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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
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
Farm Living (Subsidized by a Job Elsewhere)
The New York Times - 2/7/2009.
EVER thought of chucking it all and moving to the country? According to the Agriculture Department, an increasing number of Americans are doing just that, by embracing a “Green Acres” lifestyle. But few of them are making a living at it: more often than not, their work in the fields is subsidized by an off-the-farm job.
Gardening year will begin when you plant peas
Bangor Daily News - 2/7/2009.
By Reeser Manley – Planting peas is an inaugural event in the gardening year, an early-spring ritual that starts with spreading composted goat manure over the surface of a sunny, well-drained bed, forking it in, then raking the bed surface level.
Consider alternative to interest
Bangor Daily News - 2/7/2009.
By Ali Shareef – The financial crises of the past few months have resulted in some deep soul-searching as we struggle to understand why what seemed to be the bedrock of financial stability came crumbling down. First Wachovia, the nation’s No. 4 bank holding company, then Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, followed by Merrill Lynch.
Farming in Maine a growing business
Portland Press Herald - 2/6/2009.
More people are farming in Maine – often on smaller specialty farms – as the state's agricultural community works to meet the surge in demand for locally grown produce, dairy and meats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest five-year census this week, showing that the number of farms in Maine increased by 13 percent, to 8,136, from 2002 to 2007, compared with a 4 percent increase nationwide.
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