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Farm Running, sometimes referred to as crop running, is the act of going through rounds of farming patches in order to level up Farming efficiently (see Farming training). Crop running can be combined with other activities while en route to alleviate monotony, such as doing bits of quests that are in the area of the farm patches being run. Some players like to focus on specific crop types for their runs while others will mix and match the patch types farmed. Regardless, crop running is the most effective way to gain experience in farming as opposed to sitting relatively idle at a farm patch to watch crops grow.

Two pieces of jewellery can be helpful while crop running, namely the amulet of farming and amulet of nature as these will allow an aspiring farmer to keep tabs on two patches. Additionally, effective and efficient farming also requires the ability to use almost every teleportation method available in RuneScape. Most crops runs can be done by the traditional method of walking. Lunar Magic is helpful for its Fishing guild and Catherby teleports as well as its cure plant and fertile soil spells, all of which are available at 87 Magic after completion of the Lunar Diplomacy quest.

It is recommended to pre-load your tool belt with farming tools before starting to level. Seed dibber, Spade, Rake, and secateurs (or Magic secateurs, remember to wield them!) can be stored on tool belt.

Recommended quests, activities, tasks and other useful itemsEdit

Recommended magical itemsEdit

Vegetable runEdit

Even though vegetables are the first seeds that can be planted, vegetable runs are not practical for low-level players. Vegetable runs are intended for players with the ability to move across RuneScape rapidly (teleporting, fairy rings, etc.). Each run can be performed approx every 40 minutes.

InventoryEdit

Harvesting a farming patch

Farming patch that includes vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Required:

It's good to have enough seeds for two plantings in all of the patches you plan to visit; that way, as you do the loop, harvesting your crop, you can plant the next crop at the same time, and then once all crops have been harvested, visit the Grand Exchange to sell your crop and purchase another set of seeds. Using any fruits or vegetables on a tool leprechaun turns the crops into notes.
Optional:

Vegetable run sequence (teleporting)Edit

Requirements:

Start off with the items in your inventory for the first stop.

Vegetable run sequence (Fairy Rings)Edit

Requirements:

Start off with the items in your inventory for the first stop.

  • Use Explorer's ring 3 cabbage-port to teleport to the cabbage patch and run north to the allotment patch.
  • Farm the allotment patch and use the amulet of farming on it.
  • Keep this compost bin busy at all times - get enough buckets that you can empty it as soon as it becomes full, and fill it with cabbages from the field when it's empty.
  • If you have planted trees in Falador and Lumbridge, check on them now.
  • Run south to the fairy ring behind the wizard's tower, use it, from the fairy kingdom use the fairy ring again to the Legend's Guild (code B•L•R)
  • Run west to the allotment patch north of East Ardougne and farm it.
    • An alternative route to this patch is to use a skills necklace to teleport to the Fishing Guild, then run east. This is shorter then running to the wizard's tower if you do not intend to check tree patches.
  • Run northeast to the allotment patch that is north of Catherby and farm it.
  • Run north-west to the hops patch that is north-west of Seers' Village and farm it.
  • Run northeast to the fairy ring by Sinclair Mansion, then head to Morytania (code A•L•Q). Have enough run energy available that you can run north past the level 61 vampyres and level 52 leeches.
    • If you choose to omit the hops patch, an ectophial is a faster way to reach the Morytania patches than running to a fairy ring.
  • If you have agility level 21, you can use the fairy ring to get to Edgeville (code D•K•R) and then use the underwall tunnel to access the Grand Exchange. If you have planted a tree in Varrock, check on it now.
  • Cabbage-port back to the cabbage patch and repeat as needed.

Farm the vegetablesEdit

Recommended SeedsEdit

Farming level Allotment Flower Herb Hops Tree Fruit Tree Notes
20 Farming-icon Tomatoes Marigolds to protect your tomatoes Tarromin Yanillian hops Oak tree Apple tree

Sweetcorn gives more experience than tomatoes, but it's more expensive and more difficult to grow.

Prior to your first run, purchase or prepare:

Each subsequent run, purchase (or purchase multiples in advance):



Fill the basket with tomatoes at one of the patches prior to reaching your hops patch.

31 Farming-icon Strawberries Woad Harralander Wildblood hops Willow tree Apple tree Gout tuber gives more experience than harralander, but is prohibitively expensive.

Prior to your first run, purchase or prepare:

Each subsequent run, purchase (or purchase multiples in advance):



Fill the baskets with apples for your next run, to pay for protection for your strawberries.

Hop runEdit

Hops patches are not nearly as convenient to reach using standard teleportation sites, and have only one patch versus allotment sites which have 2 allotment, 1 flower, 1 herb patch, and a compost bin. Only barley and Jute fibres are used as payments to gardeners to watch over other crops.

InventoryEdit

Hops run sequenceEdit

Farm the hopsEdit

Herb runEdit

Herb runs are the same as Allotment runs (they can be done at the same time) apart from a Herb patch without an allotment patch in Trollheim. An average herb run can take less than five minutes if moving quickly and can therefore be a good money maker for the time it takes, assuming the player is planting more profitable crops, such as avantoe, dwarf weed or lantadyme. Remember that tools, compost, supercompost, and empty buckets can be stored with the leprechauns. Also remember that leprechauns can exchange your crops for notes to save space on crop runs.

InventoryEdit

Herb run sequenceEdit

  • The patches can be done in any order, though it is a good idea to end up in Catherby as that has the closest bank:
    • Teleport to Trollheim (the quest My Arm's Big Adventure needed) and use the agility shortcuts to the west. Continue through an area filled with aggressive trolls and into the stronghold. Run south through the stronghold, to a door, and then north to a ladder. Climb it to get to the patch. A less click-heavy alternative to this route is to use a slayer ring or the fairy ring code A•J•R to the Fremennik Slayer Dungeon entrance - head north and then east to the secret door (see image). Climbing boots are required to climb over the rocks. Enter the door, go to the other end of the troll jail, go up the stairs, go up the next stairs, and then proceed to patch - this route takes 10–15 seconds longer but no runes are needed.
    • Empty the Ectophial to Port Phasmatys and run west.
    • Use the cabbage port option on your Explorer's ring to teleport to the patch south of Falador .
    • Teleport to Ardougne and run north-east; or use the fishing guild teleport on a Skills Necklace and run east to reach the patch north-east of Ardougne. If the monastery teleport from the cloak is used, the bush outside of there can be picked to add to farming xp on each run. If the Ardougne lodestone has been activated, teleport there, and run north and around the fence. Optionally you can go straight east, and climb over both the stiles, and through the gate, then a bit north, but the forementioned method is a bit faster. With the new update this is faster than the Ardougne teleport.
    • Teleport to Camelot and run east until you reach the patch north of Catherby. A slightly longer (14 seconds), but cheaper alternative is to run to Catherby from the Ardougne allotment. Remember to check the fruit tree in Catherby for more farming xp. If the Catherby lodestone has been activated you can teleport there, and the patches will be just a few steps to the north-west.

Farming the herbsEdit

  • Have your Seeds and Compost ready.
  • Have Juju Farming potions ready (for the extra herbs) and drink a dose before you pick.
  • Make sure magic secateurs are equipped.
  • Activate the Greenfingers Aura for the extra herbs. 
  • Harvest the crop.
  • Treat soil with Supercompost, Lunar Spell Fertile Soil , or Compost (Supercompost has a better crop yield, and the crop does not die as often).
  • Plant your herb seed.
  • Clean herbs or not, depending on your goals, just remember when you get them noted, it's better if they are all the same.
  • Use a herb on the Tool leprechaun to get them noted.
  • Change out empty bucket for more Supercompost (or Compost) from leprechaun.
  • Head to next patch, or ...
  • Return Farming tools to Tool Leprechaun (only do this on the last patch).

Tree runEdit

Tree runs are performed to check on the health of the tree. All the sites can be run to instead of teleporting. It is impractical to run to the patch in the Tree Gnome Stronghold. For a faster run, ensure that saplings have been prepared in advance.

InventoryEdit

Example tree run sequenceEdit

Assumes Tree Gnome Village quest was completed. If Taverley lodestone is unlocked, use it. Otherwise use a Ring of duelling and a Log to teleport to Castle Wars and ride the Balloon to Taverley or use the Lodestone Network.

  • Start off at the bank in the Grand Exchange and withdraw items for the first stop.
  • Farm the tree at the Varrock Castle Courtyard tree patch and use the amulet of nature on the patch.
  • Deposit the harvest at the bank in the Grand Exchange and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Use the spirit tree teleport at the north-east corner of the Grand Exchange to the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  • Farm the tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  • Deposit items at the Tree Gnome Stronghold bank and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Teleport to Falador.
  • Farm the tree at the Falador Park patch.
  • Deposit the harvest at the east Falador bank and withdraw item for next stop.
  • Teleport to Taverley.
  • Farm the Taverley tree patch.
  • Teleport to Lumbridge.
  • Deposit the harvest at the Lumbridge Castle bank.
  • Farm the tree patch west of Lumbridge Castle.

Farm the treeEdit

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Chop down tree with hatchet. (tool belt works)
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay gardener.
  • Bind amulet of nature to first tree in run.

Willow branch runEdit

Willow branches cannot be harvested immediately after a willow tree has its health checked on. This run is used to harvest the willow branches and is performed in the same manner as a tree run. Best if performed 30 minutes after the willow tree's health has been checked on to yield 6 willow branches. This run yields very little Farming experience.

InventoryEdit

Willow tree run sequenceEdit

  • Similar to a normal tree run. Less banking is required though.

Example willow branch run sequenceEdit

Assumes completion of the Tree Gnome Village quest. If Taverley lodestone is unlocked, use it. Otherwise use a Ring of duelling and a Log to teleport to Castle Wars and ride the Balloon to Taverley.

  • Start off at the bank in the Grand Exchange and withdraw (magic) secateurs.
  • Farm the tree at the Varrock Castle Courtyard tree patch and use the amulet of nature on the patch.
  • Use the spirit tree teleport at the north-east corner of the Grand Exchange to the Tree Gnome Village. Use the spirit tree there and teleport to the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  • Farm the tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  • Deposit the harvest at the Tree Gnome Stronghold bank and withdraw methods to teleport to both Falador and Taverley if needed.
  • Teleport to Falador.
  • Farm the tree at the Falador Park patch.
  • Teleport to Taverley.
  • Farm the Taverley tree patch.
  • Teleport to Lumbridge.
  • Farm the tree patch west of Lumbridge Castle.

Farm the willow branchesEdit

  • Requires the player to use the (magic) secateurs on the tree to obtain 1 willow branch. Typically, this is done 6 times per stop.

Fruit tree runEdit

Fruit tree patches should be easily accessible to most players except for the one in Lletya (see Farming/Patch locations). Fruit trees take approx 15 hours to grow (includes time when not logged in). For all practical purposes, a fruit tree run is done once per day so you do not need to use an amulet of nature. For a faster run, ensure that saplings have been prepared in advance.

InventoryEdit

Apple tree

A fully grown Apple Tree.

Example fruit tree run sequenceEdit

  • Start off at the bank in the Grand Exchange and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Use the spirit tree teleport at the north-east corner of the Grand Exchange to then Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  • Farm the fruit tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  • Deposit items at the Tree Gnome Stronghold bank and withdraw items for the next 2 stops. Withdraw method to travel to Brimhaven or home teleport to Karamja.
  • Use the spirit tree teleport to take you back to the Tree Gnome Village. Talk to Elkoy to quickly take you through the maze.
  • Farm the fruit tree at the patch west of the Tree Gnome Village maze.
  • Teleport to Ardougne. Deposit at the south Ardougne bank the harvest and withdraw items for the next 2 stops plus 30 coins for the boat ride to Brimhaven. Withdraw method to teleport to Catherby (if needed).
  • Talk to Captain Barnaby at the Ardougne docks and take boat to Brimhaven.
  • Farm the fruit tree at the patch north of Brimhaven.
  • Teleport to Catherby, or use the Charter Ship from Brimhaven docks for 480 gold.
  • Farm the fruit tree at the patch east of Catherby.
  • Deposit items at the Catherby bank and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Teleport to Lletya.
  • Farm the fruit tree patch in Lletya.

An alternative fruit tree run that assumes you have a spirit tree planted north of Brimhaven (takes 5–10 minutes). This one is used for only harvesting your trees rather than planting them:

  • Start off at the bank in the Grand Exchange and withdraw 1 law rune, 5 air runes (or an air staff), and a Teleport crystal (no other items are necessary).
  • Use the spirit tree teleport at the north-east corner of the Grand Exchange to Brimhaven.
  • Farm the fruit tree to the west of the spirit tree.
  • Use the spirit tree to teleport to Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  • Farm the fruit patch just to the east of the spirit tree.
  • Use the spirit tree to teleport to the Tree Gnome Village.
  • Talk to Elkoy to quickly take you through the maze and then farm the fruit tree to the south-west.
  • Use the teleport crystal to teleport to Lletya (don't forget to have Eluned recharge it if you have no charges left).
  • Farm the fruit tree to the south-east.
  • Teleport to Camelot and travel south-east to Catherby.
  • Deposit your items in the Catherby bank.
  • Farm the fruit tree by the agility shortcut to Taverley.
  • As a bonus, do any other farming in the Catherby farming patch while you are there.

Farm the fruit treeEdit

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Harvest the fruit (picked by hand).
  • Remove fruit tree.
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay gardener.

Bush runEdit

Bush runs are efficiently performed by using fairy rings. They require the player to have started Fairytale II - Cure a Queen, but do not require completion – this means you do not need 49 Farming or 57 Herblore.

Jangerberry9

A fully grown Jangerberry Bush.

Fastest RunEdit

InventoryEdit

AlternatelyEdit

InventoryEdit

  • Teleport to Varrock and run south to the Champion's Guild
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Teleport to Falador and run south to Rimmington
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Teleport to Ardougne and run to south to bush patch.
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Rub your glory amulet and telport to edgeville..
  • Run to the fairy ring, and dial C-I-P.
  • Run east to Etceteria
  • Farm the bush patch.

Farm the bush patchEdit

  • Check the health of the bush (if applicable).
  • Harvest the crop.
  • Clear the plot.
  • Plant the Bush seed.
  • Pay gardener.

Supercompost runEdit

Supercompost runs are performed in the same manner as vegetable runs. Once supercompost runs are started, the buckets of supercompost can either be stored with Tool Leprechaun or sold on the Grand Exchange. Supercompost runs are not intended to train the Farming skill.

InventoryEdit

Closedcompostbin

A closed Compost Bin.

Supercompost run sequenceEdit

Farm the supercompostEdit

See alsoEdit

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