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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 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
Local Food May Feel Good, But It Doesn't Pay
National Public Radio - 3/18/2013.
By Adam Allington - The market for locally-grown food has seen dramatic growth over the last decade. Despite this boost in sales and popularity, evidence suggests that the economics behind the movement still don't favor the farmer.
How We Could Prevent Massive Bee Deaths and Save Our Food
Alternet - 3/18/2013.
If you like almonds, then 2013 brought some bad news. Each year, honeybees from across the country make the trek to California, which grows 80 percent of the world’s almonds, to pollinate the almond crop. But bees have been dying in unusually large numbers for several years now, and this year appears worse than most.
Stopping a CAFO: The Biggest Victory You Never Heard About
Grace - 3/18/2013.
By Chris Hunt - An unprecedented win: a small group of concerned citizens called Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards (HOMES) successfully prevented industrial dairy magnate A. J. Bos from building what would have been the state’s largest dairy - despite the fact that construction of the facility had already been more than halfway completed.
Belfast food hub creates market for local vendors
Mainebiz - 3/18/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - The world almost didn't get to taste Julie Romano's salsa. "Because it was a fresh product, I couldn't make it in a home kitchen," she says. Then she heard about plans to retrofit the old Moss manufacturing building on Route 1 on the outskirts of Belfast and convert the space into a food storage and processing center.
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