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Mapping Your Homestead Site

Part of "Planning Your Homestead"


This segment shows you how to map your site using cues from the land, the track of the sun, slopes, and other factors that you have observed from your work in the previous segment Assessing Your Site.  


The Useful Links in this segment introduce you to a mapping technique called "permaculture design." It is an approach to planning that works closely with the land and environmental characteristics with minimal intrusion on its natural qualities, minimizing waste and workload. In this way, permaculture design is very close to the approach of ahupua‘a systems. 


Mapping your site will help you to transform your understanding your land into a sensible, not haphazard, action plan.


Map your site based on your observations of how the water flows, times of day when the wind whips up, the grades and curves that will affect erosion, how your trees and plants receive sun and rain, and how your land is situated in relation to your neighbors.

Ready to start?

Go to the first link of this segment: Sun Track Mapping, a repeat of a link previously shared in the segment Assessing Your Site.  Then move on to a guide on how to apply permaculture principles to your mapping.


Useful Links:
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Documenting the path of the sun across your land will help determine your garden and homestead design.This link is also part of the segment Assessing Your Site. It is included again here because of its importance for your mapping.

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Homestead Mapping Examples

Detailed instructions on how to create the main maps for your homestead success. From Tenth Acre Farm.

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Lots of easy-to-read advice on how to work with the contours of the land, water and sun paths for a sustainable farm homestead.

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Planning Your Homestead

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