rose-600x550The Victory Grower:

Author. Historian. Food Systems Advocate.

Rose Hayden-Smith is the Victory Grower. She is an author, U.S. historian, garden educator, food systems expert, and food systems advocate. She focuses on policy and practice. You can learn more about her work by following her on Twitter @victorygrower

Hayden-Smith advocates for school, home and community gardens and food enterprises…and for public policies that support a healthy, affordable, sustainable, accessible and just food system. You can find her work under the moniker”Victory Grower”. Hayden-Smith holds Masters degrees in Education and U.S. history, and a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She currently serves as an academic leading the University of California’s strategic initiative in sustainable food systems, which operates under UC’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She also serves as a UC Cooperative Extension advisor in youth, family and community development in Ventura County, where she works on community food systems projects, including school gardens, farm field trips, and a student-run farm.

Hayden-Smith received UC Davis’ Bradford-Rominger award for her work in agricultural sustainability in 2013. In 2011, she was named one of the thirty most influential women in sustainable food systems by the White House Project. She is also a former W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow.