Mapper's Challenge #21 — June 2018 — Let's Eat

Posted by Alessa on 14 June 2018 in Maltese (Malti).

Hello, everyone!

I apologize that various things kept me away from mapping the last three weeks. As a result, I’m late. My apologies. I want to also mention that last month’s entries were amazing! I still have yet to reply to all of them, but I’ve seen them. Quite great work, everyone. Now, for this month I have a simple challenge that can have far-reaching ramifications. For the rest of June, the challenge involves both mapping and the wiki, for those that use it. It can also be a continuation of the previous month’s challenge.

It has long bothered me: where do the OGF denizens get their food from? Your task will be find a small area and begin cultivating an agricultural industry of some type. The level of complexity and size will be up to you, but try to be detailed where possible. This is more than a “place-a-farm” challenge this month. Certain crops also require certain planting patterns. Can this be reflected in your mapping? What about livestock? Are there fences, pens, stables, or barns? If you are a seasoned user, this gives you the chance to show off; it’s also designed to be a practice run for all level of mappers to solicit feedback and improve skills. We all can better, right?

Where does the wiki come in? I’m glad you asked. As you begin placing the agriculture, put a note on your country page. You may also wish to add your locations to the world map of agricultural production. Things that may influence your industry are culture, climate, and even soil types. Don’t be afraid to address why your country specializes in a particular thing.

As you complete your new work, share it for the community. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a friend! As always, I’ll do my best to provide feedback where I can.

Now, I have to get caught up on all the great entries from last month! Good luck, everyone!

Comment from kingfries on 15 June 2018 at 14:53

Oh damn, I forgot about last months challenge. Uh, take a look around. This months challenge: This might be a problem for me as I’m a city person who has grown up with police sirens and jets passing overhead instead of cow mooing, so I’ll have to take a look at RW farms first, having been at a farm only 3-4 times in my life so far. Certainly interesting although dont count on me participating. Does urban farming count aswell? Anyways, Happy mapping to you all.

Comment from Alessa on 15 June 2018 at 15:55

@kingfries: That’s an incredibly dense population you have on that small islet. I’m curious as to the backstory for that type of a settlement. I love the level of detail with the businesses. One thing I notice is that the buildings are too close to the street, it appears. The street itself (unless it is one narrow lane in one direction) will need 3m on either side just for the pavement. Another meter minimum would be needed for pedestrian space. Even then, it’s really tight. I’d suggest making more of those streets (if not most of them) pedestrian and having oneway streets with one lane go through the city. That would help, but you’ll still need to consider the width. As for urban farming: go for it! That’s a creative way of doing things. I know a few people that do small-scale and medium-scale urban farming. That’d be a clever solution to cultivating food.

Comment from zhenkang on 16 June 2018 at 03:01

Urban farming exists. In my country Singapore the government is encouraging urban farming due to limited land spaces. We even have vertical farming and farms on rooftops. Singapore is aiming for at least 10% of our food comes from local production in the future. Singapore used to have large areas for farms, before the govt come and demolished all the Kampungs (villages with farms) and replace them with HDBs (flats). The remaining land for actual farming is at Kranji or the NW parts of Singapore.

I am unsure about other RW nations, but Singapore is one of the best examples. You can do some research and explore a bit of Singapore farms.

Besides farms for crops, there are also fish farms. In Kukup, Johor, Malaysia (just across the 2nd link) there are floating fish farms in the sea. Just wondrering how these can be mapped.

Comment from oneofbeatlefan on 17 June 2018 at 18:08

Hello, does palm oil plantation count as a farm?

Comment from Alessa on 18 June 2018 at 12:27

@oneofbeatlefan: Yes, palm oil is an agricultural product. It’s an interesting one, too, since current techniques have quite the large environmental impact. A plantation could cause extreme deforestation and a lot of other irreversible damage. It makes for some interesting mapping.

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