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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DIY: Seed Germination Heating Tables

By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager This year, we have had greens growing in our attached greenhouse throughout the entire winter. This greenhouse has a space in the back that we were able to add extra insulation and hang a light to supplement during the… more »
Posted on: February 15th, 2018

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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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