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SIFT Events

Unless otherwise noted, all SIFT events are free of charge and held at the SIFT demonstration farm at NCAT headquarters in Butte, MT.
To allow for better planning we ask that participants register ahead of time by simply emailing us

Biochar Kiln Construction Workshop
Thursday, April 17, 4 pm
EnergyCorps member Michael Daniel, serving on the SIFT farm, will be leading this workshop on construction of a biochar kiln heated by a super-efficent rocket stove. Biochar, made from wood burned in the absence of oxygen, is a soil amendment used to increase soil's water- and nutrient-holding capacity. Especially useful in Butte's sandy soils!
Seed Starting and Potting Mix Workshop
Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 pm
Learn effective seed-starting techniques for giving your plants a head start on Butte's short growing season, and how to make your own potting mix. Led by NCAT agriculture specialist Tammy Howard.
Second Annual Plant Sale
Friday, May 30, 3 - 6 pm
Didn't make it to our seed starting workshop to learn how to start your own seedlings? Buy some regionally-appropriate seedlings from us for your vegetable garden this summer! Mmmm, fresh heirloom tomatoes!
Building a Cold Frame Workshop
Friday, May 30, 4:30 pm
Learn how to build your own cold frame to start your growing season a little early, and extend it later into the fall. Windows for building your own will be for sale. Stop by the plant sale (see above) for some seedlings to keep inside your cold frame until they're ready for transplant.
Composting Workshop
Wednesday, July 16, 4:30 pm
Learn the hows and whys of composting, one of the greatest and easiest ways to improve your soil. Led by Tammy Howard (a Master Composter!).
Chicken Basics Workshop
Wednesday, August 6, 4:30 pm
Learn the basics of raising chickens, from breed information to room and board to raising a flock in the city. Led by Tammy Howard.
Cooking with Local Foods Workshop
Date TBA
Held at the Butte Emergency Food Bank, 1019 E Second St
Like the idea of fresh, local produce, but don't know what to do with it? Come to this workshop to learn easy techniques and recipes for enjoying your local bounty, and enjoy a meal afterward. Led by a guest chef. This workshop is $10.
Season Extension and Variety Trial Workshop
Wednesday, September 17, 4;30 pm ; SIFT Farm
Butte's short season makes it difficult to grow many of our favorite crops. Learn how to extend the season into the fall to enjoy your backyard harvest for longer. Also take a tour of our variety trials to see what we've learned about good vegetable varieties for Butte's climate and taste the best of them! Led by Tammy Howard.


Other Events

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Organic Farm School
June 16 - August 11
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Non-Profit Urban Farm Tour
August 8
Toledo, Ohio
NOFA Summer Conference
August 8 - 10
Amherst, Massachusetts
Planning Pollinator Habitat on Working Farms
August 9
Booneville, Arkansas
Call 479-675-5182
Houston Urban Food Production Conference
August 9
Houston, Texas
Farm Business Planning and Management
August 9
Kansas City, Missouri
Fruits and Berries from City Lots Workshop
August 9 or 10
Washington, DC
Farm Dreams Workshop
August 10
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm – A Farmer’s Perspective
August 12
Organic Seed Field Day and Training
August 12
Waynesville, North Carolina
Soil Workshops for Small Farms
August 13 - 14
Aurora, Oregon
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Program
August 13
Gallipolis, Ohio
Growing and Funding Equitable Food Hubs
August 14
Practical Soil Management for New Lands and New Farmers
August 14
Staatsburg, New York
Cover Cropping in Organic Systems
August 16
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ecological Farming Workshop
August 16 - 17
Longmont, Colorado
Farm Dreams Workshop
August 17
Viroqua, Wisconsin
Hops Production
August 21
Piketon, Ohio
Community Revitalization and Urban Farm Tour
August 22
Youngstown, Ohio
Basics of Beekeeping and Honey Extraction
August 23
Lowder, Illinois
Introduction to Cut Flowers
August 25
Kansas City, Missouri
Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate
September 1 or 2
Newton or Amherst, Massachusetts
Aquaponics Facility Tour
September 6
Richwood, Ohio
Managing the 4 P's: Pollinators, Parasites, Predators & Pests
September 6 or 7
Washington, DC
PFI Field Day: Community-Based Farm Start-Up
September 9
Tama, Iowa


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