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University of California
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agriculture,horticulture,Victory Gardens,school gardens, food, food and nutrition policy,WWI,WW2,American homefront,suffrage,land grants,Progressive Era,public history,digital history
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About Me

Rose Hayden-Smith is a U.S. historian who serves as an author, academic, and digital strategist. An emerita from the University of California, she is the founding editor of the UC Food Observer blog. Her research focuses on food systems and U.S. history. Her book, “Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I,” was published in 2014.

Previously, she served as director of the 4-H and Master Gardener programs in Ventura County, CA, developing community-based programming and conducting applied research relating to garden-based education. She also was the first female director of UC’s Cooperative Extension office in Ventura County, where she provided leadership for a team of researchers working in agriculture, youth development, natural resources, and nutrition. She served for four years as the leader of UC ANR’s statewide initiative in sustainable food systems.

Hayden-Smith is an avid blogger, and her work has appeared in a range of publications, including the Huffington Post.

She is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow, and served on the USDA Advisory Committee for the Peoples Garden. She is the recipient of UC Davis’ Bradford-Rominger award for promoting agricultural sustainability; a Distinguished Service Award from UC ANR; and a STAR award from UCOP for her communications work.

She holds four degrees from UC Santa Barbara, including Masters degrees in Education and history and a doctorate in U.S. history with an emphasis in public history.

She has recently piloted a podcast – Rose and Shine – which highlights the creative work of young professionals.

Hayden-Smith is also the owner of Shine Communications, which provides coaching, communications and copywriting services.

Recent Publications

Selected Bibliography



Newman, J.P.; Hayden-Smith, Rose (2014). Chapter 1. “Container Nursery Production and Business Management. Richmond, CA. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Hayden-Smith, R.  “Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I.” North Carolina: McFarland Publishing, 2014.

Peer Reviewed

Hayden-Smith, R. “Soldiers of the Soil”: Wartime Gardening Programs of World War I. Legacies 17(1):18-25, Spring 2017, published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Hayden-Smith R, Valachovic Y, Tweig B. 2015. UC ANR Cooperative Extension grows citizen scientists. Calif Agr 69(2):70-71.

Hayden-Smith R, Surls R, Stein M. 2014. California milestones. Calif Agr 68(1)8-15.

Hayden-Smith, R. 2014. Sustainable food systems: charting Extension’s history and models for the future. Rural Connections, published by the Western Rural Development Center, May 2014: 25-32.

Hayden-Smith R, Surls R. 2014. A century of science and service. Calif Agr 68(1):8-15. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v068n01p8

Hayden-Smith, R. “World’s Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes.” Book review, The Public Historian 35(4). November 2013.

Hayden-Smith, R.  Sowing the Seeds of Victory: National Wartime Gardening Programs in the United States During World War I.  Diss. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010.

Hayden-Smith, R.  2007, “Soldiers of the Soil: The Work of the United States School Garden Army During World War I,” in Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v. 6(1): 19-29; June 2007.

Hayden-Smith, R., 2006, “Soldiers of the Soil: a historical review of the United States School Garden Army,”in the University of California Davis, 4-H Center for Youth Development Monograph Series.

Proceedings, Policy Papers and Reports

Hayden-Smith, R. “UC’s Global Food Initiative”. Eight-page report about the Global Food Initiative produced for UCOP for its report to the APLU. 2016.

Hayden-Smith, Rose, Patsy Beneveniste, Lynn Peemoeller, eds. Proceedings of the

Kane, Deborah and Rose Hayden-Smith, 2008. “What’s for lunch? A review ofschool food and garden-based education in the United States using the Portland public schools as a model for change.” Published by EcoTrust.

Tagtow, A., et al. Hayden-Smith: Contributor. Child Nutrition & WICReauthorization Act 2009: A Policy Toolkit for Food and Society Policy Fellows. Improving Children’s Health Through “Good Food.” July 21, 2008. Published by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Note: This toolkit was used by legislators and advocates during the run-up to the vote on this legislation.

Hayden-Smith, R.  “From the Garden E-Brief: California Assembly Bill 1535 Funds Instructional Gardens for Public Schools.”  March 2008.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Food History, Gender, Government, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Public History, Rural & Agrarian History, Technology, Urban History, Women, World War I, World War II