Lettuce Turnip the Beet

Paso Verde is Natomas Unified’s newest TK-8 school that opened its doors in August 2017 for its founding year.  Paso Verde’s garden “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” was funded largely by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, but it has gotten a big boost from community friends, too — Fiery Ginger Farms,  Sacramento County Farm Bureau, local Cub Scout troops, and our PTA all contributed to ensure we had a successful foundation for our learning. We broke ground on our garden in October 2017 and our minds and crops have been growing steadily ever since.

  • Photos of students tasting herbs
  • Photos of students tasting herbs
  • Photo of children tasting fresh veggies
  • Photos of students tasting herbs
  • Photos of students tasting herbs
  • Photos of students tasting herbs
  • Photos of students tasting herbs

Our mission: To engage and empower scholars through an edible education that integrates food into the curriculum and provides access to healthy food that reframes the way our diverse community comes together to nourish one another in mind, body, and soul.

Our Values: We value the time gathered with one another learning from a diversity of experiences that we share in our garden and around the table. We value the love that is cultivated through the harvesting, cooking, and sharing of our crops and our stories with one another and our community. We value the relationships that we grow with each other, our families, and our community through sustainable programs that instill whole food mindfulness and the culture shift to thriving locally.

Kitchen and Garden Pre Survey

Scholars and Families!
Help us learn and grow in our Kitchen and Garden Class.
Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey with your scholar or on behalf of them. Thank you in advance for your time!

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Groundbreaking Lettuce Turnip the Beet
2017-2018 Inaugural Year
Thank you to all those that help make this a huge success. 

Our groundbreaking event for the Lettuce Turnip the Beet was a huge success in large part to all of the people who donated materials, time, and resources. We thank you!

Donations  generously provided by:
Fiery GInger Farms- West Sacramento Farmer

Sacramento County Farm Bureau
 Bill Bird, Executive Director | Alexis Silveira, Program and Membership Coordinator 

  • HM Clause, Inc
  • Home Depot
  • Only One You Sign donated by Margie Rueb
  • Special thanks to our PTA and volunteers:
  • Laurie Crutchfield | Traci Dunn |  Yating Campbell | All PVS Parents
  • Community Organizations:
  • Natomas Cub Scout Pack 402 | Girl Scout Troop 1290
  • NUSD Nutritional Services:
  • Vince Caguin | Rylee Welly | Megan Reese | Jenn Orosco
  • Guest Speaker:
  • Julianna Arnett-Farm to School Lead from USDA
  • Special Acknowledgments:
  • NUSD Board of Trustees
  • Superintendent Evans
  • NUSD School Leadership and Support