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Farmer finds success with project that brings local produce to schools

Joe Czajkowski is a major player in the state’s Farm to School Project, supplying fresh, locally grown produce from his Hadley farm to school cafeterias. One of his main products is butternut squash, which his workers skin, deseed, and cut before it is delivered. Joe Czajkowski is a major player in the state’s Farm to School Project, supplying fresh, locally grown produce from his Hadley farm to school cafeterias. One of his main products is butternut squash, which his workers skin, deseed, and cut before it is delivered. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)
By Michael Prager
Globe Correspondent / November 2, 2011

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Joe Czajkowski, 53, who grows organic and conventional produce in the shadow of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is one of the biggest players in the state’s Farm To School Project, supplying locally grown produce to Massachusetts schools. “Joe is probably the best example we have in the state right now of a farmer who has figured out how to make farm-to-institution sales really work for him and for his customers,’’ said Kelly Erwin, project director.

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