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 »

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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Looking for Year-Round Greens? Try Microgreens!

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager A simple way to produce greens throughout the winter is to grow microgreens. The nutrients contained in microgreens are concentrated during the cotyledon stage and they have stronger flavor, making them great additions… more »
Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

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The Power of Mulch

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager We have had an oddly mild fall this year in Butte, Montana, which has led to a prolonged growing season. During this time, our perennial and over-wintering crops have not gone completely dormant. This could cause some… more »
Posted on: November 7th, 2016

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Fall Cover Cropping on the SIFT Farm

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Cereal rye and radish battle an early October snow. Photo: NCAT Timing is everything here in Butte, Montana, and early frosts can create a false belief that the growing season has come to an end. With several light… more »
Posted on: October 11th, 2016

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Need Help Getting Started with Farming? ATTRA’s Got You Covered!

Photo: NCAT If you are thinking about farming as a career but need some help getting started, ATTRA offers two self-paced online tutorials that might be just what you need. Farm Business Planning & Marketing for Beginners will help you develop a basic… more »
Posted on: September 26th, 2016

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