MARTIN KOSTANJEVAC

1. Intro

Martin will take over the firm he never lived on. The owner of the farm was his grandmother and after she died, the family decided that Martin takes over. There is still his grandfather living there, but is more controversially oriented and is not in favor of any changes. So Martin has decided that he will make bigger changes and will totally devote himself to the farm, after his grandfather, who is now 88 years old, will be gone. Martin didn’t go to the Agricultural High School, but did continued his higher education in rural and landscape management. He is now working in some part time jobs, but is constantly learning about agriculture and is very interested in everything connected to farming. He is very interested in farming and would love to work in agriculture. He is sure he it can bring him creativity, independence and dignity.

2. Promoter Profile

Name Martin Kostanjevac
Age 33
Gender M
Education Martin just finished his High School education when he and his family decided about the succession of the farm. So after high school he decided to continue his higher education in rural and landscape management which he is now finishing.
Marital status Single
Number of children 0

3. Farm Profile

Address Sedinja vas pri Dvoru 22, 8361 Dvor
Farm Area in ha 16 ha
Date since when the family owns the farm For more generations. As far as he remember
Nº of workers on the farm (Family members) 1 (Full time) 0 (Part-time)
Nº of workers on the farm (Other than family members) 0

Farm description before succession

The farm lays in “Suhakrajina”, close to the town called “Žužemberk” in the Southern part of central Slovenia. The area is typical karst with shallow soil and water deficient that, in the time of rain, quickly sinks and drain into the underground. The farms in the area are typical traditional self-sufficient farms with agricultural and livestock activities and mostly older owners. The younger population is mostly moving away or are working in towns with industry. It is similar with Martin’s farm. Now that only his grandfather is living on the farm, he is only managing self-sufficiency in poultry and some vegetables growth. Martin sees farm development mostly in growing organic and ecological vegetables, but it turned out that his relationship with his grandfather is too intense, because he has different views about the farm. That is why he decided he first wants to be totally independent and then become completely devoted to the farm.

FARM DESCRIPTION AFTER SUCCESSION

The farm hasn’t face any major changes yet. Martin is already official successor, but because of the conflicts with his grandfather, he abandoned the idea of completely devoting himself to the farm now that his grandfather is still living there. He sees major challenge in transforming the farm into the ecological (organic) farming of vegetables. He knows that takes a lot of work and knowledge, but believes that he can do it. He is optimistic especially because he sees that many other farms have successfully went through that kind of change in recent years. This kind of transformation is also possible with different programs from tenders for rural development.

4. Succession Process

Martins case is special in the way that he is taking over the farm from his grandmother and that he never lieved or work on the farm.But when he become successor the farm become his live and buissiness challenge.He began with farm activities as soon as he took over the farm but he soon had to face an opposition from his grandfather becouse of different views on the farm development.As he realised that comunication and conflict is not productive he decided to postpone more intensive engagement in farming for the time when he will be able to make his own indipendent decisions.

Threats/Challenges

For now it looks that Martin consider that problems are just temporary and is still very enthusiastic about his farm. Now he is doing some occasional jobs not related to farm work.He claims that there is no chance to change his mind on farming.

In Martins case there are generation differences among Martin and his grandfather. Martin is ambitious and more buissiness oriented. Grandfather is satisfied with the status quo on the farm.

Martin is coming from urban enviroment and granfather spend all the life in rural area so there are some cultural differencis also involved.

Main Training/Skills/Competences

For Martin it seems his personal characteristics are crucial.He is mature, well educated not only in agricultural field.

 

Martin was awere that successon process is not easy, and he was ready for comunication and adjustments but he was surprised that in his case it brings no results.

He is patiente, determined and confident. In life he can do many thing for living. Different skills and knowledge helps him.

 

Martin, in spite of the current status quo because of disagreements with its predecessor is optimistic and determined to realize his vision of the development of the farm when it will come time.He recommended that it is sometimes necessary to adjust the plans and that there is no need to waste energy on fruitless confilct. He believes that one is capable of realizing its vision and goals, and the route should be selected depending on the circumstances.

MARTIN KOSTANJEVAC

5. Considerations, skills/competences and queries/questions.

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