Growing Onions in Cold Climates

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Green bunching onions have always been very successful on the SIFT farm, but we have struggled to grow bulb onions in our short growing season. We began testing a variety of red mini onion called Purplette. This… more »
Posted on: February 8th, 2018

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Planning to Meet Production Goals: Carrots

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Image: NCAT Planning for your farm to meet productions goals is essential in maintaining a good customer base throughout the year. As the SIFT markets begin to grow, it is easier to identify which products sell best.… more »
Posted on: December 6th, 2017

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Insulating Greenhouses for the Winter

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager With temperatures beginning to plummet, SIFT operations have been squeezed into our greenhouses. These greenhouses were built in the 1970s for winter production. The angle of the Solexx on the greenhouse is meant to… more »
Posted on: November 13th, 2017

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Hydroponics: Root Indicators

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager Healthy roots after the system has been flushed through with clean water. Photo: NCAT 'Slimy' brown roots indicating anaerobic (lack of oxygen) due to either nutrient imbalance, high pH, or the system needs flushing… more »
Posted on: October 24th, 2017

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September: from Summer to Winter

By John Wallace, SIFT farm manager The seasons are changing and after our first few snowfalls, we have quickly returned to fall. September has brought us from scorching temperatures and smoke-filled skies to thick frost and snowcapped mountains. It was… more »
Posted on: October 5th, 2017

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