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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
The ‘hole’ truth about planting trees and shrubs
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/13/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Planting a tree or a shrub in your yard should be easy. You dig a hole in the ground, put the plant in the hole, put the soil back in the hole, water it and then walk away. And while all of this is accurate, it does leave out some information. How deep should you dig the hole? How wide? What should you do to the plant's roots? Should you add anything to the soil? Do you stake the plant?
Chef talks nutrition with Pittsfield students
Bangor Daily News - 3/11/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Pittsfield: Most people would throw away food that has turned purple or lime green, but in the case of cauliflower it’s a change for the better, according to a presentation by an executive chef Thursday at Warsaw Middle School. That didn’t stop noses from wrinkling, heads from shaking and a few audible groans.
Debunking the stubborn myth that only industrial ag can ‘feed the world’
Grist - 3/10/2011.
By Tom Philpott – I've written about it once already, but I want to return to The Economist's recent special series about how industrial agriculture is the true and only way to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the world by 2050. The framing, I think, is extremely interesting.
Decline of honeybees now a global phenomenon, says United Nations
The Independent - 3/10/2011.
By Michael McCarthy – The mysterious collapse of honey-bee colonies is becoming a global phenomenon, scientists working for the United Nations have revealed. Declines in managed bee colonies, seen increasingly in Europe and the US in the past decade, are also now being observed in China and Japan and there are the first signs of African collapses from Egypt.
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