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A [Virtual] Tour of Attainable Sustainable Headquarters – September

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What a fun project, to track just how much change we’re making, via video! Even when days (or weeks) pass leaving me feeling less than productive around here, comparing what we started with really proves that we’re making progress. Here’s the August Tour in the Round video, for those of you who would like to compare.

As I said in my last post:

I assure you, you are seeing an honest representation of the state of our yard, here; no special cleanup was done prior to recording. Buckets and tools scattered about is the state of things currently. My hope is that as time passes we’ll be able to see this property go from overgrown and unmaintained to a thriving, producing piece of land. And I hope that watching us strive toward this goal in our messy, non-linear fashion will inspire you to dig in and try growing some things at your place.

So, some things to note:

  • YES we cut down trees. They were a risk to the house. They were also really aggressive and interfering with the growth of two native Koa trees, so after lots of thought we had them removed. Everything that could be chipped was chipped and we’re putting those chips to good use. It’s unfortunate that someone planted these trees in such close proximity to the house.
  • The cardboard you see on the ground in the orchard? We’ll layer that much more thickly and add a heavy layer of mulch. We’re hoping that will prevent the napier grass from returning.
  • The low-chill varieties of apple we’ve planted: Anna and Dorsett. The low-chill pear: Hood.

As always, if you see anything you’re curious about, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer as best as I can.


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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

9 comments… add one
  • Teri Sep 15, 2014, 9:27 am

    Thanks for the tour! I will be interested to see how your “exotic” fruits, ie, apples and pear do. I miss them here in HI. You all have done a lot in a short time.

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 16, 2014, 12:03 pm

      Teri, funny that here they ARE exotic!

    • Hope Jun 24, 2015, 8:00 am

      Hi, what is the breadfruit tree called in Hawaii?

      • Kris Bordessa Jun 24, 2015, 5:37 pm


  • Elaine Sep 16, 2014, 11:54 am

    I really enjoyed seeing your property! Thank you for sharing your ideas and layout. My husband and I are working on the very early steps of being able to purchase a property so we can become self sustaining. I have been researching and trying to find as many others that have done this and are willing to share ideas. Loved seeing what you have done to your property. Are you planning on having other animals as well, or are chickens your limit?

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 16, 2014, 12:03 pm

      We will eventually add pigs and possibly a goat or two. Right now, though, we have too much happening to tackle that!

  • Melissa Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 am

    So wonderful to see your property and hear about all of your plans! I’m excited to see how everything progresses! Also, splitting banana trees? I had no idea! Very, very cool and yes, exotic 😉

  • [email protected] Sep 17, 2014, 1:36 pm

    How fun to see the progress you’re making. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Jane Sep 19, 2014, 6:22 am

    Love seeing the progress you’re making. I know how hard your family has been working. Lookin’ good!

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