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I usually make a tree house sort of thing, get my settlers in it, and cut off access to the ground.

Do I need someone on the ground to farm, or can they do it from the tree house?

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    A more general question of "do settlers need access to stuff for it to work or is assignement enough" would fare better, that is strangely specific. And weird. What do you do when more arrive?
    – Deltharis
    Dec 23, 2015 at 0:04
  • When you assign a settler to food production they go to the plants and perform an animation where they bend down and tend to the plants. But I don't know what happens if they can't reach the plants and whether they still produce food.
    – boomstick
    Dec 30, 2015 at 20:09
  • The one garden I bothered to build is in a backyard, right up against a house. I'm constantly finding one or two NPCs clipping into the house almost entirely. I'm guessing they still technically "have access" but it may also be an indicator that the whole thing is just for show. You don't need a complicated "treehouse" to test this either. Just set up a bell, call the NPCs, then put up walls all around them so they can't go anywhere.
    – Iszi
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:38
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    So, a treehouse jail for those who follow the recruitment signal to your trap? Thats hilarious :D
    – Bounce
    Feb 18, 2016 at 14:04

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Your settlers do not need to have physical access to the the tasks they've been assigned to. Scavengers and farmers will still collect resources even if they cannot reach them.

However, I have noticed that settlers will not be at the last locations they were when I fast travel away and subsequently return to settlements. This means you may find settlers tending to crops on the ground when returning to your settlement.

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