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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
On job creation – local fruits and vegetables vs. corn and soybeans
Common Dreams - 4/4/2010.
By Ben Lilliston – It turns out that foods that are better for you may also be better for farmers and local job creation. A new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University found that expanding fruit and vegetable production in the upper Midwest could bring significantly more economic benefits than conventional corn and soybean production on the same acreage.
Wild mushroom soup may be a taste acquired later in life
Bangor Daily News - 4/3/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Mushroom soup conversations last year in this column elicited this recipe from Jennifer Whyte, who lives on Islesboro. It is just plain delicious.
Chemicals in the water are bending genders in wildlife – is it happening to us, too?
Alternet - 4/2/2010.
By Stephen Messenger – For decades, substances found in many common products have found their into our planet's water and are altering the hormones of wildlife until, in some cases, it changes their sex entirely – and the same thing may be happening to us.
Sacrificing half your lawn allows you to help feed world’s hungry
Kennebec Journal - 4/2/2010.
By Denis Thoet – Turn your lawn – at least half of it, anyway – into a vegetable garden. Here’s the math: Americans have about 20 million acres of residential lawn. An intensively managed acre of garden can feed 50 families for half a year, or 25 families year-round. So year round, 10 million acres of lawn can feed 250 million families, or roughly the population of North America. That’s a start.
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