Ściborówka farm – is an agritourism farm, an organic farm located in a beautiful landscape area, close to the forest, in the Małopolska Voivodeship, in the southern part of Poland. There are many biking paths in the area, on which one can enjoy the beauty of nature and tradition.The owner, Danuta Ścibor, has been running an eco-agritourism farm for 16 years. The farm is certified organically.
Educational packages are for both children and the elderly, disabled, they are adjusted for a given group of recipients.
The owners inherited the farm from their parents in law. They have been living in Małopolska Voivodeship for generations. Ecology is very important to them, which is why they run a certified organic farm. The natural and landscape conditions are suitable for organic farming and agritourism activities.
The owner, Danuta Ścibor, started to work on this farm in 2002. The farm has goats, hens and ducks on 3.74 ha of mixed fields (plough field, green house, forests).There is also all facilities necessary to do lead agritourism activities e.g. swimming pool, playground for children, grill under the roof, etc.
The farm owner started it 16 years ago from scratch. At the beginning Danuta has been doing conventional agriculture with animal and plant production. Over the time she was converting this farm from a conventional one to a multifunctional farm.
As part of agritourism, the farm has five rooms for guests, and meals are also offered. Spices are usually made on the basis of the traditional cuisine.
In addition to the agritourism, handicraft products linked to the local culture, such as decoupage, are also produced on the farm. The owner is very active and willingly cooperates with other residents. This is illustrated by her engagement in the blog devoted to handicrafts.
The most important milestones in the farm´s development over the last 16 years:
- Starting a farm using organic methods – a certified farm.
- Starting animals (horses, cows) breeding
- Beginning of baking bread
- Starting agritourism business.
- Creation of educational workshops.
mentioned above milestones have been achieved already by the owner.
The owners inherited the farm and did not use any subsidies for that. They used their own savings to invest in the farm. The main investments are dedicated for the adaptation of the existing facilities for agritourism. The owner gains her main income from non-farming full-time employment. The farm and non-agricultural activities are an additional source of income. Currently, the owners use direct subsidies to the farm from the EU. Since the owner of the farm does it for idealistic reasons and it is an additional occupation, the income of the farm covers mainly the costs. The only source of limited income comes from the educational workshops.
Innovation in tourism plays a key role in achieving economic success, especially in the context of launching new tourist products. For about two decades, rural areas in Poland have seen the development of rural tourism, including agritourism, also in the area of introducing new products and improving the quality of services provided, while promoting the organic approach.
The farm is part of the concept of balanced development of rural areas, because in addition to the basic agricultural activity in the ecosystem, additional non-agricultural activities are carried out like handicrafts, agritourism and educational activities – as an innovative activity.
According to Danuta, in order to carry out such activities, it is necessary to take part in a number of courses. Many of them were attended by the owner herself.
Plans for the future are further pursuit of educational activities with particular emphasis on the promotion of ecology and handicrafts. She plans to increase the number of workshops on her farm in order to teach different groups of beneficiaries about handicrafts. She plans to develop more of those handicrafts workshops.
Tips for the learner
To run a farm with such a wide range of activities one has to be assertive and one has to have a lot of self-confidence. Additionally it is also important that the person likes to be around people and children and is open and creative.
To run such a business you have to develop permanently new activities to make your offer more attractive. But this makes it simultaneously more attractive for you as the owner.
Authors: PhD Małgorzata Bogusz, Msc Maciej Dymacz