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 »

ATTRA Offers Tipsheet on Poultry Basics

The SIFT farm has some new residents this week: a flock of cute, fluffy chicks to add to our existing flock. Before long, they’ll be producing fresh, healthy eggs for SIFT’s customers. Chickens are a great addition to any farm or backyard and are… more »
Posted on: April 6th, 2017

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Choosing Varieties for our Climate: Bolting

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Selecting varieties that will do well in Butte is critical for boosting our yield. We keep detailed notes on all the varieties we grow so that we can make informed decisions from year to year. This year, I am trying to… more »
Posted on: March 22nd, 2017

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Getting a Jump Start on the Growing Season

Overwintered parsley on the SIFT farm. Photo: NCAT By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Every year we practice over wintering a few plants to see if we can get a head start on the next year. The results have been helpful in understanding our potential to… more »
Posted on: February 16th, 2017

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Free Workshop About Energy for Your Small Business or Ag Operation

The Montana USDA Rural Development office has scheduled a workshop about funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to help small business owners and agriculture producers cut costs and maximize profits. The workshop will be held from 8:30… more »
Posted on: January 9th, 2017

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Chefs Predict Local Food Continuing as Menu Trend in 2017

Each year, the National Restaurant Association surveys nearly 1,300 professional chefs--members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)--to explore food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year. This year's survey identified both food and… more »
Posted on: January 4th, 2017

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