Comment by Wendy Matheson on April 23, 2010 at 10:19am
Shannon...that's terrible...the small-mindedness of some people amazes me! Their loss...
Comment by Shannon Hayes on April 23, 2010 at 9:59am
Dear Station 104.7 Atlanta; Sorry you cancelled our interview for Monday, b/c you worry RH won't be "well received" by certain members of your Christian audience. For my own edification, please let me know which part of the RH message is most offensive: family, community, social justice, or the environment? Christian Radical Homemakers would like to learn where the conflict lies. Thank you, Shannon Hayes

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