Community Supported Agriculture and Florida Homesteading

IMG_20150208_161752I have been meaning to start a blog for a long time. I love to write but it’s been difficult to find the time. Now, I am not sure if anyone will read it but I do know that God is calling us to share our struggles and triumphs at homesteading and stories of our faith and how it drives us to be less reliant on society and more dependent on ourselves and God.

 Our renewed focus on the homestead is to provide an organic “farm to table” experience to others through farmers markets and our CSA. We are just kicking this off and have been so blessed to have friends that are willing to support and even help us with some projects at the farm. We are still committed to our online retail store and feel very confident that our line of heirloom seeds and other homesteading products will benefit tremendously through research and development on the farm.

 Since Cheri and I still work off the farm one of our biggest struggles is not having enough time. We are so involved in kids activities and ministry organizations that we must manage our time extremely well. I am blessed to be able to work from home so I get back the time that I would spend commuting. Our blog will try to chronicle our struggle with time management, our failures and victories. It’s quite the paradox, we feel lead to the homestead to simplify our lives yet we still feel tied to technology and time. We are getting better at this and hopefully our experiences we share can help you as well.

Our situation is not unique to the homestead blogging world, however, one thing that makes us a bit unique is our location. Though it’s not the most inhospitable location on the planet it’s possibly a close second. Our homestead is in the back-country swamps and forests of Florida. Almost every day is an adventure with such extremes from monsoons to wildfires and all the things that come with them or walking up on rattlesnakes or dealing with bobcats, gators, bears and mosquitoes the size of birds. We are in a place where we must practice self reliance as a matter of virtue.

So our blog will come from the “Florida Homesteading” point of view and focus on the other issues we all face in working to live a simple, cleaner life through Christ in a world that tries to force us to do just the opposite. My wife Cheri, and children Delaney and Jacob look forward to getting to know you all and we pray that we will be able to provide each of you with something that gets you down the country road. Till next time…God bless!

John Egger

Self Reliance Strategies / Egger Farm

 

Self Reliance Strategies offers Seasonal Garden Seed Kits that are carefully selected to thrive in each particular season. We also offer Survival Garden Seed Kits and Specialty Garden Seed Kits which are designed for specific situations (harsh climate, survival stockpiling, hydroponic gardening, etc.). Our seed kits are:

  • 100% Heirloom (non-hybrid)
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • Hermetically sealed to last up to 30 years, if stored properly

Announcing the Matthew 13 Project from Self Reliance Strategies

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“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Matthew 13:3-9

The parable of the Sower is the scripture and vision from which Self Reliance Strategies was born. The mission of the Matthew 13 Project is to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ while teaching food independence through sustainable gardening. We will serve your Community, Organization, Ministry or Church by donating our Heirloom, non-GMO, non-Hybrid seeds and by teaching organic and sustainable gardening principles. 

Part of being food independent is not having to rely on supermarkets for your food source. In today’s fragile economic climate and seemingly increasing natural and man-made disasters we must be prepared to provide our own food when we cannot obtain it from our local supermarkets. When growing non-hybrid, Heirloom vegetables the seeds can be saved and reused next season giving us food sustainability.  The rising costs of food is making it tougher for charities to provide for those of us who are less fortunate. A community garden can be a great supplement to a food drive or pantry by providing fresh, healthy vegetables at a fraction of the supermarket prices.

Another aspect of food independence is taking control of the health of the foods we eat. In the United States, over 70% of the food in our supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. Corn, soy, alfalfa and sugar beets have all been approved by the FDA for use primarily in processed foods and animal feed. The FDA recently approved GM sweet corn so now most of the corn you’ll see in the produce section will be GMO. There are many studies that increasingly indicate a link between GMO foods and Autism. Visit  for more information on this.

Paul wrote about freedom in Galatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. True preparedness will depend on giving and serving others and this is manifested in us through the Holy Spirit. Christians are called by the Lord to be the salt and light of the earth.

We would love to hear how we can serve you. Please call us at 321-348-4113 or contact us through our Contact Form. God Bless!

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