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 »

Strawberry Trials

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager For the past three years, we have partnered with Montana State University to trial different methods of strawberry production in our region. The trial is testing a perennial matted-row system against annual… more »
Posted on: July 12th, 2017

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Frosts in June: A Lesson in Perseverance

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Frosts in June are no surprise around here. In fact, according to the National Climatic Data Center, Butte has the second shortest days between frosts on average in Montana. The only other agricultural area in Montana… more »
Posted on: June 19th, 2017

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Get Ready for the 2017 Spring Plant Sale!

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Photo: NCAT Warm weather is finally here, and we are busily gearing up for our annual plant sale. It has been long road for our plants, some of which were seeded two and a half months ago when temperatures were… more »
Posted on: June 5th, 2017

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NCAT’s Annual Plant Sale, 2017

Getting the right plant is key to having a successful garden in a cool climate like the area surrounding Butte. NCAT’s SIFT farm will hold its 5th annual plant sale on Thursday, June 8, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the north side of NCAT at 3040… more »
Posted on: May 30th, 2017

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Organic Pest Management: Ladybugs

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager One of SIFT's new resident ladybugs helps manage pests on greenhouse basil. Photo: NCAT. Two weeks ago, we had some very enthusiastic visitors on the SIFT farm when the local Head Start program brought a group of kids… more »
Posted on: May 15th, 2017

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