Rose Hayden-Smith | Civil Eats


Rose Hayden-Smith serves as strategic initiative leader in Sustainable Food Systems for the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources division.  She also serves as a 4-H youth, family and community development advisor for UC’s Cooperative Extension office in Ventura County. Her work focuses on providing gardening and food-systems education to youth, educators and community audiences. Hayden-Smith uses historical examples to influence current public policies relating to food systems and nutrition. She holds Master’s degrees in education and U.S. history, and a Ph.D. in U.S. history and public historical studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A practicing U.S. historian, she is a nationally recognized expert on Victory Gardens, wartime food policies, and school garden programs. A Kellogg Foundation/Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Society Policy Fellow (FASP), she is the creator of UC’s Victory Grower website and blog.

Dear California: Keep Your Fairgrounds!

There is No Box: Big Ideas About Urban Agriculture and Local Food Systems

Our Life in Gardens: Plant Love

Stuffed: A Food Industry Insider Speaks Out

A Look at How We Eat Now: America Eats! by Pat Willard

Advice to New Ag Secretary: Channel Another Son of Iowa

Victory Garden Revival Needs a Presidential “Ask”

Montana Food Efforts a Great Model for Hard Times

Victory Gardens as Purpose