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The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s popular summer gardening and market-farming workshop series begins May 21 with a practical look at preparing an organic garden. NCAT operates a high-altitude urban demonstration farm in Butte through its Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program (SIFT) that is focused on food production for the good of the community. NCAT staff will host the free monthly Saturday workshops from 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP for the SIFT Series events here. The workshops will be held at NCAT’s SIFT farm, located at 3040 Continental Drive in Butte. The May 21 workshop will be a hands-on lesson in composting basics, including organic potting...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, two agriculture specialists who work out of NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana, talk about responding to the unexpectedly dry and hot conditions of this year’s growing season. NCAT’s Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program (SIFT) operates a high-altitude urban demonstration farm in Butte. Farm manager John Wallace and NCAT Rocky Mountain West Regional Director Andrew Coggins give an update on the changes in crops, pest management, and growing strategies the season brought, and their efforts to work with, not against, the changes. ATTRA Resources: SIFT. Small Scale Intensive Farm Training SIFT 2018: Lessons from a...

In this episode, Andrew Coggins, director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Rocky Mountain West regional office, continues his conversation with farm manager John Wallace about research in season extension and other topics at NCAT’s SIFT farm. Both Andrew and John work out of Butte, Montana. SIFT — or Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program — aims to help communities increase their food security by producing their own healthy food. SIFT, with NCAT, has a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at our Butte office. This farm is the center of a program that teaches farmers and future farmers, urban food...

I've spent most of my life working in large-scale crop production. Through this work, I've developed a passion for growing food and feeding people, which feels even more important right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Andrew Coggins, NCAT Rocky Mountain West Regional Director...

Today’s episode is about hydroponic systems NCAT has used at its Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program (SIFT) demonstration farm. Lilianna Bento, Energy Corps Intern at NCAT, interviews Andrew Coggins, Director of NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West regional office in Butte, Montana, about innovations and simplifications made to their hydroponic system since 2016. For more information on this topic, you can contact Andrew Coggins directly at andrewc@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: SIFT 2018: Lessons from a Small-Scale Urban Intensive Farm SIFT 2019: Continuing Lessons from a Small-Scale Urban Intensive Farm SIFT Blogs: Hydroponics: Root Indicators By John Wallace, SIFT Farm Manager SIFT Hydroponics System By Westley Lund, SIFT Intern Small Hydroponics Experiment Comparing...

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...