Case Studies

The micro-biogas plant is located in Studzionka, Silesia voivodship in Poland. The owners work on their own 40 ha farm, where thery grow mostly corn and cereals. Additionally, they are breeding 300 pigs and 12.000 of hens. There are 5 person working on the farm – all family members. The pigs and hens are producing manure to supply the biogas plant.

The Property Rutka is located in the south-east part of Poland in the village Puchaczów near Łęczna, Lubelskie voivodship. The farm is 80 ha big and 5 people are working on it (the two owners and 3 permanent staff). The agricultural activity of the Property Rutka covers breeding of the horses, gooses, cows and sheep. Additionally, the farmer‘s strategy is diversifiction of their activities: they also offer rural tourism atractions, breeding old breeds, producing organic chees and other food, organising thematic events.

      

The project odrolnika.pl (Package from a farmer) has been implemented since June 2010 by a group of eight farmers. Seven of them have their farms in the Malopolska province in the district of Tarnow, and one is located in Podkarpackie province, in the district Debica – in southern Poland. The regions are characterized by high fragmentation; farms are located in the geographical area of the Carpathians. The agricultural holdings manage areas ranging from 1 ha to 20 ha of agricultural land, but most households oscillates around the average for the province of Malopolska - approx. 3 ha. The farms specialize in the production of fruit and vegetables.

The farm Ściborówka is located in the south part of Poland, in Małopolska voivodship, about 30 km from Kraków. It is a very attractive landscape with the beautiful view on the Tatra Mountain. The property is 2.5 ha big. There is mixed agricultural production – farming and livestock. The farm is working in the organic system and all products are certified.

      

After the entrepreneur started his agriculture in 2009, he now farms 20 ha (2.5 hectares own land) and specialized in agriculture with old animal breeds (cattle, pigs, sheep, geese, chickens). He offers his customers "animal leasing". He also runs a guesthouse and a small restaurant, where he offers small dishes of his own products. There is also art and culture at the farm (painting, exhibitions, piano lessons).

      

The farm is based on approx. 100 hectares of grassland, of which approximately 40% are classified as biotopes. It is a region with very few yield.

      

The dairy farm in the vicinity of Graz began to market directly in the 1990’s.

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