“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!