Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/htg-guide-to-minecraft/lesson10/
The agricultural revolution was a game changer in real life and it’s a game changer in Minecraft. Today we’re looking at how you can maximize your mining efforts by establishing farms. You’ll get your pigs for nothing and your dinners for free!
I'm two guides behind right now - still digging my first mine.
Still, it's fun doing all this! I like Minecraft!
Definitely read the guides, but no need to rush... when I first started playing it was weeks before I even attempted farming (I focused on hunting-gathering and mining like crazy).
That said, it is really fun to have a busy farm that provides more food than you need so you can focus on building and exploring.
Avid Minecraft player (Started late alpha). I know all that these guides have shown (As expected).
A correction for information here:
Coal, iron and gold are now renewable. You mentioned iron via farming Iron Golems.
Coal is renewable as Wither Skeletons drop them, gold is renewable from Zombie Pigmen.
None of the above methods are overly efficient however they can be set up as so.
I built the mob spawner with the drop, but must have put in the wrong water source. I got Niagara Falls pouring out the center, lol. Oh, well.
One of my favorite farming tricks is to dye sheep different colors. Once a sheep is dyed its wool will always grow back that same color.
Thats true; I was sticking to Overworld farming methods but I should clarify that section. =)
Water travels 8 blocks before it has sloped down to a very slender stream and won't fall over the 9th block; don't scrap your spawner just adjust it so the water source blocks are far enough back that the water dies down right at the lip of the hole.
I love these tutorials!
This will be helpful in my goal of making a nearly self-sustaining environment with minimal hands-on on my part, just for fun.
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