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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 »


Tips for Caring for Chickens in the Winter

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager As the temperatures drop into the single digits and the days become shorter, hens can become stressed. The winter months are hard for chickens, but there are ways to help them overcome this cold period. Some varieties,… more »
Posted on: November 19th, 2018

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Understanding Microclimates in Southwest Montana

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Garlic in May snow. Photo: NCAT Rain over the SIFT farm. Photo: NCAT Many factors can affect the weather in southwest Montana. The region is classified as a high-mountain dessert. With very little precipitation in the… more »
Posted on: October 22nd, 2018

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Keeping Pests Out of Your Compost

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Depending on where you live, a pile of compost may bring in some unwanted guests. Sometimes it’s not necessarily the food scraps they are after, but the worms and bugs that thrive in this micro-environment. Rodents,… more »
Posted on: September 25th, 2018

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How to Regenerate Soils for Free

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager How much does a homegrown tomato cost? Often, a home gardener will spend more than the cost at the grocery store to grow fresh food. Considering that homegrown food is arguably healthier, has less of a footprint, and… more »
Posted on: August 22nd, 2018

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Uses for Wool on the Farm

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager The U.S. price for high-quality wool as a textile is up above $4 per pound. Thinner and more uniform fibers create a much softer and less scratchy fabric. Ranchers in the wool business are selecting breeds that have… more »
Posted on: August 13th, 2018

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