Past recipients of the Bradford-Rominger award


Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith, recipient of the 2013 Bradford-Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award

Rose Hayden-Smith has been a UC ANR Cooperative Extension 4-H youth, family and community development advisor in Ventura County since 1992.  Since March 2011, she has served as the leader for ANR’s strategic initiative in sustainable food systems.

Hayden-Smith develops programs that focus on food systems, including developing school, home and community gardens and urban agriculture projects.  Hayden-Smith’s national advocacy work uses social media, speaking and writing to promote awareness of sustainability and the role that gardening can play.  She blogs and tweets under the moniker “VictoryGrower.”


Dr. Kenneth Tate, recipient of the 2012 Bradford-Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award


Ken Tate is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences. He runs the California Rangeland Watershed Laboratory, which focuses on the diverse ecosystems that comprise California rangelands.

“We study and promote management to support the multitude of services that rangelands provide to society and believe that the application of sound science, adaptive range management, and excellent stewardship enhances water quality, soil quality, stream and floodplain function, aquatic and terrestrial habitat, native plant and wildlife species, and agricultural productivity,” said Dr. Tate.

Dr. Tate has developed numerous partnerships with UC Cooperative Extension advisors, ranchers, rangeland managers, other research laboratories and organizations focusing on natural resources conservation, management and regulation. His research and extension program has been exemplary in evaluating scientific information relevant to important issues, contributing new scientific knowledge, extending information to diverse stakeholders, and supplying tools and knowledge to implement on-the-ground solutions.

The impact of his research and service activities on rangeland management and the leadership role he has played in communicating the results to stakeholders and the public are recognized at the state, national and international levels.


Dr. Kelly Garbach, the inaugural recipient of the Bradford-Rominger award 


UC Davis graduate student Kelly Garbach was named the first Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award winner in 2011.

“Both Eric and Charlie were big thinkers, and had the ability to realize their aspirations. Kelly possesses the same quiet determination and genuine modesty while leading by example,” said Tom Tomich, director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

Since being awarded the Bradford-Rominger award, Garbach has earned her Ph.D in Ecology at UC Davis. Her researched focused on agricultural land preservation. Garbach has served as a natural resource conservation consultant for both the Academy for Educational Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has also worked with non-profit organizations Chile, Argentina, and San Francisco on natural resource management and environmental justice issues.