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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.

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By Madeline St. Amour - A group of 14 campers gathered in Cassidy’s Kitchen to learn how to make mozzarella cheese on Friday. Some campers sat on the two long tables in the one-room building and others stood as counselor Cody Maroon, 20, read a children’s book that explained the process.
Farm to workplace: CSAs get hyper local
Bangor Daily News - 7/2/2016.
By Kathleen Pierce - A truck pulls up to Maine Medical Center, and stethoscope-draped employees in white coats grab boxes. Contained within, a farm-fresh bounty of rhubarb, strawberries, peas and mushrooms awaits. This new workplace farm share from Lakeside Family Farm in Newport makes it easy for office workers across the state to eat local and healthy.
Time’s up! Vermont GMO labeling law takes effect
Politico - 7/1/2016.
By Catherine Boudreau - VT GMO LABELING LAW IS LIVE: Well, it’s happened. Despite lawsuits and intense lobbying in Washington, Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law takes effect Friday. While enforcement won’t start until next year – if the measure is still standing by then – Vermonters will celebrate Friday with a lunchtime fete on the statehouse lawn complete with speeches from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Sen. Pat Leahy, and a little Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Advocates for organic foods criticize Collins and King for votes on GMO labeling
Portland Press Herald - 7/1/2016.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association is leveling criticism against both of Maine’s U.S. senators for their votes this week that could lead to a federal law that would overturn a Maine law requiring labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms.
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