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 »

Fairy Carrots and Becoming a Kid Again

By Victorian Tilley, AmeriCorps Member, SIFT Farm Educator As I enter through the doors of the elementary school here in Butte, everything seems to have shrunk down in size. It has been quite a while since I have walked into a school building that’s not… more »
Posted on: February 6th, 2019

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SIFT Production Notes for 2018

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Each winter, I combine yield data with my field notes from the previous season. This helps to better prepare myself for the next year. I can alter my crop plan to address the problems we have encountered. This helps me… more »
Posted on: January 8th, 2019

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Extending the Harvest

By Victorian Tilley, AmeriCorps Member, SIFT Farm Educator I felt like this was a good opportunity to highlight one of my favorite, comforting meals: Spanakopita. Spanakopita (spinach pie) is a Greek dish that is much like a quiche. But don’t worry;… more »
Posted on: December 18th, 2018

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Ribbon-Cutting for the New SIFT Greenhouse

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager This year, the SIFT farm received a grant to help purchase two new “kit“ greenhouses to replace our older, rundown hoop houses. The work constructing the first Rimol Nor’easter greenhouse is complete. Though it took… more »
Posted on: December 4th, 2018

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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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