Victory Gardens are part of our past…and should be part of our future.


Victory Gardens transformed America during WWI and WWII.

I am Rose Hayden-Smith, aka, “The Victory Grower.” I am an author. A U.S. historian. A food systems advocate. And a  believer in the potential of Victory Gardens.

Once, not too long ago, in the face of grave challenges to our nation, Americans – native-born and immigrant – made a collective decision to garden. Gardens were everywhere: homes, schools, workplaces, and in locations throughout American communities. Those Americans believed – as I believe – that a sustainable food system and access to healthy foods was vital to our national security. We should all know how to produce, prepare, and conserve food, and to understand what a healthy diet consists of. I am passionate about the potential of gardens to transform the food system and the world. The Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII are my inspiration, and I’ve written a book about that. I think we ought to garden more. Gardening is a wonderful way to increase community-based food security, teach youth how to produce food, improve nutrition, help the environment, and encourage civic engagement.

This website provides information about my book, “Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I”. It also provides a wealth of information about related topics, including school, home and community gardens (past and present); sustainable food systems; public policy; woman’s history; higher education; politics; faith; and visual culture. These may seem to be disparate topics, but they are in fact deeply intertwined.

I hope that you’ll read my book and blog, follow and engage with me on social media, and invite me to speak or consult with your group or organization. Together, we can transform the food system and the world, one garden at a time.

 “A Garden for Everyone. Everyone in a Garden.”