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 »

Succession Planning: Pros and Cons

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager A crop of assorted greens seeded all at once. Photo: NCAT The acronym SIFT stands for Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training. For those unfamiliar with the concept of “intensive farming,” it comes down to an optimization… more »
Posted on: November 21st, 2019

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SIFT Partners for Food Co-op Benefit

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Guest chef John Wallace of NCAT’s SIFT farm and Sara Edinberg working the Dish-ability food truck. Photo: NCAT This year I had the opportunity to partner with a local food truck called Dish-ability. The purpose of the… more »
Posted on: November 7th, 2019

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What is Good Compost?

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Compost made on the SIFT farm. Photo: NCAT Not all compost is created equally. Just because something can be decomposed does not make it the best amendment for your soil. A high-quality compost is full of… more »
Posted on: October 14th, 2019

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Cilantro vs Parsley in Butte

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Italian flat leaf parsley growing in our high tunnel in August. Photo: NCAT I love using fresh herbs in my cooking. In fact, all I tend to grow at my house now are herbs. This is because they are easy to maintain and I… more »
Posted on: September 3rd, 2019

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Small Hydroponics Experiment Comparing Two Systems

By Andrew Coggins, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project Coordinator Hydroponics, aquaponics, and other forms of vegetable and fruit production based on soil-less systems have been around for many years. In November 2017, the NOSB (National Organic… more »
Posted on: July 29th, 2019

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