The monograph discusses the intertwined spheres of work and family in farmers in Slovenia. The main results show that in comparison with the non-beneficiaries of state aid Setting up young farmers and Early retirement, the beneficiaries are willing to continue with farming, live on bigger farms, more successfully harmonise various interests of their family members, have higher education and fertility. However, the young farmers as the most likely carriers of agricultural development in Slovenia do not participate in wider social networks; theirs are still limited to closer siblings only.
The chapter presents the results of research on fertility behaviour of farm population in Slovenia. The results show that fertility of farm population is not grounded predominantly by their strong respect for family norms and related values. It is more probable that motivation for a higher number of children among the farm population derives from their specific social context; the social relations of ‘gift exchange’ that help to maintain the particular nature of their everyday livelihoods.