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About Julia Shanks
Julia Shanks, chef and serial entrepreneur - works with food and agricultural entrepreneurs to help them achieve financial and operational sustainability. She provides technical assistance and business coaching that enables them to launch, stabilize and grow their ventures. She is a frequent lecturer on sustainable food systems, accounting and small business management; and sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.
In 1997, after 5 years of cooking in restaurants, Julia launched her first business, Interactive Cuisine. Through this innovative service, she provided informal cooking lessons in the comfort of the home kitchen. The business grew to include corporate team-building through cooking, and garnered local and national press – including Bon Appétit Magazine and The Boston Globe. Her second business, CSACookbooks, created custom cookbooks for small farmers.
Julia received her BA from Hampshire College and an MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Babson College. She is co-author of The Farmers Market Cookbook which received critical praise from The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and Taste of the Seacoast; and was cited as a reference in Michelle Obama’s American Grown. Her second book, The Farmer’s Office will be released in September 2016. In her tiny, urban garden in Cambridge, MA, she harvests vegetables seven months out of the year.