Kris Bordessa

Taking Care of Business

If you haven't already heard, Google has announced that they're retiring Google Reader on July 1, 2013. But don't panic! There are other rss feed options - a lot of people are switching to Feedly - or you can get posts via email. To do that, simply put your email address in the form at […] Read More

Have you tried making your oatmeal in a jar? This hack will help you use up the last bits of jelly in a jar, too.

Hacking the World’s Easiest Breakfast to be even BETTER

By far, the most viewed post here at Attainable Sustainable has been the oatmeal in a jar method that appeared on Lifehacker. It's fast, it's warm, it's tasty. (Seriously, have you tried it?) Next time you near the end of a jar of your favorite homemade jelly, instead of clanging around the inside to get […] Read More

Chloramine kills bacteria, but it's not great for gardens.

Considering Water in the Garden

For years, municipalities have been adding chlorine to water supplies to make it safe for drinking. At a recent community event I learned that our municipal water provider has switched over to something called chloramine, and other municipalities are embracing chloramine as well. The difference is this: the chlorine in water will dissipate if you leave a container of water uncovered for a few hours. Chloramine cannot be removed from water by boiling, distilling, or by standing uncovered.

Are you still eating GMO corn?

Genetic Modification – A Concern for All of Us

Take ten minutes to learn about genetic modification, the claims made by developers, and the potential hazards.

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Transforming a Community with Gardens

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money."

On my Honor

  One of the quirky, fun things about Hawai‘i is its abundance of roadside produce stands. These stands offer a variety of  fruits in season, like mango, liliko‘i (passion fruit), papaya, avocado, and more. Just about all of the island roadside stands have one thing in common: the honor system. Customers are invited to take the fruit […] Read More

Purslane is a great plant to keep around for chicken fodder.

Perfectly Purslane

I have to admit I felt a little silly transplanting a purslane plant from my neighbors yard into my own. You see, until recently, I had no idea that this "weed" was edible. Here's how it looked: In early spring I'd prepare my garden beds, plant seeds of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and bok choy, wait […] Read More


February in the (Hawaii) Garden

Experimenting with wintertime gardening, I planted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green onions, and beets a couple of months ago. You can see the brassicas (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower) in the upper left corner of the photo near the pile of compost. They're pretty happy; I need to thin them out. In the foreground are […] Read More

Making your own mayonnaise? Totally doable.

Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

  I've been avoiding famous mayonnaise brands because they're typically made from canola or soy oil, both products made from crops that are commonly genetically modified. I spent a small fortune on a "certified non-gmo" canola mayonnaise a couple of months ago, only to find it was terrible a really good replication of Miracle Whip. […] Read More

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A Fun Family Game From Recycled Gift Wrap? You Betcha!

Salvage wrapping paper and packaging bits to create a "gift ball" game that just might become a treasured family tradition.