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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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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 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
Bates student gives up potential career as doctor to become family’s eighth generation of farmers
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2012.

By Kathryn Skelton – Poland: Tomi Chipman was sitting in an anthropology class at Bates College in Lewiston, on a premed track, and realized she would rather be out in the field with her dad. By last fall, she had made up her mind. When she graduates, Chipman wants to be a farmer.

Maine gardener: months into gardening season, and still plenty to plant
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/17/2012.

By Tom Atwell – This has been a strange year for gardening – ahead of schedule and behind at the same time. We planted our first round of peas in late March, earlier than ever before, and they are doing well. There are a few tiny, unfilled pods and lots of blossoms.

Farmers, gardeners learn new skills at Farm and Homestead Day in Unity
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2012.
By Heather Steeves – Unity: When Richard Scott scythes a field, his hips rotate and his arms wave the curved blade gently through the grass, which slumps over instantly. When Jericho Bicknell, of Dover-Foxcroft, scythed the same grassy area on Saturday morning, such was not the case.
The buzz on the bees
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/17/2012.
By Deirdre Fleming – Arundel: Kirstan Watson enjoyed having dozens of honeybees buzzing around her as she inspected one of her three hives. At the other two stacked boxes, there were few bees in the air. But at the one healthy hive, Watson was like an air traffic controller at a busy airport.
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