18 Jan Production to Address Community Needs – Podcast
In this episode, John Wallace, manager of NCAT/ATTRA’s SIFT farm – which stands for Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training – talks with Victorian Tilley about the farm’s shift from growing food to sell to growing food to help meet the nutritional needs of the community through donating to local charities.
The SIFT farm is located at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana, where John and Victorian both work. Victorian is an Energy Corps member with AmeriCorps and is currently NCAT’s Farm Energy Educator.
The farm’s goals in the past were focused on proving economic viability; now it has transitioned toward donating to charitable organizations in the Butte community. With an emphasis on growing more pounds of food rather than higher-value food, the SIFT farm has selected a few staple crops to expand to meet those needs. John and Victorian chat about why the SIFT farm has made these changes, which organizations they are donating to, and how addressing community needs has influenced production plans for the upcoming year.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast:
SIFT farm website
Curtis Strong’s Facebook page
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