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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Soil-Borne Pests and Diseases

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Bone meal, blood meal, and kelp meal are beneficial ingredients in potting soil mixes. Photo: NCAT Commercial potting soil mixes can cause a lot of problems down the road. Often, the cheaper they are, the higher the… more »
Posted on: March 19th, 2018

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Year in Review: SIFT Farm 2017

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager SIFT farm tour with Urkranian environmental protection delegates. Photo: NCAT Head Start students releasing ladybugs grown in SIFT greenhouse. Photo: NCAT The SIFT demonstration farm had an exceptional year in regards… more »
Posted on: March 5th, 2018

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