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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
Wednesday, August 20, 4:30 pm
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 Workshop
Wednesday, September 3, 4:30 pm
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. Led by Tammy Howard.
Variety Trial Tour and Taste Test Workshop
Wednesday, September 17, 4;30 pm
Take a tour of our variety trials to learn what we've learned about good vegetable varieties for growing in Butte-- and taste the best of them! Led by SIFT interns.


Other Events

Find an event near you!

Organic Farm School
June 16 - August 11
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Diversified Markets Field Day
July 26
Osceola, Wisconsin
Understanding and Managing Urban Soils for Healthy Food Production Workshop
July 26 and 27
Washington, D.C.
Cow Herd Management and Cheese Making
July 28
Spokane, Washington
Commercial Lavender Production
July 28
Carson City, Nevada
UMass Agricultural Field Day
July 29
South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Farmer Field Day: Conserving Soil and Water
July 30
St. Ignatius, Montana
K-Line Pasture Irrigation
July 30
Penn Yan, New York
Full-Diet Farming: Making the Pieces Work Together on a Small Farm
July 31
New Paltz, New York
Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest
August 1 - 2
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Florida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference
August 1 - 2
Farm to Table International Symposium
August 2 - 4
New Orleans, Louisiana


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