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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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Unity, Maine

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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
More than 112 Maine farms to open doors to public
Bangor Daily News - 7/20/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – On Sunday, July 24, more than 112 farms throughout all 16 counties will open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb said the annual Open Farm Day gives families and visitors the chance to experience life and work on Maine’s farms. This is the 22nd year of celebrating Maine’s Open Farm Day.
Summer fairs nearly here
Kennebec Journal - 7/20/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Pittston: Steve Welton put the finishing touches on exterior stone facing at the fairground's new exhibition hall Tuesday. The East Pittston mason said the job will be finished by Thursday – opening day of the Pittston Fair, the 60-year-old fair that kicks off central Maine's agricultural fair season.
South Portland farmers market meets demand
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Blue sky, a light breeze and the city's mayor dressed as a watermelon greeted the hundreds of people who showed up last Thursday afternoon for the opening day of the South Portland Farmers Market. Held in Thomas Knight Park on the South Portland waterfront, the market came to fruition after the City Council amended its zoning and licensing rules to allow the market more flexibility.
Kneading Conference rolls up its sleeves
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Mary Burr and her husband Bob were so inspired by the first Kneading Conference in Skowhegan that they went home and grew three acres of barley on their sheep farm in Mercer. They began converting their sheep operation into a vegetable farm, and started thinking about what was next.
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