Welcome to Attainable Sustainable!

image of Kris BordessaIf you’re looking for help getting dinner on the table, growing some of your own food now matter where you live, delving into home food preservation, or adding a small animal (or ten!) to your small homestead, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve been producing this site since 2011, encouraging people to plant a garden, make food at home, and embrace some of the traditional skills grandma knew. My book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living, was released in 2020 and has been dubbed the Best How-To Book of 2020 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I’ve taken a tighter focus on gardening with a much-requested video course, The 5-Gallon Garden, in which I show new gardeners how to grow food in the space they have.

My goal is to help you

Gardening (and preserving that bounty), cooking, and raising animals have always been a part of my life, but those skills are not commonplace these days. While I do have a “country” background—raising sheep in 4-H, gardening from a young age, working on the family apple farm—the idea of growing organically or making ecologically sound choices is something that I came to gradually.

I had a lot of unlearning to do after growing up in a conventional farm family!

My move toward a more self-reliant lifestyle was a natural progression, but not an easy one. We’re up against a lot of hard habits to break, us humans, aren’t we?

If you’re just beginning your journey to whole food living, whether that’s cooking or raising your own food, I want to make it easier for you!