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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
USDA pares farm payments by $152 million due to budget sequester
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2013.
By Charles Abbott, Reuters - The U.S. government will trim payments to 350,000 farmers by about $152 million to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.
Secret to ordering healthier food is seeing how far you have to walk to burn it off
Treehugger - 3/19/2013.
By Jaymi Heimbuch - We've seen that adding nutrition information to menus has helped customers make smarter, healthier decisions about what they're ordering. But what if you also included how far they would have to walk to burn off those calories, for an extra dose of perspective?
Antibiotic use on organic apples and pears proves unnecessary
Natural News - 3/19/2013.
By Carolanne Wright - When we relish a delicious organic apple or pear, we usually don't suspect we are also ingesting a mouthful of antibiotics.
The Folly of Endless Growth on a Finite Planet
Common Dreams - 3/19/2013.
By John Atcheson - Ask any policy wonk, politician or pundit – Republican, Independent or Democrat – about the sine qua non of economic policy, and the chances are pretty good their answer will boil down to one word: growth. But the economy can't continuously grow in a finite world, and we are already bumping up against limits.
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