SIFT’s First 2016 Production Goal: Early Pea Crop

Sugar snap peas on the SIFT farm. Photo: NCAT By Jonathan Burrus As the days begin to warm across Montana, we in Butte still find ourselves reaching for the covers as night falls. Nighttime lows have dipped to 25 degrees, making it still too cold to… more »
Posted on: May 10th, 2016

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USDA Unveils New Urban Agriculture Toolkit

Urban and small farmers looking for resources to help them manage various aspects of their business can now take advantage of a new toolkit released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit is an electronic document that… more »
Posted on: May 2nd, 2016

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SIFT Update: Springtime Challenges

By Jonathan Burrus SIFT's "germination station." Photo: NCAT Springtime on the SIFT farm is a busy time of year. Growing food here in Butte, Montana, has its own special set of challenges, none greater than our unusually short growing season. Butte, on… more »
Posted on: April 19th, 2016

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Mark Your Calendars! 2016 Community Workshops Announced

The weather is warming up and we're getting the SIFT farm into production. You know what else we're doing? Planning our annual community workshops! We have a great lineup this year, including topics such as organic weed management, annual strawberry… more »
Posted on: April 4th, 2016

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Sustainable Small-Scale Farming Examples: Farmer Jones Eco-Friendly Produce

Rita Foust and Mel Jones established Farmer Jones Produce in Poetry, Texas, in 2009. While they occasionally employ a few temporary laborers to help on the 3-acre farm, Mel and Rita perform the majority of the farm's operations. There is about one acre… more »
Posted on: March 18th, 2016

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