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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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, 9:30 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
Farmers celebrating Maine Apple Sunday on Sept. 11
Bangor Daily News - 9/10/2011.
Fairfield: Terri Glidden, farm manager at The Apple Farm in Fairfield, said this year’s apple crop is doing very well. “We might be a week later in picking some varieties, but overall it should be a great season,” she said Friday. Matt Treworgy at Treworgy Family Orchard in Levant said this year could be his farm’s biggest crop ever. “It is going to be really, really good,” he said Friday. At the Mildel Farm in Plymouth, Mildred Levesque echoed that assessment.
Pesticide residues in compost feedstocks are damaging garden plants
Bangor Daily News - 9/10/2011.
By Reeser Manley – Organic gardeners are always on the lookout for compost feedstock: for sources of summer grass clippings, autumn leaves, barnyard manure and stable litter. I’ve been known to rake a neighbor’s lawn for the leaves. You can never have too much. In the last two weeks of August, Marjorie and I stockpiled two pickup loads of composted goat manure from a local organic farm, covering the pile with tarps to prevent leaching of the valuable nutrients, and two loads of hardwood chips for resurfacing the vegetable garden pathways come spring. Never enough.
Superweeds go mainstream
Grist - 9/9/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – I don't expect that Monsanto takes much notice when articles about superweeds – plants that have developed resistance to its flagship RoundUp herbicide and its active ingredient glyphosate – appear in Grist, Scientific American, Mother Jones or even The New York Times. But when the mainstream business press writes about the subject, as Bloomberg BusinessWeek did under the headline "Attack of the Superweeds," I have to believe that Monsanto's top brass starts to worry.
Old-style apples saving orchards
Kennebec Journal - 9/8/2011.
By Clarke Canfield – Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion. After nearly disappearing from the marketplace, apple varieties that were popular decades or even centuries ago are making a resurgence. The varieties, known as antique or heirloom apples, number in the thousands and carry names such as Sheepnose, American Mother, Lady Sweet and Nickajack.
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