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Fully Automatic Mushroom Farm

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taurose's Avatar taurose
Level 40 : Master Engineer
The idea was to build an easily expandable, yet fully automatic farm that can be relatively easily rebuilt and delivers a steady flow of items instead of a huge load every few hours. The biggest problem was to find a suited clock mechanism for this.

So here's what I came up with:

The Spawning Area

It uses a diagonal order of rows, so that half of them can be used for seeding mushrooms which spawns more mushrooms onto the other half of the rows. Each of these are surrounded by 4 seeding rows and can be flushed with redstone (using a piston which is placed on one of the seeding rows next to it).


I found a viable solution for the above mentioned problem using cacti. One cactus serves 2 pressure plates (each of which activate the water flow on one column) meaning it may drop cactus blocks on one of them each time it tries to grow. Unfortunately, the item will stay there for 5 minutes preventing more mushrooms from spawning. So it's nowhere perfect, but does the job and is relatively easy to build.

A lever can be added to disable automatic farming entirely (allowing more mushrooms to grow in that time).
For manual farming with a button you need a monostable circuit to expand the pulse long enough for the water to transport the items all the way to the end of the stream. I found an efficient design by MinecraftAddict for this.


According to some quick tests, one row on one side yields about 1.75-2.0 mushrooms/hour.
Son if you wanted your farm to fill your inventory over a period of 10 hours (230 items/hr) you could make it 8x8 rows on both sides (like shown) using 2 stacks of pistons.

Manual harvesting per button is far more efficient though (if you wait long enough), so you can both use it to farm while being idle as well as pushing the button every now and then while doing stuff around your base.

But efficiency wasn't my initial goal, because since you can expand/repeat it, you can make it almost as big as you want to increase efficiency.
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10/10/2019 11:14 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Mage
Davidiculous's Avatar
Watched this whole video not realizing it was 8 years old haha. Other than the obvious updates that could be made with new Minecraft Redstone technology, does this still work? Or are there better ways to make a mushroom farm?
08/04/2011 8:36 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Princess
Xylvion's Avatar
wait...Do Shrooms grow on wool? ;x
08/04/2011 9:16 pm
Level 40 : Master Engineer
taurose's Avatar
They grow on any opaque block except Glowstone (cause of the light level).
08/05/2011 9:19 am
Level 35 : Artisan Princess
Xylvion's Avatar
oh, I had no idea o;

Nice work though c;
08/04/2011 6:13 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Soldier
Kitsuna777's Avatar
looks like a particle accelerator
08/04/2011 6:13 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Creeper Hugger
MassiveMax's Avatar
wow, that's a great idea and the tutorial is very well done

-> awesome project :)
08/04/2011 5:55 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Nether Knight
MegaNumberInfinite's Avatar
Nice you used and if anybody wants to know Misa's Realistic Texture
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