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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
“Field notes: late blight in ‘09, how to avoid it in ‘10”
Organic Consumers - 10/29/2009.
By Amy LeBlanc – Having late blight arrive in my gardens in 2009 was like adding insult to injury. We managed to miss the early round of blight as we grow all our own seedlings. It did arrive on the wind however, and around July 18th I had decisions to make. Basically I decided I was NOT going to lose my tomato crop. That meant getting an NOP approved copper fungicide formulation – Champ WG. And we bought two new hand-held sprayers.
Reasons aplenty for raising, hunting your own meat
Portland Press Herald - 10/28/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Turns out most people don't like seeing the true face of food. This became clear after the Oct. 7 edition of the Press Herald hit subscribers' doorsteps. When readers flipped to the Food & Dining section they found themselves confronted with the crispy face of a roasted pig.
Smaller pumpkins, better pies
Portland Press Herald - 10/28/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – Fall means mounds of pumpkins – enormous Halloween jack-o'-lanterns in all sorts of phantasmagorical shapes, and the small "baby" or sugar pumpkins, which, because they are sweeter and less fibrous, are a better choice for cooking and eating.
Journal article says suppressed study found GM corn killed ladybugs
Organic Consumers - 10/27/2009.
By Ken Roseboro – A recent article in Nature Biotechnology on how biotechnology companies restrict independent research described a study showing that a genetically modified corn killed ladybugs. The study was suppressed by the corn's developer.
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