Our Minecraft Redstone Guide to Farming teaches you how to create contraptions that can be used to gather food and other materials. Redstone Farm Ideas are presented with step-by-step instructions that will help you create your own Redstone creations.
MinecraftBuilding, exploration and survival are all part of building. However, the majority of survival involves grinding food and other materials. Many settle for a block surrounded by soil and slow crops. This is great and all, but most of the time we end up going out to “tip” some cows. Redstone is a feature that’s often overlooked and one most people avoid. Redstone is intimidating for both novice and experienced players. However, it opens up a whole new world of opportunities and automation.
This guide will show you how to automate your farms using Redstone Contraptions. I will explain how they work and how they were built throughout the guide. Instead of carbon-copying build videos from Youtube, my goal is to give you the tools to integrate Redstone into your builds. This guide is meant for Redstone beginners and intermediates. However, you might find some usefulness regardless of your level.
Tiny Crop Farm
- Works with: Beets, Potatoes (Carrots, Potatoes), Wheat
- What you need: Any opaque solid block x18. Dirt x1, Lever x1, Sticky Piston x2. Redstone Dust x6. Redstone Repeater x1. Redstone Comparator x1. Redstone Torch x1. Redstone Repeater x1. Redstone Repeater x1. Redstone Comparator x1. Redstone Observer x1. Redstone Repeater x1. Redstone Comparator x1. Redstone Comparator x1. Redstone Comparator x2.
- Block space required: 3x4x5.
Large blocks of land can make your home look shabby and can also be a time-waster. Thank you to RedStone Expert MumboJumbo’sWe can maximize crop output and minimize the visual impact on our base with a simple yet elegant design. The only downside to this design is its reliance on bone meal, but we will offset this in a later article when it’s time to build a Spooky, Scary Skeleton Grinder.
Step 1: Use sticky pistons A1 through D3 to create a 3×4 area. The farmland will be pulled by the sticky piston at D2.
Step 2: Place dirt on D2. Place two hoppers on top of each other on A2 or B2. You will see the object switch between the hoppers if you place any object inside. You can see the fourth screenshot of the hoppers. This is the Redstone Clock. It outputs one redstone tick per transfer, or approximately 0.1 second intervals. Attach a lever to C1 to stop the Redstone Clock’s ticking. Next, place the Redstone Comparator on A2 in front of another block on A3. The comparator takes the signal from the clock, and transfers it to the solid block. Set the Redstone Repeater to two ticks (right-click it once after placing), which will delay the signal by one redstone tick. This is necessary to maintain the machine at the right speed. If it’s too fast or too slow, your Pistons won’t work properly. Place another solid block on C3 and attach a Redstone Torch on the opposite side of the repeater, facing D3. This torch will ensure that D2’s Sticky Piston is powered. You’ll notice Redstone Dust on the one of the hoppers, but this only makes stacking a block above it easier and serves no functional purpose for this contraption.
Step 3: Position an Observer on A2. The small face of the observer should face the Redstone Repeater. Place solid blocks at the same level as C1 or B2’s Observer. Place another solid block above the Redstone Dust atB1. Redstone Dust should be placed over the Observer at A2 as well as the solid block at B2.
Step 4: Position the dispensers at C2, D1, and D2, all facing the extended dirtblock. This is the place where all the Bone Meal will be placed to make instant crop magic. Redstone Dust should be placed on top of each Dispenser at C2, D1, and D2. This should be automatically connected to the observer.
Final Step: Add two solid blocks to the area indicated in the screenshot. This will house the water we’ll be adding as our final touch. If you haven’t already, you should till the soil. You will see a small slit between your Dispenserand the soil. Place the water in the slit by carefully aiming your cursor. And that’s it. You’re done!
It’s simple: Fill the dispensers in bone meal, and then switch on the Redstone Clock. The lever will turn it back on. The soil will quickly be lifted by the Sticky Piston. When the block is being observed by the Redstone Repeater, the Observer block will detect a change and send a signal via its crack to the Dispensers using Redstone Dust. Redstone Repeater receives the signal from the block powered by the Redstone Comparator and powers the block attached to Redstone Torch. This disables and re-enables the torch for each tick. The Sticky Piston is powered by the redstone torch. The water will break any crop that touches the Dirt when it is pulled and pushed. The Dispensers can instantly grow the plant and the water simultaneously destroys it. This allows for unlimited crop production. To plant seeds, all you have to do is click right over the dirt. When you’re done, just turn the machine off by pressing the lever.
Tiny Cocoa Bean Farm
- What you need: A solid non-transparent block x10 and a Lever x1, Jungle Log x1, Sticky Piston x1, Hopper x2, Redstone Dust x8, Redstone Comparator x1, Observer x1, Dispenser x2
- Block space required: 3x3x3x3.
The Tiny Cocoa Bean Farm is a very similar structure to the Tiny Crop Farm. It will provide instant cocoa. You can make a fortune by mass-producing cocoa beans, hide mysterious stains with browning, or enjoy the delicious taste of homemade baked goods. Cocoa can bring you as much joy in-game than a warm cup of cocoa in the middle of winter. MumboJumbo once again deserves credit for this simple design. Here’s how to make it happen:
Step 1: Create a 3×3 area and place 8 blocks around a Sticky Piston. Redstone Dust (B3) should be placed right next to the Sticky Piston.
Step 2: Add a Jungle Log to the center (B2) along with two solid blocks on B3 and B1. To create another Redstone Clock, place two hoppers in a row facing each other. You can stop the clock by placing a lever at C1 on the block. A2 should be facing towards D3.
Final Step: Place an observation on B3, with the Redstone Dust facing you (face down, crack open, or whatever else you might call it). Place blocks of solid material on A1, B2, A3, and A1. Place the Dispensers on A1, A2, and B1. These will dispense bone meal as in the previous build. Redstone Dust should be placed around the tops of all blocks on A1,A2, A3, and B1,B3, B1,B3, C1, C3, and C3.
That’s it! This one’s a fairly simple build.
It works like this: The Redstone Comparator receives an e-signal from the Redstone Clock when you turn the lever back on. This softens the block in front and hard-powers the Redstone Dust which powers the Sticky Piston. The Dispensers are powered by the signal of the observer, which picks up the Redstone Dust’s change in state and sends it back to the Redstone Clock. You just need to click the log containing cocoa seeds and it all works simultaneously.
Medium Crop Farm
This simple, yet effective design is a must-have for casual and hardcore players. This design makes use of automated harvesting, collection, and other features. The only downside to this is replanting, which you won’t be investing too much time into each cycle. This build is simple enough to be understood by veteran players. Here’s how to build it:
- Uses: Wheat, Carrots and Potatoes. Beats, NetherWart (replace Dirt by Soul Sand).
- What you will need: A solid non-transparent, non-transparent, block x68. Dirt x120. Lever/Button x1. Signs x2. Chest x4. Hopper x2. Redstone Dust x26. Redstone Repeater x10. Water Buckets x9.
- Block space required: 11x21x5
Step 1: Make sure there is enough space to work with. To stop the dirt from spreading, make an 8×8-shaped formation with bricks and then surround it by building blocks. It will overflow as water flows down 8 spaces from its source. For each layer, add 8×7 to make it as long as possible. Although you can spread the farm out as far as 18 blocks, it will take up much space.
Step 2 – Freely row in front all the dirt, and then place two signs in its middle. Place a bucket of water on either side, as shown in the screenshot. Dig a 2×3 hole under and in front the signs, 1 block below the water level. This will allow the crops to be carried by the hoppers that you are about placing. Place two large chests, as shown in the second screenshot, and attach hoppers.
Final Step: Place eight Dispensers on top 8 blocks. Redstone Dust can be used to run along the side of the structure. A Redstone Repeater is added at about 9 blocks. Redstone repeaters can be placed behind the Dispensers. Redstone Dust can then be used behind each one. Next, connect the Redstone Repeater to your Redstone wire. Place a button, or lever, as you like, and you will see the beautiful crops grow.
Bonus: You can put glass on top of the structure to keep any unwanted crops from landing on its sides. Or you can just make the walls taller. You are the builder and have complete creative control.
It is simple to build. After the button has been pushed, a signal goes to each repeater. This repeats the base signal strength 15 each time. This power the dispensers to pump water over the plants and into your small storage.
Bonus: Tiny Mob Farm
If you’re stressing about skeletons, I have a very simple solution. Another small, unobtrusive building that can be used to spawn all hostile mobs. In the future I will show you how to automate a mob farm for every hostile and passive mob. This tiny build is meant to serve you in a pinch in case you don’t want to invest room for a massive mob farm.
What you will need: Solid building block, x26 and slab x6
Block Space: 5x3x5 (Must not be within 24 blocks of the player to spawn mobs).
Step 1: Create a vertical structure of 5×5 with a six-block hole, as shown in the first screenshot. You can place three slabs on the bottom for the Skelley boys to stand on.
Step 2: Cover your hole with bricks and then place slabs on top of the third brick.
Final Step: Cover the slabs with any type of solid building block, and you will have a black interior.
Mobs can spawn as long you are at least 24 miles away. This structure can be as wide or narrow as you wish and can be accessed from both directions. This structure is great for Skyblock worlds and areas with good lighting.