Homesteading By The Guinea Fowl Principle With Guests Sean and Rachel Reeves

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, I chat with Homesteaders Sean and Rachel Reeves who made a huge move from the city life of southern California to the country life of northern Virginia.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 138 – April 25, 2020 – The Guinea Fowl Principle With Guests Sean and Rachel Reeves.

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The Inspiring Journey of Sean and Rachel Reeves into Homesteading

Welcome to another episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast. Today, we have an exciting and inspiring story to share. We’re joined by Sean and Rachel Reeves, a couple who made a significant leap into homesteading in Virginia. Their journey is not just about farming and gardening; it’s about a lifestyle change, embracing new challenges, and learning the ropes of self-sufficiency.

The Big Move

From California to Virginia

Sean and Rachel moved from Long Beach, California, to Northern Virginia, a transition that brought them closer to nature and a different way of life. Neither had any previous experience in farming or homesteading, but the desire for a change was strong. They were drawn to the idea of more space, a different lifestyle, and new experiences for their three homeschooled daughters.

The Transition and Challenges

The move was quick but not without its challenges. The couple faced the realities of rural living, from dealing with Virginia’s clay soil in their garden to learning about the care and management of various farm animals. They started with chickens, guinea fowl, and eventually expanded to sheep and ducks, learning valuable lessons along the way.

The Homestead Life

Learning and Growing

Sean and Rachel’s approach to homesteading has been cautious yet adventurous. They emphasize the importance of not rushing into things without proper knowledge or preparation, a lesson they termed “the guinea fowl principle”. They gradually expanded their homesteading activities, adding a garden with raised beds and planning for future projects like fruit trees and an orchard.

The Impact on Family

The couple speaks positively about the impact of homesteading on their family. Their daughters have adapted well, embracing the outdoor work and responsibilities that come with farm life. This experience has provided them with unique learning opportunities, aligning with Sean and Rachel’s homeschooling goals.

The Future and Inspirations

Sean and Rachel are planning to continue expanding their homestead. They’re interested in exploring meat chickens, using Joel Salatin’s methods, and are considering adding pigs to their farm. Gardening remains a significant part of their homestead, with plans to grow staple crops and preserve food through canning and other methods.


Sean and Rachel’s story is a testament to the fact that anyone can embark on a homesteading journey, regardless of their background. Their experience illustrates the challenges, learning curves, and immense rewards of adopting a self-sufficient lifestyle. It’s a source of inspiration for anyone considering a similar path, showing that with determination and a willingness to learn, it’s possible to create a fulfilling homestead life.

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