Annual Plant Sale a Success, Bed Seeding Underway

By Jonathan Burrus

Customers at annual SIFT plant sale.
Customers had plenty to choose from at this year's SIFT plant sale.

June is a busy time here on the SIFT farm. We kicked things off with our annual plant sale where we offered a variety of vegetables and herbs that are adapted to Butte’s cool climate. This year, Healing Waters joined the sale, increasing the amount and variety of items for sale. Despite the traffic difficulties caused by the construction on Continental Drive, the afternoon was a success, generating a good amount of revenue for both SIFT and Healing Waters.

That same afternoon, NCAT’s Tammy Howard led a workshop demonstrating organic soil preparation techniques. Fourteen participants attended the workshop, the second in our summer series. See the full workshop schedule on the SIFT Calendar.

June also starts our big planting push. We’ve been hard at work seeding beds of summer squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, and both salad and braising greens, as well as transplanting tomato, pepper, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, cucumber, and melon plants. Beans and an assortment of culinary herbs are also almost ready to be transplanted. Our irrigation system is up and running and we’ll soon be shifting our focus from the hoop houses to the grounds.

Weather wise, June is predictably unpredictable, with highs topping out in the mid-90s one week and a recent overnight low of 39. These huge fluctuations create challenges on the farm, but, with the aid of our hoop houses, we’re well on our way to stocking our stand at the opening evening farmers market on June 23 at the Original Headframe. We’re excited to be a part of the market, which is being held this year in conjunction with the Original Movie series and Shakespeare in the Park.

Posted on: June 16th, 2016