Manual farming in Minecraft can be a tedious task, which is exactly why automating the process can save a player’s precious time and allow them to perform other tasks.
By automating the farming process in Minecraft, players can simply build the farm, plant their seeds, and move on to other things. Once the farm has done its job long enough, players can return and harvest their harvest.
The only difficult part of the equation is building the farm in the first place, which can be made easier by implementing a simple layout. The good news is that the community has published a large number of simple auto farms for players of any skill level to use.
Minecraft: Building a Basic Auto Farm
Although many Minecraft farming farms are semi-automatic in nature (they require a button press or lever to activate), it is also possible to fully automate replanting through the use of villagers.
This may sound somewhat daunting, but if players are close to a village, creating a simple, automatic farming farm can be done incredibly easily with just two villagers.
This will allow villagers to tend to a player’s crops while continuing their other projects, and players can come and collect their loot whenever they want.
Building an auto-crop farm with villagers
- Minecraft players should start by farming a 9×9 block area of farmland. This can be done by using a garden hoe and right-clicking on dirt/grass blocks.
- In the middle of the farmland plot, break off the center block and fill it with water using a water bucket.
- Place a composting block over the water source. If players wish, they can also place an additional block on top of the composter to prevent villagers from jumping into the composter and getting stuck. Glowstone blocks can be a huge advantage in this regard.
- Around the outside of the farmland, build a fence or wall at least two blocks high to prevent villagers from escaping or straying too far from the area.
- On one side of the farm, break two wall blocks in the center of the wall. This will be important later.
- Light up the interior of the farm with things like torches, lanterns, or glow stones to ensure the light level stays high at night.
- Back at the column of blocks that were destroyed, Minecraft players must dig a hole one block deep, then continue digging a hole one block to the next block to the left, then three blocks from the farm. If done correctly, players should have a trench starting from the hole in the wall and leading out of the farm.
- At the end of the trench in step 7, place a double chest. Minecraft players then need to place three hoppers connected to the chest in the rest of the trench. Hoppers can be connected to each other, with the hopper closest to the chest connecting to it.
- Build a “chamber” for the villagers around the gap in the wall on three sides, leaving the side facing the farm open, so Minecraft players don’t build blocks on top of their farmland. This chamber should also have an awning on top.
- In the gap in the wall, place a fence at ground level and a hatch under the awning block.
- Minecraft players can now move their villagers to the farm via a boat (they travel on the ground, albeit slowly), a minecart, or a spawn egg if they are playing in creative mode. A villager must be placed on the farmland, where he will claim the composter and become a farmer. The other villager must be placed in the closed chamber.
- Once the villagers are in place, Minecraft players can plant whatever staple crops they’d like on the farmland, such as wheat, beets, carrots, or potatoes. The farming village will tend and replant the crops accordingly and attempt to trade the crops with the isolated villager, resulting in the items ending up in the hoppers and flowing into the chest for collection.
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