| landuse = farmland
|Area of farmland used for tillage and pasture.|
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An area of farmland used for tillage and pasture (animals, vegetables, flowers, fruit growing).
Caution: landuse=farm has been incorrectly used to tag farmyards (this was a result of the ambiguous meaning of the word farm in English and even more in the German translations). Currently, landuse=farmland is used as equivalent for landuse=farm and used about the same number of times.
To tag an area of land with farm buildings like farmhouses, dwellings, farmsteads, sheds, stables, barns, equipment sheds, feed bunkers, etc. plus the open space in between them and the shrubbery/trees around them, the tag landuse=farmyard should be used.
Obviously in many parts of the world we can expect very large swathes of land (almost everywhere outside of our towns and cities) to be used for farming, and therefore tagged landuse=farm. This may raise some interesting questions about how to handle landuse in general. A more general page on this topic is Land use and areas of natural land. But for the time being perhaps we should follow the Wakefield (permalink) example, and just get on with it!
Also note that many mappers prefer the more specific tags landuse=meadow for meadows and pastures (what is labelled landuse=farm in the picture), landuse=orchard for fruit orchards, and use landuse=farm for cropland only.
It is often useful to map the field boundaries within a farm area, especially when many public rights of way follow these boundaries. The use of various barrier tags is appropriate in this case.
The tag farm had been misunderstood by some users (notably by many German people) and used for tagging also farmyards. As a consequence the tag farmland was adopted to denote tillage and pasture. At the moment both farm and farmland are used, the former probable still for some farmyards, the latter is the preset value in JOSM. See Proposed_features/farmland.
Community supported agriculture
A farm_boxes tag is currently proposed for marking community supported agriculture (CSA) distribution and pickup points. In some cases this tag would be appropriate to use on existing farms. See the tag proposal page for more information.