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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
Orchard would remain farmland with sale
Kennebec Journal - 11/24/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Readfield: There's no guarantee it will remain an orchard. But if the Maine Farmland Trust successfully acquires Kents Hill Orchard on Route 17, the property is guaranteed to remain working farmland, the group's executive director told selectmen Monday night.
Four season farming a positive turn for Maine
Portland Press Herald - 11/24/2009.
Editorial – Winter used to be a time for Maine farmers to rest. Sit by the fire, study seed catalogues, start thinking about maple sugaring time. But for a growing number of Maine farms, cold temperatures and snow on the ground don't mean a break from cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Trust eyes orchard purchase
Kennebec Journal - 11/23/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Kents Hill: It's been on the market for more than a year, its future uncertain. Now, an effort is afoot to keep Kents Hill Orchard working farmland, even under new ownership. Maine Farmland Trust, a Belfast-based farmland preservation group, is brokering a deal to purchase the 84-acre orchard and resell it to someone who would continue to work the land and not develop it.
Veggie season keeps growing
Portland Press Herald - 11/23/2009.
By Beth Quimby – The vegetable-growing season used to end with the first hard frost in Maine. Not anymore. An increasing number of farmers are pushing the growing season into the winter to take advantage of the surging demand for locally grown food. As a result, more farmers are operating greenhouses, branching out into cool-weather crops and creating new markets for their produce.
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