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 »

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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Spring Soil Temperatures

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager The biggest question I ask each year is, how early is too early to begin direct seeding in the ground?. Inclement weather will persist through the beginning of June, making it difficult to keep air temperatures above… more »
Posted on: May 7th, 2018

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Summer Cover Cropping on the SIFT Farm

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Year one cover crop. Photo: NCAT In the past, I’ve written about fall cover crops to keep the soil protected during winter months. With mixed results from our previous trials, we have begun looking at types of cover… more »
Posted on: April 24th, 2018

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What to Do With Kohlrabi

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Kohlrabi is a strange-looking vegetable that often gets passed up in the produce section because people are unfamiliar with it. However, it is a versatile vegetable that can be used in many different recipes. Kohlrabi… more »
Posted on: April 3rd, 2018

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