Uses for Wool on the Farm

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager The U.S. price for high-quality wool as a textile is up above $4 per pound. Thinner and more uniform fibers create a much softer and less scratchy fabric. Ranchers in the wool business are selecting breeds that have… more »
Posted on: August 13th, 2018

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Methods of Irrigation

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Drip irrigation lined out across SIFT garlic and strawberry plots. Photo: NCAT Getting enough water to plants is essential in these high mountain deserts. If plants dry out too much, they will get fried beyond being… more »
Posted on: July 23rd, 2018

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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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