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 »

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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Methods of Irrigation

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Drip irrigation lined out across SIFT garlic and strawberry plots. Photo: NCAT Getting enough water to plants is essential in these high mountain deserts. If plants dry out too much, they will get fried beyond being… more »
Posted on: July 23rd, 2018

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SNAP Education Nutrition Class: Chicken Fried Rice

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Last week I had the pleasure to join in on one of the nutrition classes put on by the SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) program here in Butte-Silver Bow. This series of classes teaches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program… more »
Posted on: July 11th, 2018

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Tips for Perennial Herbs in Butte

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Perennial herbs are a nice option for a low-maintenance garden. With minimal maintenance, you can develop resilient plants that will be able to take on the coldest winters and the toughest droughts. We have four simple… more »
Posted on: June 6th, 2018

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