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

Bring the Rain: Water Sustainability Using Rain Barrels

5ac600d1-f275-4371-8a4a-7aa9cd47f237Water is probably the most important aspect of successful self reliance. A homestead cannot be sustained without a clean, reliable water source. In emergency situations it’s the most important aspect to consider with experts stating that at a minimum to plan for at least 1 gallon per family member per day. Our goal in the Water Blog Posts is to present possible sources for water if your normal supply was no longer available due to some sort of interruption. We advocate the use of Rain Barrels for collection, and will cover other other storage and filtration strategies and also offer other water preparedness ideas for your Suburban Homestead.

Most suburban homes rely on “city water” as the main source for potable water so a successful Suburban Homestead must be able to provide its own sustainable water source if the faucet isn’t flowing. During a major emergency with a prolonged grid-down situation, the water may flow but it will not be drinkable if the treatment plants are not running. Three sustainable sources for your homestead to consider are well, lakes/streams/rivers, or rain water. In this post we will focus mostly on ideas and applications that we have tested and been using for several years on our own Suburban Homestead.

The main uses for water on a suburban homestead are for drinking/cooking, hygiene, and irrigation for crops. Since most city or county ordinances prevent suburban homes from using any source other than the city for potable water it is unrealistic to be completely self-reliant in everyday living when it comes to turning on your faucet to get water. We can however work to provide the peace of mind of knowing that if the water turns off to your home, you have the ability to sustain your family yourself with your own water source using a Rain Barrel. Plus your garden will grow so much better using rain water instead of the mostly chlorinated city water.


Self Reliance Strategies offers Berkey Water Filters and other Rain Barrel/Sustainability products.  Please visit our store for more information on our products.

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