We are on a 1/2 acre property which slopes to the west. We use the land and grow on it. There are big questions about owning, using, renting, or sharing land that is used to grow food. We spent the first two months figuring out the best way to survey the land. We bought some “land” measuring tape and did some surveying with bamboo sticks and took large steps and a permaculture friend shared his triangulation technique. We spent a lot of time on GoogleEarth. We wanted to know the size and slope of the land to decide how to plant and how to best use the water.
Months later we accessed files that a land surveyor did years before we arrived that measured the size, slope, trees, and buildings on the land.