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    Easy Farming Guide by wizard1

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    Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
    Easy Farming Guide
    1.) Introduction to this FAQ
    2.) The Advantages of Easy Farming
    3.) The Tools You Want
    4.) Your Little Helpers
    5.) The Way You Want to Plant
    6.) The Stuff You Want to Plant
    7.) How to Spend Your Seasons
    8.) Your Animal Friends
    9.) Instant Transmission
    10.) Frequently Asked Questions
    11.) Version History
    12.) Contact Me
    13.) Credits
    14.) Legal Stuff
    ***To quickly jump to any part of this FAQ simply copy and paste the 
    whole title of the section you want to jump to!!!
    |1.) Introduction to this FAQ                                         |
    First off, I would like to say hello to all of you who have felt like 
    reading this guide on how to make your days of making money easier.  
    Some of you may have already read my FAQ on how to get the cursed 
    tools, and numerous of you have stated how much easier it made the 
    tools to get.  So once again, I am back to help you out as much as 
    possible by allowing you to see what exactly you need to do and plant 
    in order to make your farm successful.
    Pretty much everything in this guide/FAQ whatever you want to call it 
    is my idea on how to make your life farming easier.  Of course you can 
    always alter these strategies however you want to change your farming 
    experience into what you want it to be.
    Before we even begin I will assume that you have your rucksack upgraded 
    all the way up, just because that is necessary for stuff later on in 
    this guide.  I will also assume that you have cleared you field of most 
    everything but weeds.
    |2.) The Advantages of Easy Farming                                   |
    This whole guide is pretty much how you can make your life that much 
    easier on the farm.  How is this done?  By making money.  How do you 
    make money?  By farming.  Those statements pretty much show that money 
    will help in the game because there are quite a few high ticket items 
    that you can find around everywhere, and plus being rich is just fun.  
    Plus there is the ultimate goal of buying the town house...which is 
    made just that much easier by following this guide.
    Pretty much the only advantages are that you will be making money in 
    the game, and that it will make your life easier while making this 
    fictitious money.
    |3.) The Tools You Want                                               |
    This one right here is pretty much a no brainer...you want to have the 
    absolute best tools possible all of the time.  But early in the game 
    you are also going to want them as cheap as possible too.
    This can be done by just using it repeatedly until it can be upgraded 
    to mystrile, which is the best tool that you can have at this point.  
    Below is a chart of how important I think that each tool is.
         Watering Can          (Most Important)
         Hoe                   (Really Helpful)
         Sickle                (Okay)
         Axe                   (Somewhat Helpful)
         Hammer                (Only if you want to get to a (single) new
         Fishing Rod           (Least Important)
    Here is what you want to do.  Using the chart above you want to upgrade 
    the tools up to mystrile.  So if you don’t have the money and materials 
    (bronze, silver, gold, and mystrile ore) to upgrade all of the tools 
    then you are going to want to upgrade the Watering Can first as it is 
    the most important.  Do this all of the way down to the fishing rod.
    To get the money to upgrade the tools you can do some small scale 
    farming or you can do the oldest trick of foraging for stuff to sell.
    As soon as you have all six tools upgraded to mystrile, then you can 
    get the cursed, blessed, and mythic tools which will make your life 
    even more helpful.  But before you do that you will want to follow the 
    coming sections to get yourself about 100,000-200,000 gold.  At which 
    point you can read my cursed tools guide in order to get the cursed, 
    blessed, and mythic tools.
    |4.) Your Little Helpers                                              |
    Okay, these guys are what will allow you to farm on a very large scale, 
    and by very large I mean your whole field.  These little guys are the 
    Harvest Sprites.  They live in a little shanty to the side of the 
    While you still have the mystrile tools you only need to be friends (in 
    order for them to be friends they need three hearts, which will be 
    detailed later on in this section) with three-four of the Harvest 
    Sprites.  You also only want them to do one job and that is the task 
    of...harvesting.  This task is pretty much the only thing that they can 
    do better than you.  You can’t walk on your crops, but they can.  This 
    allows you to grow a lot more.
    However there is a catch, you need to friends with them.  This means 
    that you need to give them stuff.  The easiest thing to give them is 
    flour.  You want to just stock up on it and keep their heart levels 
    around 7-8 hearts.  You will also want to play with them to make them 
    better at what they do.
    |5.) The Way You Want to Plant                                        |
    The best way to plant is in a way that you can water in one day, and 
    your sprites can harvest in one day (early on in the game if you have 
    all seven sprites working for you then them harvesting won’t be a 
    problem, but later on it could be).
    Below here is my recommendation for planting your crops for the 
    different kind of watering can that you have. A * will represent where 
    plants will be and spaces will represent where nothing will be.
    Starting Watering Can: *** *** You can plant as many of these as you 
                           *** *** can manage, just don’t plant anymore
                           * * * * than that as that would be a waste of 
                                   money.  When in doubt, plant even less.
                           *** ***
                           *** ***
                           * * * *
    Copper Watering Can: Same thing as the starting watering can, except 
                         this time around it doesn’t take as long to water 
                         the whole thing.
    Silver Watering Can: *** *** Once again plant as many of these as you
                         *** *** can manage but no more than that.  These
                         *** *** can extend as rows all of the way down
                         *** *** your field and are easy to water.
                         *** ***
    Gold Watering Can: ****** ****** Once again you can plant these all of
                       ****** ****** the way down your field.  Now it gets 
                       ****** ****** hard to manage, and you need to make 
                       ****** ****** sure that the harvest sprites will
                       ****** ****** also be able to handle this much.
                       ****** ******
    Mystrile Watering Can: This is the same exact thing as the gold
                           watering can except now it is easier for you
                           to water your however much you plant.
    Cursed Watering Can: I don’t recommend using this can as it is so easy
                         to upgrade and plus it wastes your energy so fast.
    Blessed Watering Can: ************ ************ If you got to this
                          ************ ************ point really fast
                          ************ ************ then your sprites may
                          ************ ************ have a hard time of
                          ************ ************ keeping up.  Plant this
                          ************ ************ all down your field.
    Mythic Watering Can: Plant your whole field, except for a column
                         on your right, and a row on the bottom of the
                         field.  An * will represent plants and a – will
                         represents open space. The diagram is nowhere near
                         accurate and is only used to give you an idea of
                         what your field will look like fully planted.
    Those are pretty much the most cost effective ways of planting your 
    crops.  Of course you can always come up with your own way, these are 
    the designs that I recommend.
    |6.) The Stuff You Want to Plant                                      |
    When it comes to the stuff that you want to plant, there are two 
    different kinds of plants.  You have your renewable plants that will 
    grow for the whole season and your non-renewable plants that will die 
    as soon as they are harvested.
    Now of course you are always going to want to buy the plant that will 
    produce the highest amount of money for you.  For most seasons this is 
    going to be renewable crops.  However sometimes it is better to plant a 
    plant that will give experience to your sprites for the biggest 
    harvesting season, autumn.
    ---In spring you are going to want to ship 100 turnips, 100 potatoes, 
       and 100 cucumbers so that you will have access to the strawberry.  
       While strawberries make less money than turnips for each 3*3 square, 
       they are in fact a renewable plant.  So for the first few springs 
       you are going to want to try to get the strawberry, and then use 
       that to get the harvest sprites experience up for autumn.
       Now you may be saying, ‘But the harvest sprites do not work in 
       spring.  Well what you want to do is to go to their tea party, and 
       then all after that they will in fact work for you.
    ---In summer you are going to want to plant corn.  Corn makes plenty of 
       money for you and plus it is renewable so your little friends the 
       harvest sprites will also get plenty of experience from them.  
       Summer is in my opinion just a season for you to get ready for 
    ---Autumn not only is one of my favorite words, but it is also my 
       favorite season in this game.  Autumn is the season in which you can 
       make a ton of money.  What will get you all of this money are sweet 
       potatoes!  These wonderful little plants are the best crop in the 
       game and give a ton of experience while making you a ton of money.
       However there is one huge catch to the wonderfulness, if you plant 
       too many of these your sprites are also going to be incredibly 
       swamped if they don’t have enough experience to handle it.  Pretty 
       much in spring and summer you are going to want to figure out just 
       how much your harvest sprites can actually harvest in one day before 
       you plop a whole entire field right in front of them.
    ---In winter there is nothing to plant...so just relax and give flour 
       to the sprites so that they will like you more then next year 
    |7.) How to Spend Your Seasons                                        |
    Although this is touched on in the last section, this is going to be 
    more of an in-depth look at what exactly you are going to want to do 
    each season.
    ---Spring: In spring you have two options:
               1.) You can give stuff to your harvest sprites, play games 
                   with them, or go to their tea party.  You are going to 
                   want to do this only if you already have them all well 
                   set down their job paths (in other words they can 
                   already harvest your whole field in one day).
               2.) Be a mean little farmer and force them to harvest for 
                   you so that you will eventually be able to do option 1.
               Pretty much spring is a period to largely relax from 
               watering and planting stuff to go and have some fun with 
               your little helpers.
    ---Summer: In summer your one goal is to get the sprites as much 
               experience as possible before the giant harvest season 
               coming up next.  You are going to want to force the sprites 
               to harvest for you the whole time and make sure that the day 
               that their term of duty doesn’t end on a day that they 
               should be harvesting on.
    ---Autumn: Sweet potato harvesting is all that you are going to be 
               doing this season.  Once again you are going to have to make 
               sure that the day that the harvest sprites duties end is 
               going to be a day that you are not going to be harvesting.  
               This season is particularly tricky because the sweet 
               potatoes grow back every other day and so you have to be 
               careful of when you let them go.  The easiest way to get it 
               all on track is to let them go on a day that you have just 
               harvested the whole field.  Then hire them back the next day 
               and you will be able to follow this all of the way through 
               the season repeating this when they only have a few days of 
               service left.
    ---Winter: This is the season of letting your sprites stay home, unless 
               you have animals for them to take care of.  Pretty much you 
               just want to give them flour until they have 8-10 hearts and 
               then they will be able to work for you for a whole year 
               without you having to give them too much stuff after this.  
               This season is going to be really boring except for maybe 
               going into the Lake Mine to get the cursed tools.  Other 
               than that and the sprites there isn’t too much to do in this 
               season of boredom.
    |8.) Your Animal Friends                                              |
    Your standard crops are going to be your biggest money makers on your 
    farm, although there are times at which you will be too lazy to water 
    everything or you are in winter when you cannot farm any crops.
    There is a solution to this problem and this is livestock.  However 
    there is one big problem to livestock, it costs a lot of money to set 
    up a profitable system and it takes a lot of dedication to remember 
    that they exist.
    There are three different profitable livestock.  You have your chickens 
    which are your least profitable, you have your sheep which are your 
    medium animal money maker, and you have the cattle which you will make 
    most of your money if you decide to go the livestock way, to boost the 
    profits on your farm.
    First we will discuss the chicken.
       The chicken is the least profitable animal but it is also the 
       cheapest to start out with, plus if one dies then it isn’t hard to 
       hatch your own, while it is a lot harder to do that with sheep and 
       cattle.  When you first get your farm you can only have four 
       chickens, but after you have Gotz expand your chicken coop then you 
       will be able to have eight chickens.  Chickens produce eggs that can 
       be turned into mayonnaise after you buy the maker for it.  You will 
       make more money from mayonnaise than you would from normal eggs 
       however you would have to do it yourself as the harvest sprites 
       don’t use any of the makers.  Below is a chart of profit for chicken 
      |Product        |Number of Hearts Required|Gold Acquired From It|
      |Small Egg      |Zero to Three Hearts     |50G                  |
      |Medium Egg     |Four to Seven Hearts     |60G                  |
      |Large Egg      |Eight to Ten Hearts      |80G                  |
      |Gold Egg       |Win the Chicken Sumo     |100G                 |
      |               |and Eight to Ten Hearts  |                     |
      |P Egg          |Everything for Gold Egg  |180G                 |
      |               |and 600+ Hours Outside   |                     |
      |X Egg          |Random if the Chicken    |350G                 |
      |               |can produce P Eggs       |                     |
      |Spa-Boiled Egg |Throw any egg into the   |80G                  |
      |               |hot springs              |                     |
      |Small Mayo     |Put a small egg in maker |100G                 |
      |Medium Mayo    |Put a medium egg in maker|150G                 |
      |Large Mayo     |Put a large egg in maker |200G                 |
      |Gold Mayo      |Put a gold egg in maker  |300G                 |
      |P Mayo         |Put a P egg in maker     |450G                 |
      |X Mayo         |Put a X egg in maker     |800G                 |
       As you can see if you handle the chickens yourself then you will 
       make a lot more money if you use the maker because like I have said 
       the harvest sprites don’t use the makers.
       Chickens are also the hardest to raise heart levels.  The only way 
       to raise their heart levels is to pick them up and that can only be 
       done once a day and by leaving them outside while it is sunny.  
       Chickens don’t need to be fed while they are outside, but they 
       should be kept in a pen so that the wild dogs don’t get to them and 
       make them mad.
       In the coop there are little incubators that you can use to make 
       more little chickens.  It takes three days for the eggs to hatch and 
       then one week until the chick grows up and starts laying eggs.  It 
       is a lot cheaper than going out and buying all of your chickens.
    Secondly we have the sheep:
       Sheep are the medium livestock.  While individually they make more 
       profit than cows do you cannot get their wool everyday.  Originally 
       your barn can only hold eight sheep (or eight cows) but after you 
       have Gotz upgrade the barn then it will be able to hold sixteen 
       sheep (or cows).  The maker for sheep creates yarn from the wool, 
       which like with chicken and cows it will sell for more money but the 
       harvest sprites don’t use it.
       It costs 4,000G to buy a single sheep and then you can start 
       grabbing the wool off of its back that day.  However you can buy a 
       little potion thing from Barley that will impregnate your sheep.  It 
       costs 3,000G and so is 1,000G cheaper than buying a full grown sheep 
       from him.  However in order to impregnate your sheep it needs to 
       have wool on its back.  If you birth your own sheep it will take the 
       parent 20 days to give birth and then take the new sheep 14 days 
       before you are able to get wool from it.  However there is an 
       advantage.  A newborn sheep can already have 0-4 hearts when it is 
       born and you will also be able to have that extra time to raise its 
       heart level even more.
       Below is a chart of profits on wool and wool products:
      |Product        |Number of Hearts Required |Gold Acquired From It|
      |Small Wool     |Zero to Three Hearts      |100G                 |
      |Medium Wool    |Four to Seven Hearts      |400G                 |
      |Large Wool     |Eight to Ten Hearts       |500G                 |
      |Gold Wool      |Win the Sheep Contest     |600G                 |
      |               |and Eight to Ten Hearts   |                     |
      |P Wool         |Everything for Gold Wool  |1000G                |
      |               |and 600+ Hours Outside    |                     |
      |X Wool         |Random if the Sheep       |1000G                |
      |               |can produce P Wool        |                     |
      |Small Yarn     |Put a small Wool in maker |300G                 |
      |Medium Yarn    |Put a medium Wool in maker|700G                 |
      |Large Yarn     |Put a large Wool in maker |800G                 |
      |Gold Yarn      |Put a gold Wool in maker  |1000G                |
      |P Yarn         |Put a P Wool in maker     |1500G                |
      |X Yarn         |Put a X Wool in maker     |4000G                |
       As you can see sheep are really profitable, however you cannot 
       attain their wool everyday.
       It is rather easy to get a sheep’s heart level higher.  You can talk 
       to it each day, brush it each day, and harvest its wool every few 
       days.  Plus you can get some extra points by letting it be outside 
       while it is sunny.  However you will have to have grass planted in 
       your field otherwise they will get mad at you.
    Lastly we have the cattle:
       Cattle are the most profitable animals out there.  Your barn will 
       start out only able to hold eight cows (or eight sheep) and after 
       Gotz upgrades it, the barn will be able to hold sixteen cows (or 
       sixteen sheep).  The maker for cows changes the milk that cows 
       produce into cheese.  However like with every other animal, the 
       harvest sprites don’t know how to use it.
       You can buy a cow from Barley for 5,000G it will then take seven 
       days until you will be able to get milk from your nice new cow.  
       However you can also buy a little potion thing to impregnate your 
       cow for 3,000G, which will save you 2,000G.  Once your cow is 
       pregnant it takes 20 days until the new calf is born.  After that it 
       takes 21 days until your new cow is able to give milk.  Once again 
       the advantage is that it will be born with 0-4 hearts and you will 
       have that extra time to raise its heart level even more.
       Below is a chart of the profits of milk and milk products:
      |Product        |Number of Hearts Required |Gold Acquired From It|
      |Small Milk     |Zero to Three Hearts      |100G                 |
      |Medium Milk    |Four to Seven Hearts      |150G                 |
      |Large Milk     |Eight to Ten Hearts       |200G                 |
      |Gold Milk      |Win the Cow Contest       |300G                 |
      |               |and Eight to Ten Hearts   |                     |
      |P Milk         |Everything for Gold Milk  |500G                 |
      |               |and 600+ Hours Outside    |                     |
      |X Milk         |Random if the Cow         |800G                 |
      |               |can produce P Milk        |                     |
      |Small Cheese   |Put a small milk in maker |300G                 |
      |Medium Cheese  |Put a medium milk in maker|400G                 |
      |Large Cheese   |Put a large milk in maker |500G                 |
      |Gold Cheese    |Put a gold milk in maker  |600G                 |
      |P Cheese       |Put a P milk in maker     |750G                 |
      |X Cheese       |Put a X milk in maker     |1500G                |
       Cows are the most profitable as they are capable of being harvest 
       every single day unlike sheep.
       Like sheep it is easy to raise a cow’s heart level fast.  You can 
       talk to it once a day, milk it once a day, and brush it once a day.  
       You can also leave them outside while it is sunny just so long as 
       you have grass planted in your field.
    |9.) Instant Transmission                                             |
       This whole section is about the teleport stone.  This stone makes 
    your whole life so much easier because it allows you to teleport to 
    anywhere on the whole map.  Now rather than walking to the store 
    everyday and to the harvest sprite shack you can teleport there in an 
       However there is a huge catch.  The teleport stone is buried on the 
    last floor of the Spring Mine.  That means that you have to dig down 
    255 floors in order to get it, but that is worth not having to walk the 
    rest of your life.
    Elli Leaves are something that are pretty much vital to getting the 
    teleport stone.  What they do is restore your stamina and fatigue all 
    the way up to 100 percent, which is vital for getting down to the last 
    The Elli Leaves are a very complicated food to make here is the recipe:
       First you go to the hospital and buy four Bodgizers and four 
    Turbojolts from Elli.
       Next you need to make them into Bodigizer XLs and TurboJolt XLs.  
    You do this by adding blue grass to the Bodigizer and using the Mixer 
    on them and by adding green grass to the Turbojolt and using the Mixer.
       Now is the hard part.  You need to go to your chicken coop or your 
    barn and grab six pieces of feed.  On one you need to use the Knife.  
    On the second you need to use the Frying Pan.  On the third you need to 
    use the Pot.  On the fourth you need to use the Mixer.  On the fifth 
    you need to use the Whisk and the Oven.  On the sixth and final you 
    need to use the Rolling Pin.
       Now you need to use the six burnt foods that you just made along 
    with the Bodigizer XL and the Turbojolt XL using the Knife, Frying Pan, 
    Oven, Pot, Sugar, Salt, Vinegar, Soy Sauce, and Miso.
       Congratulations, you now have one Elli Leave!  Now repeat the 
    process above so that you have four of them total.
    Now we have the problem of getting that far down in the mine.  First 
    you are going to want to bring eight Elli Leaves with you to make your 
    odds of getting the teleport stone just that much easier.  Next you 
    follow these steps:
       2.) Save your data on File 1 soon as you enter the mine.  Make sure 
    you save it before you have used any of your tools that day, it will 
    help a lot.
       3.) Smash rocks and dig around until you find the stairway down to 
    the next level of the mine.
       4.) Take note of exactly where the stairway is.
       5.) Load your data from File 1.
       6.) Go to where the stairway was and dig there.
       7.) Before going down the stairs save your data on File 2 (this is 
    so that if the next level is a dead end or you just don’t like the way 
    the next level looks you can get a different level next).
       8.) Save your data on File 1 before you do anything on that level.
       9.) Repeat all of the steps until you are on the bottom floor.
    ***The stairways are never next to the walls, this will make your 
    search easier in larger levels of the mine.
    |10.) Frequently Asked Questions                                      |
    Q: Is it okay to just have the grass for my cows planted but not fully 
    A: The grass has to be fully matured if you want to leave your animals 
    out overnight.  That means that you cannot leave then outside during 
    Q: I just married my significant other in the game and am wondering how 
    long it will be until the child is born?
    A: The child being conceived is essentially another heart event, just 
    keep talking to your wife every day and she will eventually start 
    hinting at the fact that she is pregnant.
    Q: How many kids can you have in this game?
    A: You can only have one child.
    Q: Do you ever get an upstairs?
    A: No, you can only expand your bottom floor.
    Q: I can’t find the teleport stone after all that work!
    A: In order to get the teleport stone you need to bash the rocks and 
    not dig in the ground.  Also make sure you are in your third year on 
    the farm.
    Q: How many houses are there?
    A: There are four houses, your own, the mountain cottage, the 
    townhouse, and the beach house.
    |11.) Version History                                                 |
    1.00: The original version of this guide that was submitted.
    1.10: The second version.  The sections ‘Your Animal Friends’ and 
          ‘Instant Transmission’ were added.
    1.20: Answered a question.  A few minor changes.
    1.30: Fixed some typos and added more questions to the FAQs.
    |12.) Contact Me                                                      |
    You can send me questions and/or comments to me at 
    You can also contact me if you would like me to write another guide for 
    Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town.
    |13.) Credits                                                         |
    My Parents: For getting me this game and for getting me the computer 
    that I used to type this all up.
    CjayC: For making GameFAQs what it is today.
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    |14.) Legal Stuff                                                     |
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