Case Studies

Within the SEMA project 27 case studies from 7 countries were collected. They portray a great variety of approaches to multifunctional agriculture and represent parts of diversity within the European agricultural sector. What most case studies have in common is the fact that the majority of farmers opted for a multifunctional approach as a reaction to the current conditions in agriculture. The productivist model of agriculture, which allows only the most efficient farms to survive, challenges especially small and midsize farms without the ability to achieve economies of scale. 

      

Bartkuviene‘s farm has been well-known for more than 20 years already. Viktorija‘s parents and grandparents were farmers. They had a lot of hectares of land for farming activities but due to the historical circumstances when the Soviet government nationalized private land and not all rights for the ownership have been restored yet, the amount of the land was reduced. Thus, when Viktorija started working in the farming business they had only 10 Ha. 

Tomas’ farm is located in the north-west part of Lithuania; he has been expanding this farm for 15 years. He is living with his family (wife and 3 kids) in the farm territory. At the moment, they have 10 bison.

The farm Cortijo Cerrajero is located in Granada capital, next to PTS (Technology Park of Health.  It was a family farm that was dedicated to growing the cereal for sale. Juan leases the farm in 2014. The farm was destined to grow  cereal (wheat, barley, corn) for sale. Nowadays to add value to the farm and to value the traditional crop, he leases the orchards. It is also a farm where the direct sale is made. The size of the farm is 4.5 hectares between the Cortijo, the family orchards and the area dedicated to the planting of the asparagus. No one lives on the farm.

   

Francisc Lulea is an electrician and in 2011 he invested all his money into a goats' farm.

The farm is located in the north of Granada capital in Crta Iznalloz-Guadahortuna Km 11. Belonging to the municipal term of Guadahortuna. It was a family farm that in 2007 is divided as an inheritance. This farm was dedicated to the agriculture of cereal, almond and olive groves. As current activities is also a rural accommodation, restaurant, shooting gallery; also is a farm where you can practice small game, horse riding and bullring. Family farm of about 500 hectares that when divided between the brothers has remained in about 179 hectares where it continues cultivating of ecological form crereales, almond trees and olive trees. Finally, in the farm live a landlord and a shepher.

   

Bujor family has lived for more than 20 years out of agriculture. In 2014 they managed to convince the major retailers to sell their cucumbers, and after a month also the tomatoes produced on the lands of Dracea, Teleorman country, reached the hypermarkets in the country.

,,La borcan” (in English “The jar”) is a family farm established in 2013 that cultivates ecologically 2000 square meters, out of which 150 square meters in foil tunnels. The vegetables production consists in tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, onion, carrot, cucumber and almost the entire production is transformed into jars.

The organic - agritourism farm "Bees" - can be found in the Malopolska province in the municipality of Pałecznica in Niezwojowice. The farm is located in the neighborhood of fish ponds with a total area of 4 hectares.

The farm "Goat Meadow" is providing educational services and activities in the field of food processing. It is located in Lower Silesia. The area of the farm is 7.06 ha; in southern Poland and it is a medium size farm. The farm’s agricultural activities focus on an herb garden and permanent grassland producing hay used to feed animals. And of course goats; the herd of about 100 animals is acknowledged in the farm’s name.

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