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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.

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Bangor Daily News - 11/9/2011.
By Emily Burnham – Growing season is pretty much done here in Maine, but this weekend at the Bangor Auditorium it’ll be like August all over again with the first-ever Maine Harvest Festival. More than 50 vendors from all over the state will sell their wares and make connections with professional and home chefs.
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By Tom Laskawy – One of the least-discussed but most promising attempts at food system reform was dealt a serious blow the other day. The USDA itself eviscerated its proposed reform to a set of rules which would have given a government division authority to crack down on the way large corporate meatpackers wield power over small and mid-sized ranchers.
How reclaimed hand tools can review the local economy
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By Sami Grover – From the rebirth of distilling in Brooklyn to the sustainability inherent in DIY culture, people around the world are reviving the art of actually making things. And Etsy has been a central force in making that happen. Now Etsy are giving back – celebrating the artisans who are reclaiming DIY.
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