Kris Bordessa

Our guest for this episode is Kris Bordessa, a long-time gardener, certified Master Food Preserver, and award-winning book author. Kris lives in Hawaii, and is learning to grow food in a climate that’s vastly different from where she grew up. She loves helping people learn that they can provide for themselves, from producing food to cooking at home. Kris's most recent book is Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic). She’s the founder of the site by the same name, Attainable Sustainable (, where she writes about food from the ground up, covering gardening, recipes, food preservation, and green(er) living. 

In this conversation, we talk about the food supply in Hawaii, growing food in small spaces and food preservation, regional foods (the strawberry guava, for example) and the benefits of a front yard garden. We even get a sneak peek at Kris's next book on how to make your own staples. Be the first to hear about it here!

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Topics discussed:

  • A cautionary tale about garden grafting from The New Yorker, May 1965 
  • The food supply situation in Hawaii
  • Kris's book, Attainable Sustainable
  • Nemo the pig
  • Growing food in small spaces
  • Single harvest vs. cut-and-come-again crops
  • Growing and preserving food in Hawaii
  • Strawberry Guava
  • Fermenting as a preservation technique
  • The front yard garden
  • Kris's course on container gardening
  • What does sustainability mean to Kris?
  • Creating staples from scratch 

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