Production, processing and consumption within Slovenian agrarian space are fragmented due to physical constraints (72.4% of the territory categorised as ANC) and socio-geographic factors. Based on available data, five essential building blocks of contemporary Slovenian agrarian space (available land, change management, integrated circular economy, adjustable policies, and flexibility of institutions) are discussed. Interrelations among the building blocks shape the modernisation trajectories of approx. 70,000 agricultural holdings in Slovenia. The coexistence of three modernisation trajectories, i.e. practised autarky, various forms of pluri-activity, and small-scale intensive and innovative modernisation, creates a complex mosaic. The governance of multifunctional and multi-structured agrarian space is becoming more demanding.
Family farms play an important role in the development of European and Slovenian rural areas, although their number is constantly declining. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate how and in which areas the farms should be adaptable or flexible in order to contribute to the implementation of sustainable rural development in Slovenia. In explaining the flexibility we used the adaptation cycle, which captures non-linear dynamics of socio-environmental systems and qualitatively illustrates various types of changes. A flexible farm therefore represents a socio-environmental system that must be able to manage the adjustment cycle. With social and other changes in farming, there are more and more frequent uncertain phases of farming: the farm must learn to react to disruptions, mitigate shocks, adapt to change, and (relatively quickly) form new, flexible patterns of operation.
In the scientific monography, which represents a comparative study of tourism in the area of daily migration in different European countries, we present the relationship between supply and demand in the field of tourism on the farm. The article focuses on the display of the spatial distribution of tourist farms in Slovenia and analyses their offer (catering and non-residential services on the farm with registered supplementary activity on the farm). The results show, that the share of tourist farms in tourist visits is very modest and brings two conclusions. (1) Tourist farms have already developed a strategy for addressing different target groups through the Association of Tourist Farms of Slovenia. Modern visitors, for the most part, require more and more individualisation of programs. For tourist farms, this will be an increasing pressure for continuous adjustment to the demands and expectations of various groups of visitors, with the fact that tourist farms must maintain the main attractiveness of their tourist offer (familiarity, home-made food and beverages, traceability of food source products, ununiform supply). (2) The marketing of tourist farm services is mostly done through the Catalog of tourist farms and the e-portal, which placed many farms in the area of daily migration and in a more remote countryside on a tourist map. If the tourist farms wanted and could adopt a more constant flow of visitors, they should, inter alia, more actively (as analysed in the example of the Goriška Brda) engage in the design of destination marketing.