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Top View Mapping – /täp vyo͞o ˈmapiNG/ – noun 

May 8th, 2019

Definition: Top view mapping is used to help create a diagrammatic representation of a farmer’s field and serves as a planning tool for farmers to identify how they can optimize the use of horizontal space in their field. The map is drawn to approximate scale and can be used to estimate the actual land area and border lengths.

Synonym: Horizontal Mapping

In the Forest Garden: To equip farmers with the perspective and information they need to fully utilize the horizontal land area available to them, a top view map should include:

  1. Farm boundaries
  2. Key physical features within the farm
  3. Neighboring features relevant to the farming of the land
  4. An arrow to indicate North that helps orient the map