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Whether you’re returning to Dwarf Fortress after a long gap year or curious about the longstanding game now that it’s had a massive revamp, farming is one element of the game that can be a bit confusing for unfamiliar players. Here are the easiest ways to farm Dwarf Fortress so you can start supplying your fortress with everything it needs right from the start.
The easiest way to farm in Dwarf Fortress
how to cultivate
To start farming, you’re going to need a Farm Plot. Dwarves don’t need a ton of food or drink to survive, so we recommend starting with a 6×6 batch. Any fortress dweller with farm work assigned to them will work to clear the plot and prepare for planting. Make sure there is at least one dwarf who has this task assigned.
You will need to assign crops to each season. The crops that are available to plant change based on whether the farm plot is above or below ground, so plan accordingly. If this is your first time playing the game, we recommend staying away from garden plants for a while until you have a good understanding of how to manage gardening in the game – some garden plants have seasonal requirements to grow successfully.
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Once the crops are fully grown, it will be time for the harvest. All dwarves can help harvest the fields. Once the plant is harvested, your dwarves will move the produce to the correct stockpile. You can increase the production of your crops if you have highly skilled farmers and have used fertilizers.
Make sure you move the harvested crops to the correct stockpile. If you don’t, the crops left behind will wither and rot, leaving all your hard work for nothing.
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