Kimberly Sears

Author, Freelance Writer, Historian

I'm an aspiring author with a children's book and a young adult historical fiction novel in the works. I'm also a freelance article writer.

I love to write about travel, food, the outdoors, DIY home projects, sustainability and self-reliant lifestyles, and most of all history.
I'm passionate about family history and genealogy, Jewish and Biblical history, and the history of Spain and Latin America.

Below you'll find a small sample of my published articles. Contact me if you'd like to collaborate on a writing project.

Portfolio

Eliot Coleman and the Four-Season Farming Revolution
What if you could grow fresh vegetables year-round without heaters or grow lights? What if your rainbow of crops included everything from kale to radishes to spinach? What if...
Tiny Fish, Big Controversy: The California Delta Smelt
Feeding a family isn’t as easy as it used to be. In only one year, from 2013 to 2014, grocery prices rose 2.7%.1 In the last few years we’ve seen huge price increases in fresh...
Helping Your Bees Survive Even The Harshest Winter
From the top floor of my city's downtown library, through the thick-paned glass windows, I can see the high-rise office buildings and apartments of the surrounding cityscape,...
How to Build Cold Frames and Hoop Houses for Your Winter Garden
Husband-and-wife team Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch are gardening experts known the world over for growing fresh produce all winter long in the harsh climate of rural...
Resilient Living in Argentina
As the 20 th century dawned, Argentina was among the 10 richest nations in the world and rivaled the United States as the great land of opportunity. So many immigrants were...
A Brief History of Jews in the Netherlands
The first Jews in the Netherlands began coming to the Amsterdam in the late 1500s; they were Portuguese merchants who were conversos, Jews who had been forcibly converted to...
Attending Genealogical Conferences and Events
If you've never attended a genealogical conference or event before, you may feel intimidated by the prospect. After all, aren't genealogical conferences for professionals, or...
Survival Cooking With a Dutch Oven
Quick: you've got your emergency foods stored in the pantry, but how are you going to cook them? Think fast, because without an off-the-grid cooking method you could be stuck...
Use Growing Lights for Indoor Farming
Resilient-minded individuals grow food anywhere they can: in backyards, on decks and patios, or even on apartment balconies. But many of us overlook the option of growing food...
Why You Should Start Raising Backyard Chickens Now
In October of 2013, 388 people in 23 states were infected with antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella bacteria from contaminated Foster Farms chicken. Last month, on July...
The Wonders of Wood Gasification
Every so often we come across a simple but ingenious technological innovation that has the potential to help maintain a 21st century standard of living even should economic...
Tasteless, Odorless, and Deadly: Avoiding Botulism in Your Home-Canned Foods
Do you love the idea of canning veggies from your garden but refrain from doing so for fear of botulism? Does your home canning consist of only basic jams and jellies because...
Smith, Johnson, and Jones: Researching Very Common Surnames
If you have a rare and unusual surname, searching census records, vital records, and online databases is fairly easy. You’ll be able to easily trace your family lines free from...
Organizing & Decluttering
Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed by all the housework you do every day? Are you constantly hunting for lost shoes and lost papers, or arriving late to things because your...
Save Heirloom Foods
Italy's first McDonald's was about to open in Rome, and journalist and gastronomist Carlo Petrini was not going to stand idly by. Petrini assembled his friends and community to...
Avoid BPA in Your Food Storage: A Closer Look at Canned Goods
What chemical do we ingest in nearly every meal we eat, linked to hormone disruption, brain and behavior problems, cancer and heart problems? The answer is BPA or Bisphenol A,...

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