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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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Julia Shanks
Julia Shanks
The Farmer's Office by Julia Shanks

Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks
February 25, 2018
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
30 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine
$100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm.

This full-day workshop is designed to help established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. The goals of the workshop are to plan for profit, examine YOUR farm enterprises, better understand financial statements and learn about recordkeeping.

Instructor Julia Shanks is the author of "The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business." She works with farmers throughout New England to develop bookkeeping systems and manage their businesses for profitability and growth.

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Federal Reserve Puts Its Money on Regional Food Systems
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 8/4/2017.
The Federal Reserve, better known for setting the nation’s monetary policy than promoting locally-grown produce, released a book this week celebrating the growing local and regional farm and food sectors as key drivers of economic and community development. Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities, produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), concludes that one of the best solutions to economic challenges in both rural and urban America is the rebirth of regional food economies.
Want to buy a farm? Maine’s farm real estate is least expensive in the East
Portland Press Herald - 8/4/2017.
By Alan Bjerga and Dominic Carey - Ready to quit the city, buy a farm and live out your rural fantasy? Bargains can be found in South Dakota, but you better move quickly in California, which is getting pricey.
Benefit Corp. DanoneWave Has a Special Pledge for Dairy Farmers
Triple Pundit - 8/4/2017.
By Leon Kaye - DanoneWave, the outcome of Danone’s $12.5 billion acquisition of WhiteWave Foods earlier this year, is now the largest public benefit corporation in the U.S. In addition to its commitment to reduce the number of ingredients in its products, boost water conservation efforts, reduce waste and improve animal welfare, the company now says it wants to build a more sustainable supply chain.
Maine Snapshot Week looks to capture feeling of farmers’ markets
Bangor Daily News - 8/2/2017.
By Lauren Abbate - Farmers’ markets offer more than a place to purchase fresh local produce from the source. It’s a place to connect with your local community, make memories with your family and learn about the local food around you.
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