In the article the authors consider the functioning of small farms. The paper focuses on crucial problems connected with the defi nition of small farms and with their traditional and modern functions. The paper presents farmers’ opinions about small agricultural operations, as information was collected from 100 farmers from Kozienicki county, Poland. The farmers had from 1 to 5 ha of agricultural land. Respondents’ declarations indicate that small farms perform mainly social functions. They expressed their defi nition of a small farm as one having from 1 to 10 ha of agricultural land. The majority of respondents were dissatisfi ed with their agriculture income. Their main reason for continuing activity in agriculture was the fact that they were the only successors in the family


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