Dr. Rose Marie Hayden-Smith

Academic/Editor, UC Food Observer
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Food Systems
Food Systems
Youth Development
Youth Development


Rose Hayden-Smith is an author, U.S. historian, food systems expert, and social technologist. You can learn more about her work by following her on Twitter: @victorygrower or @ucfoodobserver Hayden-Smith serves as the editor/curator of the UC Food Observer blog, which was launched in 2015 as part of the University of California’s Global Food Initiative. Rose has been a UC academic since 1992; her research and practice focuses on gardens, food systems and history. She has worked as a UC youth, family and community development advisor and managed the 4-H and Master Gardener programs in Ventura County. Rose also served as the director for UC’s Cooperative Extension office in Ventura County, providing leadership for a team of UC field researchers focusing on issues relating to agriculture, natural resources and human health and nutrition. From 2010-2014, she served as the leader for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ statewide strategic initiative in sustainable food systems. Her book, "Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I," was published by McFarland in 2014. Rose is a former W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow and the recipient of UC Davis’ Bradford-Rominger award (2013) for her career accomplishments in promoting agricultural sustainability. She holds four degrees from UC Santa Barbara, including Masters degrees in Education and U.S. history and a doctorate in U.S. history with an emphasis in public historical studies. She lives in Ventura, California. UC Food Observer (website with hundreds of blog posts about food and agriculture) Facebook (UC Food Observer page) @ucfoodobserver @VictoryGrower (personal Twitter)