Welcome

We hope this website will keep you up-to-date on the progress of our new Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) project. Through this innovative program, we're working to create food security, economic revitalization, and environmental protection through small-scale intensive farm training.

What is SIFT?

Today, more than 50 million Americans live in "food-insecure" households, including more than 17 million children. Much of this food insecurity is the result of families living in areas where they don't have easy access to healthy, nutritious food. In these communities, known as "food deserts," families often turn to convenience stores and fast food restaurants for their meals. But what if every community—even those in food deserts—could increase their food security by producing their own healthy food? NCAT believes they can. more »


Getting a Jump Start on the Growing Season

Overwintered parsley on the SIFT farm. Photo: NCAT By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Every year we practice over wintering a few plants to see if we can get a head start on the next year. The results have been helpful in understanding our potential to… more »
Posted on: February 16th, 2017

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Free Workshop About Energy for Your Small Business or Ag Operation

The Montana USDA Rural Development office has scheduled a workshop about funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to help small business owners and agriculture producers cut costs and maximize profits. The workshop will be held from 8:30… more »
Posted on: January 9th, 2017

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Chefs Predict Local Food Continuing as Menu Trend in 2017

Each year, the National Restaurant Association surveys nearly 1,300 professional chefs--members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)--to explore food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year. This year's survey identified both food and… more »
Posted on: January 4th, 2017

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Recordkeeping for a Successful Future

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager It is never too early to start planning for the next season. The best way to make the best decisions is to look back and see what has worked and what can be changed. There are two “simple” things you need to know to… more »
Posted on: December 15th, 2016

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Interested in scaling up? Don't miss this webinar!

Scaling up to meet the demands of wholesale or institutional markets requires careful planning and recordkeeping. NCAT Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman will present a webinar on December 14 to introduce strategies for crop planning. The free webinar… more »
Posted on: December 1st, 2016

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