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 »

Planning to Meet Production Goals: Carrots

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Image: NCAT Planning for your farm to meet productions goals is essential in maintaining a good customer base throughout the year. As the SIFT markets begin to grow, it is easier to identify which products sell best.… more »
Posted on: December 6th, 2017

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Insulating Greenhouses for the Winter

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager With temperatures beginning to plummet, SIFT operations have been squeezed into our greenhouses. These greenhouses were built in the 1970s for winter production. The angle of the Solexx on the greenhouse is meant to… more »
Posted on: November 13th, 2017

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Hydroponics: Root Indicators

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Healthy roots after the system has been flushed through with clean water. Photo: NCAT 'Slimy' brown roots indicating anaerobic (lack of oxygen) due to either nutrient imbalance, high pH, or the system needs flushing… more »
Posted on: October 24th, 2017

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September: from Summer to Winter

By John Wallace, SIFT farm manager The seasons are changing and after our first few snowfalls, we have quickly returned to fall. September has brought us from scorching temperatures and smoke-filled skies to thick frost and snowcapped mountains. It was… more »
Posted on: October 5th, 2017

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SIFT Hydroponics System

By Westley Lund, SIFT Intern I am an agriculture intern for NCAT this summer and fall on the SIFT farm. I am currently getting my Masters in Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech, and I am working on a thesis project on reclamation work for a local… more »
Posted on: September 28th, 2017

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