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.

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Walden Labs

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...

Resilient Communities

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...

Off the Grid News

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,...

Walden Labs

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...

Off the Grid News

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...

Jewish Roots Research

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...

OneGreatFamily Newsletter

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...

Off the Grid News

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...

Resilient Comunities

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...

Walden Labs

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...

Resilient Communities

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...

Off the Grid News

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...

OneGreatFamily Newsletter

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...

Ebook for Client

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...

Off the Grid News

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...

Off the Grid News

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,...