Dorothy Peterson (born 7 Feb. 1940, Chico, CA; died 7 April 2016, Davis, CA) was a retired school teacher and very active in projects and work connected to school gardening, recycling, and healthy eating. She graduated with her degree and teaching credential from Chico State and arrived in Davis in 1961. She taught at Valley Oak Elementary School, North Davis Elementary, and Pioneer Elementary before retiring in 1999. In retirement she has been very active with Davis Farm to School, Davis Farmer's Market Foundation, and Central Park Gardens Steering Committee, among many other projects. In 2011 Peterson received the A. G. Brinley Award.