Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SIFT News -- March 2012

SIFT: Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program

SIFT Sowing Idea of Sustainable Gardens with Community Advocates
As the SIFT farm continues to grow at the NCAT headquarters in Butte, we’re taking the first steps to help other community organizations explore the benefits of sustainable urban agriculture. And those benefits go beyond the fresh, nutritional food a garden would provide. >> more

The Importance of Soil Testing in Urban Gardening
Communities are embracing urban agriculture and developing urban gardens on sites previously used for industrial and commercial purposes. In addition to the health benefits of gardening and fresh, local produce, a garden on formerly blighted land can become a new community asset with the potential to increase property values for adjacent properties, improve neighborhood aesthetics, and grow social capital and community pride. >> more

Help Us Help Others!
All across the country, food banks and shelters are struggling to provide food for their low-income clients. Our home community of Butte, Montana, is no exception. In 2011, the Butte Community Food Bank distributed 1.25 million pounds of food, serving 24,887 people, including 6,405 children. The Head Start program served 227 families in 2011 and has a waiting list of still more needy families awaiting services.>>more

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