Massachusetts Vegetable 'Twilight' Meeting

Wednesday July 14, 2004. 5:00-8:30 pm.
Czajkowski Farms, Joe and Walt Czajkowski and family.
Hadley, Mass

Come and see a well-managed, forward-looking, successful farm in the heart of the Connecticut Valley. Joe and Wally will host this
tour of their 170-acre farm in Hadley where they are the third generation to grow vegetables, berries and tobacco. Most of their
product is shipped wholesale but they also grow pick-your-own strawberries and brambles.

They have been growing organic butternut (13A) and machine-picked green beans for several years. We will start at their brand
new butternut storage facility and see their washing, peeling and packing line. Butternut is peeled from October through March
and carrots are peeled year-round.  We will hear about a new marketing effort to seel directly to schools. Then we will carpool
on a circuit of fields where the Czajkowski's are working with UMass to test perimeter trap cropping in butternut and pumpkin,
and to compare no-till and conventional tillage in pumpkins. We'll see a new PYO field of brambles and other small fruits.

Refreshments served at 5-5:30 courtesy of MARS.

Pesticide recertification credits: 1 hour.


From Vermont:
Take I-91 south to Exit 24 in Massachusetts, turn left back over the highway, then turn right onto Route 116, toward Amherst.
Go over the river, go straight thru the first set of lights in Sunderland center, continue to the next sets of lights, then turn right
onto Meadow St. Go about a mile, then turn right opposite the UMass Horse Farm onto Mt. Warner Rd, Go ½ mile, turn left
into driveway, storage barn is at the end of the driveway.

From the south: Turn off I-91 at Rte 9/Northampton exit, turn right (east) across the bridge.  Follow Rte 9 east to North Maple St
(across from the malls). Turn left. At the stoplight go straight. Opposite the UMass Horse farm, turn left on Mt. Warner Rd.
Go ½ mile, turn left into driveway, storage barn is at the end of the driveway.

For more information, contact the UMass Vegetable Program (413) 545-3696