There are new posts about places where you can go and "farm" certain stuff that you need in the game, be it ore, herbs, cloth or even Motes Of Harmony. Well today we are going to take a look at a certain fraction in MoP that deals exactly with this, the farming part. This fraction i am talking about is The Tillers, but if you are asking yourself why are they so important to mention them, well it's quite simple they allow you to actually have a farm where you can plant seeds and then pick them up where you can get materials for professions, Motes Of Harmony ( yes a viable way to farm these bad boys with certainty ) or even pets like the Terrible Turnip.
For this post i decided that it would be much better to copy a piece of info that the use LORE made for Wowhead, but he had it in the comments part and i thought it deserved to be out in the open for more people to see it and get informed. So here we go i will try and get it as close to perfect as possible with all the links.
This is a rather long post, but it covers everything there is to do with the Tillers faction starting from the intro quests, down to every daily there is to do. And again Kudos go to Lore for writing this for wowhead.com.
When you begin leveling on the continent of Pandaria, at around level 85 - 86 you should reach the Valley of the Four Winds. During your time questing here you will slowly make your way to Halfhill, the main hub of the area. Halfhill is the center for all cooking and farming in Pandaria, so settle in because you'll be back here a lot during the expansion.
It is here in Halfhill that you will meet Farmer Yoon and the Tillers for the first time, and in doing so have the chance to work on your very own farm.
Once you start on the quest chain Learn and Grow, the small farm Sunsong Ranch will be phased so that you are the only player that can enter your particular farm, alowing you peace and quiet to toil as you see fit.
At the moment, you can start your farm and enjoy the initial quest line, all the way up to Learn and Grow VI: Gina's Vote, but after recieveing your introduction to the Tillers Union you will have to part ways. As it currently stands you will have to wait untill level 90 before you can continue your farming career. You can still plant, grow, and harvest on your four initial starting spots, but any more will require significantly more reputation than you can acquire at level 85.
The Tillers quest line starts when you visit Farmer Yoon in Halfhill. When you approach him you will immediatly see the sorry state of Sunsong Ranch.
Yoon's Grandpa has left him the farm, and as Yoon isn't much of a farmer he'll need your help to get things started.
You begin by accepting the quest A Helping Hand, and start to clear Sunsong Ranch, by using a pick to smash the loose rocks scattered around,
With the rocks broken, you approach Yoon again to show him your work. Just as you do, Haohan Mudclaw and his lackies walk up to the farm and start berating Yoon and his poor farming skills.
After the short confrontation Yoon turns to you, determined to prove them wrong, and asks for your help to become a master farmer.
The Family Farm. It is here that your partnership is forged and you begin to grow crops on the farm under Yoon's tutelage.
Learn and Grow I: Seeds
A short trip off to halfhill market and you're introduced to your seed vendor, Merchant Greenfield. The first seeds he will give you are his own special 'Ez-Gro' seeds. Take them back to Yoon and you can get down to planting.
Learn and Grow II: Tilling and Planting
Now you have your seeds Yoon will teach you how to till the first two patches of bare soil on his ranch. A simple case of righ clicking the mound of earth. Once tilled you can select the soil, and plant your Ez-Gro Green Cabbage Seeds.
Learn and Grow III: Tending Crops
As if by magic all planted seeds instantly turn into sprouting crops, due to the special soil in the valley. As you'll soon see though, the crops are parched and need watering. Yoon will give you his Rusty Watering Can allowing you to turn your Parched Cabbages into Growing Cabbages.
Learn and Grow IV: Harvesting
While talking to Yoon your Growing Cabbages immediatly turn into Ripe Cabbages. While this change would normally take 24 hours, the special EZ-Gro seeds from Greenfield make this one off set of crops grow extra fast.
Now it's time to harvest your first vegetables. Doing so gives you the achievement Green Acres and returns the soil back to untilled soil, ready for you to start over with new seeds.
Learn and Grow V: Halfhill Market
Whilst you only have 2 Cabbages, Farmer Yoon still thinks it would be a good idea to take them down to the market, and sell them to Gina Mudclaw.
Before you set off you're told to investgate the small patch of Dark Soil under the farm house, where you will find a Marsh Lily. Handily the perfect gift for Tina as you make your introduction.
Now that you've introduced yourself to Gina and given her a gift, you should find yourself at friendly reputation with her, allowing her to ask you for assistance in her own work.
Learn and Grow VI: Gina's Vote
Gina tells you how she has been supplying the chefs in the area with their ingredients to cook all their meals, but now she's run out of Scallions. The perfect oppertunity to put your new farm to work.
Walk over to Merchant Greenfield, and this time you'll see his whole inventory open for sale. A short browse and you should find the Scallion Seeds you're looking for. When you return to Sunsong Ranch you'll see you have four patches of untilled soil available, not just two.
Simply till the soil the way you did before, and they're ready for planting with your seeds.
While your planted scallion my be 'Parched' like the cabbages were before, there's also a chance they can require other tending before they're ready to grow.
Thankfully Farmer Yoon will tell you anything you need to do to get your crops nice and healthy and growing.
How do I care for my crops?
- Bursting Crops - Instantly become harvestable the moment they're planted.
- Parched Crops - Use the Rusty Watering Can to water them (found in your inventory, or next to the tree stump).
- Infested Crops - Use the Bug Sprayer on the plants to clean them (found in your inventory, or resting against the stairs).
- Wiggling Crops - Pull out the Virmen from the ground and kill it.
- Alluring Crops - Click the light and then defend the plant from incoming birds.
- Smothered Crops - Grab the weed smothering the crop and pull it out.
- Wild Crops - Hit and bite the weed into submission while it wrestles you.
- Runty Crops - Grab the plant and jump up to pull it out of the ground a little.
- Tangled Crops - Grab the weed constricting the crop and run away, pulling it out of the ground.
If at any time you find you've planted the wrong crop, or planted it in the wrong place, you can pick up the shovel from the set of tools near by, and uproot your growing plant, destroying it but leaving it's space available for re-planting.
Now we do the hardest part of the quest line, waiting as our planted and tended crops grow over night.
Any growing crops you have planted will turn to harvestable crops at midnight. So if you've stayed up late, or come back the next day, you'll be ready to continue with your farming.
Now that your plants have all grown up, you should have your first healthy crop of Scallion, ready to pick from your farm.
Simply yank up the vegetables, and carry them over to Gina Mudclaw to complete the final part of the Learn and Grow series.
. . . . Hooray, you're officially a professional farmer . . . .
Once you give Gina the Scallion, she will be very grateful that she can supply the Ironpaw chefs again. After the quest completion she will escort you back to your farm, to personally thank Yoon and yourself for all your hard work.
As a further reward for helping her, she will offer to cast her vote as a member of the Tillers Union, pledging to accept you as a member.
She will then walk over to the Tillers Shrine (which I'm sure you were all wondering what it did), and light an incense in one of the offering bowls in front of it, signifying her vote.
Now that Gina has activated the shrine, you have a handy new tool for tracking your reputation with the various farmers across The Heartland. It will also act as a new display, to show you how many of the five votes you have gained for entry into the Union.
Unfortunatly if you're reading this while questing, it will be a little while before you can follow through with the rest of the guide.
For those of you at level 90 however, you have only just begun to skim the surface of the farming experience.
With your soil all planted and your crops growing, you can make a start on the Tiller daily quests, in order to raise your reputation with the faction.
As you complete more daily quests, your Tillers reputation will slowly increase allowing you access to more of the faction's rewards, such as new seeds and land expansions.
You can find a list of all the new daily quests in the next section. Or follow on to the next part of the Tillers quest line here.
Each day you can complete six of the Tiller daily quests listed below, and gain up to 1075 Tiller reputation.
When the new day starts, two of the farmers from out around The Heartland will come to Halfhill Market, and ask for help with a particular problem. This gives you a chance to gain some extra reputation with the various farmers in the area, at the same time as gaining your Tiller rep.
Two of the following daily:
Not in Chee-Chee's Backyard +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
You Have to Burn the Ropes +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
Water, Water Everywhere +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
The Kunzen Legend-Chief +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
Money Matters +150 Tillers rep, +2600 Personal
Pest Problems +150 Tillers rep, +3300 Personal
Weed War II +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
Chasing the Chicken +150 Tillers rep, +3000 Personal
Where It Counts +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
They Don't Even Wear Them +150 Tillers rep, +2000 Personal
Just outside the market, Andi will ask you to collect a potential gift for one of the visiting farmers.
One of the following daily:
A Gift For Chee Chee +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Ella +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Fung +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Fish +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Gina +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Haohan +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Jogu +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Old Hillpaw +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Sho +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
A Gift For Tina +150 Tillers rep, +1400 Personal
From your own farm, Yoon will ask you to complete two daily quests. One which he believes will help the farmland, and a second to crow a specific vegetable for the next day.
One Farming quest, and One Killing quest daily:
The Cabbage Test +350 Tillers
That Dangling Carrot +350 Tillers
Why Not Scallions? +350 Tillers
A Pumpkin-y Perfume +350 Tillers
Red Blossom Leeks, You Make the Croc +350 Tillers
The Pink Turnip Challenge +350 Tillers
The White Turnip Treatment +350 Tillers
Squash Those Foul Odors +350 Tillers
It's Melon Time +350 Tillers
Which Berries? Witchberries. +350 Tillers
The Lesser of Two Evils +275 Tillers
Stealing is Bad... Re-Stealing is OK +275 Tillers
Stalling the Ravage +275 Tillers
The Kunzen Hunter-Chief +275 Tillers
Simian Sabotage +275 Tillers
Joining the Tillers Union
Now that you have Gina's vote you are set on the road to becoming a full member of the Tillers Union, and helping Yoon become a master farmer.
Once you get a little more reputation with the Tillers, Yoon will send you out to do quests for the other voting members of the Union. Gaining their favor in order to secure the remaining four votes.
First off you will be sent up to see Mung Mung, a farmer who works for Haohan Mudclaw.
To secure his vote he will ask you to help out on the farm a bit by gathering up partially chewed carrots.
When the carrot eating culprit can't be found, Mung Mung asks you to replace the carrots with ones grown on your own farm.
The next day when you harvest your carrots and return to him, he will use them to replace his lost crops and save his job. He will then meet you back at your ranch to light his incense, and give you his vote.
With two votes for the Tillers Union gained, Yoon will send you up to Farmer Fung in order to earm your third.
When you speak to him, Fung is adamant that he won't be voting for Yoon or yourself. However he lets slip about his yak problem on the farm, giving you an oppertunity to befriend him.
Fung is so grateful for you returning his Yaks, that he changes his mind about you. He offers to vote for you if you can help feed hes herd of Yaks with cabbages.
The following day when you present your cabbages to Fung, he is taken aback but just how perfect your fresh cabbages are. So good in fact he heads straight over to your ranch and casts his vote for you, insisting that you join the union.
Three down, two to go. Only the senior members of the Mudclaw family to impress now. Yoon suggests you start with Nana Mudclaw first.
Nana's speciality it seems is brewing, but not just tasty drinks, brews that will heal and rejuvinate you. For this she requires the magical waters from the northern waterfall. This is where you can come in, but unlike the previous quests be prepared to do a little killing.
The other ingredient Nana needs for her brew is fresh Witchberries, and you guessed it, you'll be the one growing them.
When you grow your berries and bring them to Nana she can't wait to taste them, their sweet flavor bringing back to her fond memories of Yoon's Grandpa. Such fond memories that she trots straight on down to the farm to issue her vote and reminisce with you both about her old friend Grandpa Yoon.
Your last vote is going to be the hardest, convincing Haohan himself to let you into the Tillers Union.
When you meet Haohan, he is too preoccupied with his farm house being broken into, and so much damage being caused to talk to you. Maybe a freindly farmer like yourself can help him out.
You put on your CSI sunglasses and take a look around the farm. Finding the tell tale footprints of the intruders, you trace them back untill you run across the culprits of all the theft and damage.
Hozen! So they're the ones behind all this.. *takes off sunglasses* ..Monkey business.
The Who plays as you go back to Yoon to inform him of your discovery.
Recognising the oppertunity to impress Haohan, Yoon sends you off to collect ingredients from the Virmen, to make a poison to 'deal with' the hozen.
Time to start growing crops again, but this time your delicious work will go towards a more sinister end.
Poisoned mellons in hand you make your way to the hozen summit and face Chief Yip-Yip. As you attack you realise that he has 12 million HP. Thankfully the poison in the mellons carries a hell of a kick and allows you to kill him with ease.
By the time you return, all five voting member of the Union have heard of your triumph over Yip-Yip. Amazed at your work they all gather at your ranch to thank and congratulate you, even Haohan has high praise for you saving his farm.
With his final vote cast, all thats left is for you to lite the last incense on the Tiller Shrine, and join them as a full member of the Tillers Union.
More plant types
As you progress with your Tillers quest line, and complete more daily quests, the full range of rewards from farming start to open up to you.
One of the main benefits of a higher reputation level with the Tillers, is that Merchant Greenfield will sell you a wider variety of seeds to grow at your ranch.
A higher reputation can also let you grow the farm it's self.
The basic crop seeds you can plant at friendly ( Scallion Seeds etc), will most likely grow into 'Ripe Vegetables' and yield the results listed in the table below. However there is a moderate chance that when they grow over night, they will form 'Plump Vegetables' instead. When harvested plump vegetables will give 8 items instead of the usual 5.
There is also a small chance when you harvest any plant on your farm, that it will give you a rare item for reputation, such as Lovely Apple, in addition to it's typical loot.
Very occasionally, in place of the regular seeds that have a chance to drop, you can recieve Ominous Seed, which when planted will grow into Terrible Turnip.
Some of the seeds you can buy at revered will allow you to not only farm cooking ingredients, but also grow primary profession materials, such as cloth, metal, and enchanting materials.
In addition, any crop you harvest will grant 50 reputatation with the Tillers, regardless of it's yield.