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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
Oxfam: World's Largest Food Companies Creating Legacy of Destruction
Common Dreams - 2/26/2013.
By Jon Queally - The world's largest food and beverage companies may be profitable, but according to Oxfam International their practices are helping to destroy not only the natural resources that support a global food system but the lives of the people they depend on most: their employees and their customers.
Breast cancer and the environment: Women's exposures early in life could unlock mysteries
Environmental Health News - 2/26/2013.
By Lindsey Konkel - Deep in a laboratory freezer, 100,000 vials of blood have been frozen for the better part of five decades. Scientists say these vials could help them unravel one of the most enduring medical mysteries: Why do some women, with no family history, develop breast cancer?
Charts: World's GMO Crop Fields Could Cover the US 1.5 Times Over
Mother Jones - 2/26/2013.
By Jaeah Lee - Despite persisting concerns over genetically modified crops, a new industry report shows that GMO farming is taking off around the world. In 2012, GMO crops grew on about 420 million acres of land in 28 countries worldwide, a record high.
Mass. man has new idea for expired food
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2013.
Associated Press - Doug Rauch, former president of the Trader Joe’s grocery chain, wants to open a store in Dorchester, Mass., to sell food past its sell-by date at discount rates, to help feed low-income families. One study says the average grocery store discards $2,300 worth of out-of-date food daily.
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