Leader, UC Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative
Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith serves as leader for the University of California’s strategic initiative in sustainable food systems. A food systems educator, U.S. historian, and writer for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources division, she promotes the modern victory garden movement.
Hayden-Smith has served as a 4-H Youth Development Advisor and Master Gardener Coordinator with the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ventura County since 1992, developing educational programs about agriculture and gardening for youth, educators and community audiences. Her work focuses on facilitating school, home and community gardening efforts, garden-based learning in both formal and non-formal educational settings, food systems education and volunteer development. Her work as a historian focuses on gardening, horticulture and agriculture, especially during the Progressive Era and WWI, government and educational policies relating to that topic, the American homefront during wartime and digital history. She is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of Victory Gardens and the school gardening movement in America.
- What’s for Lunch?: A Review of School Food and Garden-Based Education in the United States using Portland Public Schools as a model for change, Ecotrust, 2008.
- Soldiers of the Soil: A Historical Review of the United States School Garden Army, UC Monograph, Winter, 2006.
- Advice to New Agriculture Secretary Vilsack: Channel Another Son of Iowa, Huffington Post, December, 2008.
- Montana Food Efforts a Good Model for Hard Times, Huffington Post, January, 2009.
- Lincolnesque Vision Needed for USDA People's Gardens, Huffington Post, March, 2009.