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How to Farm

Seren Morgan-Roberts
Staci Miller

Version 2.0 of Animal Crossing New Horizons is here, and with it comes a lot of free updates to enhance your island living experience!

One of these updates is farming.

What Is Farming?

We’ve had a taste of farming before. It’s a similar process to growing flowers, and Halloween season let us grow our own pumpkin starts. With this new update, however, comes a lot of new things that can sprout from the ground with some love and care, including:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sugarcanes
  • Wheat

There are a few ways to get them.

You’ll have to take care of your farm to help these things grow, and you can then use them in cooking recipes - another great update that came along with Version 2.0.

How To Get Wheat, Sugarcanes, Potatoes, Carrots, And Tomatoes

There are a variety of ways you can get each of the crops available to farm.

The first is from Leif. Leif visits islands on random days, and is only guaranteed on Nature Day. He’ll stand on the plaza and sell a selection of shrubs, flowers and, now, crops.

With this new update, however, there’s a quicker and more efficient way to purchase from Leif. Go and visit Harv’s Island and help him expand from his photo studio and create more shops. If you pay 100,000 Bells to the Gyroid on the top left of the map, the next day, Leif will have his own shop. You can go back and forth and buy as much as you want from him then.

All of these crops sell for 280 bells individually, and you can buy them for 1400 in bulk. Usually, buying in bulk is a much better idea, especially if you don’t have Leif’s shop on Harv’s island yet. It takes a while for him to come back around, and he isn’t always selling the same crops.

Mysterious islands often have crops you can dig up and take home.

You can also use the new boat tours to visit different islands that may have crops for you to dig up and take home. Be sure to keep a look out.

Of course, one other way to get crops - as you can do with any item - is to exchange with friends. If you’re all growing different crops, you can help each other out.

How To Look After Your Farm

It’s a good idea to plant your crops close together, simply because it makes them easier to look after. You can use custom designs to keep your farming area looking great.

Watering your crops is very important for efficiency.

If you leave them alone, they’ll still grow, and they’ll be especially fast when it rains. For the quickest results, however, water them every day and there’ll be three crops per plant rather than one. Leif will explain to you that they work the same way as the pumpkin starts did, so if you’re familiar with Halloween season in the game, this process isn’t new to you.

There are plenty of DIY cooking recipes that these crops can be saved for, or you can keep planting them and hoard!

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    Social simulation
  • Guide Release
    7 August 2020
  • Last Updated
    20 January 2022
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  • Guide Author
    Seren Morgan-Roberts

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