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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
10 tips for a sustainable Thanksgiving
Civil Eats - 11/23/2010.
By Sarah Newman – Since I started this holiday tips tradition a few years ago, the sustainable food movement continues to transform fields of corn, soy and CAFOs to more verdant, bountiful lands filled with organic produce, heirloom greens and pasture-raised livestock.
Cookies sure to please pumpkin fans
Bangor Daily News - 11/23/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – What else can a person do with cooked pumpkin? Of course, there are pumpkin breads and pumpkin muffins and pumpkin doughnuts at the bakeries, and I think I have even spotted pumpkin whoopie pies. Nancy-Linn Ellis from Stockton Springs, proprietor of Maine Temptations, sent along this pumpkin cookie recipe.
Former jail readies for new role in community
Kennebec Journal - 11/22/2010.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: A metal smith has his eye on the overnight “drunk tank” at the old county jail downtown. A knitter is fixing up a retail area next to the jail’s former command center. Pottery is being made in an area corrections officials used call the sally port, where prisoners were brought for booking and processing.
Our disappearing apples
The Atlantic - 11/22/2010.
By Ed Yowell – It has been a long time since our European forebears brought forth on this continent the apple, the fruit we have come to regard as quintessentially American. In fact, apples first got here from their native Kazakhstan via Western Europe in the 17th century.
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