I like to build my farms really, really large – not right from the start, but once I get established I love the look of massive fields. For me, Stonehearth is all about the aesthetics… I have other games to play when I want a more detailed simulation; but while Stonehearth is still being built up I’m most interested in the features that are already complete. At the moment, that basically means building really pretty things – that’s the only part of the game experience which doesn’t require more things to be hooked into it later in the development. So, while I wait for those things to come (and I know they’re coming in good time, I’m aware that this is a long journey), I’m enjoying building really, really pretty things lol.
Because I’m absolutely finnicky about tiny details, I can’t stand having that “double line” of crops when two max-sized farms are beside each other. So, I generally build 10x11 farms so that I can run as many of them side-by-side as I want, and they’ll look like a single massive, continuous field.
Of course, this means that efficiency goes out the window. Fortunately, I rarely need to worry about that – by the time I’m building my massive farms, I’ve got a stable setup. In the early game, I go for something much closer to @Aviex’s design, although I don’t put the roads in since the “temporary” farms will be built very close to the “temporary” kitchen anyway.