Frost in July? The Challenges of Cold-Climate Production

By Jonathan Burrus July is in full swing and Butte is buzzing with excitement leading up to this weekend’s renowned music festival. The same can be said for those of us working on the SIFT farm, buzzing around like busy worker bees trying to keep up as… more »
Posted on: July 7th, 2016

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Teaching Manual Now Available for Small Farmers Scaling Up to Wholesale

Are you a small-scale farmer looking to scale up? The Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Northeast SARE have released the Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual. The 16 lesson plans in the manual are intended for an audience of… more »
Posted on: July 7th, 2016

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Annual Plant Sale a Success, Bed Seeding Underway

By Jonathan Burrus Customers had plenty to choose from at this year's SIFT plant sale. June is a busy time here on the SIFT farm. We kicked things off with our annual plant sale where we offered a variety of vegetables and herbs that are adapted to… more »
Posted on: June 16th, 2016

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Sustainable Small-Scale Farming Examples: Three Hearts Farm

Three Hearts Farm is a 7-acre farm located in the Gallatin Valley between Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana. The farm is owned by Dean Williamson, a former English and literature instructor at Bozeman High School and Montana State University. The farm's… more »
Posted on: June 13th, 2016

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NCAT’s Annual Plant Sale Expands; Soil Workshop Planned

NCAT's John Wallace prepares plants for the June 3 sale. 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 4th annual plant sale on Friday, June 3, from 3 p.m.… more »
Posted on: May 26th, 2016

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