A discussion group and gathering area for those wishing to discuss the book, Radical Homemakers, and the topics that it covers.
Latest Activity: Jul 6, 2014
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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People have more control over their happiness than money does :) it's just convincing them of that lol
As for the article. Congrats on the coverage, Shannon--even if the writer "didn't get it." I was surprised, as Sharon Astyk noted in her commentary, that an editor let the coinage of the nonsensical "femivore" appear in the story. I wish the story had been more about radical homemakers instead of about Orenstein's reaction and her friends (who really didn't get more than a mention, anyway). Let's keep our fingers crossed for some more depth to future coverage.
My friend Sarah wrote that story for Daily Finance! I'm sure she'll be pleased to know you've read it. We've started a discussion group here in Portland--lots of us living or aspiring to live the radical homemaking life here.
I would be a little surprised if looking back from the future, this book isn't considered influential, if not a kind of turning point. And I do NOT say something like that lightly! So many books just reiterate all the same stuff. There is so much in here that needed to be said, but I haven't heard any other peeps about.
Hopefully I'll have time for more actual discussion later, but let me just say, this book is really fantastic. I love a great book more than almost anything.
But number of folks participating in these events seems to be growing all the time. When I first started writing, I think a lot more people thought I'd gone a little batty...but now RH is out, there seems to be a lot more receptivity to the idea.
"Radical Homemakers draw on historical traditions to craft a more ecologically viable existence, but their life's work is to create a new, pleasurable, sustainable and socially just society, different than any we have known in the last 5,000 years. While they learn from history, they do not seek to recreate it in all forms."
So often I get blowback from people, especially the 'technotopiaists,' that simple living/homesteading/homemaking is a deeply undesirable response to climate change, peak oil and economic instability because it's regressive and atavistic and somehow has to mean that we will all be srabbling in the dirt for potatoes and freezing in the dark. My frustration with this narrow vision gets in the way of my being able to articulate why that is so not the case.
Looking forward to reading and learning more so the next time this comes up in conversation I'll be ready with a coherent and well thought out response!
It's going to be very hard to tear myself away today to hang my laundry on the line, start some flats of seeds and harvest the nettles, dandelion and garlic mustard that's up!