Matthew Utterback Named National Superintendent of the Year!

New Orleans – March 2, 2017 – Matthew Utterback, Superintendent of North Clackamas School District in Milwaukie, Ore., has been named the 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Today’s announcement came at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

“It’s an incredible honor to represent our school district in the state of Oregon at the national level,” said Utterback as a 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year finalist. “The National Superintendent of the Year has an opportunity to share stories, to share learning (and) to share the good work that is happening in public schools across our country.”

Utterback has nearly 30 distinguished years in public education, the past four years as superintendent of the North Clackamas School District. A suburban school district serving more than 17,000 students on 32 school campuses, North Clackamas Schools is continually recognized as an innovative leader in the state of Oregon and an example of what is right with public education.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors international school superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:
Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.

Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

​Congratulations Matt !

CSA Registration is Open for 2017!

Our school farm partner, Schoolyard Farms, has opened registration for their 2017 CSA! By becoming a member, you directly support your school farm, local farmers, a stronger local food system, our kids’ health, and the environment.

Sign-up today to receive a weekly bag of fresh vegetables from the New Urban School Farm from June-October. There are also have 7 convenient pick-up locations throughout Portland and Milwaukie and two pick-up days — Tuesday and Wednesday –to choose from, if that works better for you.

The shares are unique because they are sized individually, allowing you to design the ideal share for you or your family. One share is enough for one person who eats a moderate amount of vegetables in a week (about 5 small bunches of vegetables). If you eat a lot of vegetables, we recommend two shares per person. For a family, we recommend 3-4 shares, etc. Each share costs $325 if you’re paying with cash, check or SNAP and $337 if you’re paying with card or e-check.

This year, if you would like to pay for your share with SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and were not a CSA member in 2016, you may be eligible for up to $200 in matching funds through Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Schoolyard Farms is trying to spread the word far and wide about the DUFB matching program so that as many low-income families as possible can benefit from a weekly share of fresh vegetables—if you know of anyone who might eligible and interested, please share this announcement with them or have them email Courtney Leeds at

You can learn more about Schoolyard Farms’ CSA and sign-up here: