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Farmville Secrets

Farmville Secrets By Tony ‘T Dub’ Sanders

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Farmville Secrets Contents Disclaimer ……………………………………………………..…………………………………………………………….4 Introduction ................................................................................................................ 4 Getting Started ........................................................................................................... 6 How Big to Get ............................................................................................................. 6 What to Plant ............................................................................................................... 8 Harvesting Time ........................................................................................................... 8 Experience ................................................................................................................... 9 Investment Return ....................................................................................................... 9 Dollar Per Hour ....................................................................................................... 10 Putting it All Together ................................................................................................ 10 Keeping Track ............................................................................................................. 11 Rate of Rot ................................................................................................................. 12 Building Up ............................................................................................................... 13 Animals ...................................................................................................................... 13 Trees .......................................................................................................................... 15 Decorations................................................................................................................ 16 Buildings .................................................................................................................... 17 Vehicles...................................................................................................................... 18 Save or Spend ............................................................................................................ 19 Cash .......................................................................................................................... 20 Coins .......................................................................................................................... 20 FarmVille Cash ........................................................................................................... 22 Adding Coins and Cash ............................................................................................... 22 Surveys ................................................................................................................... 23 Ribbons .................................................................................................................. 24 Sharing the Wealth .................................................................................................... 25 Neighbors ................................................................................................................. 26 Finding Neighbors ...................................................................................................... 26 Make it Personal ........................................................................................................ 27 www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Forums ................................................................................................................... 27 Benefits of Neighbors ................................................................................................ 28 Expanding Your Territory ........................................................................................... 30 Deciding to Expand and Weighing the Cost ................................................................ 31 Conclusion ................................................................................................................ 32 Resource Lists ........................................................................................................... 33 Crop List ..................................................................................................................... 33 Best Seeds in Earnings Per Week ............................................................................... 35 Trees .......................................................................................................................... 37 Animals ...................................................................................................................... 38 Decorations................................................................................................................ 39 Ribbons ...................................................................................................................... 41 Levels ......................................................................................................................... 44 Leveling at Light Speed……………………………………………………………………………………….... 50 The Secret to Leveling Faster……………………………………………………………………………………51 Star Crops…………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………….52 Best Crops by Harvesting Time…………………………………………………………………………………..53 Sample Crop Rotations……………………………………………………………………………………………54

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Farmville Secrets Disclaimer Since this guide caters for all players, we will start slow to make sure all the basics are fully covered. If you are confident in your skills as a Farmville player, feel free to skip to the more advanced strategies later on in the guide and come back to earlier parts for reference.

Introduction Everyday life is full of chaos and stress. We're always rushing to get our work done, get the kids to soccer practice, and get dinner on the table. There are cars and malls and big office buildings all around us. With this constantly hectic environment, it's not surprising that many people dream of escaping to a quiet place in the country for a while.

That's just one of the reasons Farmville, a new game on Facebook, has been such a huge success in the short amount of time it's been online. Following in the fine tradition of other games by Zynga, Farmville allows players to design their own farm and interact with other players through Facebook. The tasks you can undertake on your farm include placing animals, planting trees, plowing fields, and harvesting crops. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Farmville lets you create your own private oasis away from the chaos of everyday life. You have total control of how your farm looks and what crops you choose to plant. In Farmville, the sky is always blue, the grass is always green, and the sun is always shining. It's easy to see why so many people have gotten hooked on this game.

But Farmville isn't just about relaxing either. Running a farm is hard work and there's a lot to keep track of if you want your farm to prosper. The size of your farm, the rotation of the crops, and the other items you choose to incorporate will all have an effect on your overall success in this game. Spending some time in Farmville is a great way to relax, but it has its own challenges as well.

Setting up your farm is also a commitment. You don't want to go to all the trouble of planting a bunch of crops only to let them wither on the vine because you didn't get back to harvest them in time. Farmville makes it necessary for you to plan ahead and consider the consequences of your planting and building decisions. But that's just part of what makes it an engaging game to play. You get to relax and be challenged at the same time, and what could be better than that?

And of course, as with so many of the games you can play on social networking sites, Farmville is about connecting with your neighbors and helping them out. You can gain valuable experience and cash in the game by helping your friends with chores on their farm. Adding more neighbors also allows you access to new options for advanced play in the game. Plus, Farmville gives you a new way to connect with those people on your contact lists that you may not talk to all that often.

Of course, Farmville is basically easy to play. But there are a lot of tricks and tips that can make your farm a much bigger success if you're able to implement them from the beginning. Whether you're a newcomer to Farmville or an experienced farmer, you'll no doubt get some helpful information out of reading this guide.

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Farmville Secrets Getting Started When you first set foot on your farm, it will consist of six plowed patches. Two of these will have crops that are fully grown and ready to harvest, two will have crops that are half grown, and the last two will be all ready for you to plant on them. You'll also have 200 coins and 5 dollars worth of FarmVille cash in the bank.

The first thing to do is start harvesting the crops that are ready for market. When you do this, you earn coins that you can put towards plowing more land an planting more seeds. You can add as many plowed patches to your farm as you want, as long as you have the money to plow them. You can also choose which seeds to plant, but there are several things you should take into account when you make these decisions.

How Big to Get Of course, the more land you have to plant on, the more money you'll make by harvesting your crops. This doesn't mean you can keep expanding your farm indefinitely though. Plowing and planting aren't free. You'll just be wasting time and money if you plow a bunch of fields and then can't afford to buy any seeds to plant in them. Therefore, you want to expand a little bit at a time so that you're able to fully take advantage of all of your available acreage.

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The best way to maximize your growth and planning potential at first is to clear 10 more patches of land. Once you harvest the crops that were ready and waiting for you, you'll have just enough money to clear that land and plant on it. This way, you'll have more land to grow crops on, and you'll be able to plant on all of it right away.

You can, of course, clear more land right away. If you do that though, you won't have enough money left to plant any crops and a lot of the land will just sit empty. You also won't be able to plant on as may clear parcels of land as you would have if you didn't clear so many to begin with. As counterintuitive as it may seem, if you want to get a big farm going fast, you have to take it slow.

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Farmville Secrets What to Plant The only crop options available to you at first will be strawberries, eggplant, wheat, and soybeans. Each of these crops has several different characteristics, and so different benefits. Which crop you decide to plant will have a lot to do with how often you're going to be checking on your farm, as well as how quickly you want to advance in the game. You can find a complete breakdown of each crop and its attributes at the end of this guide, but here are a few general tips to help you evaluate your options as you begin playing.

Harvesting Time One of the many factors to take into account when deciding what to plant is how long you will have to wait to harvest it. Strawberries, for example, will be ready to harvest 4 hours after you plant them. If you don't get back to harvest them within 8 hours though, they'll wilt and you won't be able to make any money off of them.

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Farmville Secrets You want to make sure you're not going to be planting a bunch of crops that will wilt before you can harvest them. For instance, eggplants take 2 days to grow, so you may want to consider planting these instead of strawberries if you're not going to be checking on your farm for a while. That way, you get the best use out of your land and you get a bigger payoff at the end of the growing cycle. Crops that take longer to grow also generally sell for more coins at harvest time.

Experience Another factor that will contribute to your planting decision is that different crops yield different benefits in terms of experience. Crops that take at least a day to grow will grant you 2 experience points for each patch of land you plant them on. Most crops take at least this long to grow to maturity, but there are some, like strawberries, that only take a few hours. These will only get you one experience point per plot of land planted. The faster you accumulate experience points, the faster you'll move up to the next level.

That doesn't mean you want to only plant the crops that give you 2 experience points though. If you're going to be able to check back on your strawberries and plant more as soon as the old ones are ready to be harvested, you can actually get more experience points in a day with these types of crops. It all depends on how well you stay on top of your planting and harvesting cycles.

Investment Return Another factor to consider when you're deciding what to plant will be the relationship between the cost of the seeds and the price you get for your goods when you harvest them. In this context, soybeans are the best of the crops you have available to you at the start of the game. They cost only 15 coins to plant per plot of land, but you can sell your harvest for 63 coins per plot of land.

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Farmville Secrets do. Because there are so many factors that go can influence your decision about what to plant, you can see that this isn't exactly a straightforward decision.

Dollar Per Hour Not only can you asses a potential crop's value by how much of a return it brings on the initial investment, but you can also evaluate its earning potential per hour. For example, strawberries take 4 hours to mature and sell for 35 coins per plot of land. Eggplants, on the other hand, take 48 hours to mature and sell for 88 coins per plot of land.

This gives the strawberries a coin per hour rate of 8.75, as opposed to the eggplant's 1.83. What all of this really means is that your decision about what crops to plant will have to take into account how often you want to check back on your farm, how quickly you want to level up, and how quickly you want to be able to build up your cash stores.

Putting it All Together So how do you decide what to do first as you start to work on your farm? Well, your first priority needs to be getting some cash in the bank. I'd recommend plowing an area that's 4 plots by 4 plots and planting strawberries on the entire area first, assuming you’ll be able to check back on your farm in about 4 hours. You should have just enough coins to complete this task. You also won't have to wait too long before you can harvest your crop and start again.

Strawberries don't give you the best return on your investment, but they do give you enough so that you'll be way ahead by the time you harvest them. At this point, you'll be able to branch out into some other types of crops. Soybeans are the best one to opt for next though. Until you can advance and unlock some more crops, these will give you the best return on your investment. They also only take a day to mature, so you'll be able to replant quickly and build up your experience points fast.

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Farmville Secrets This same basic theory will apply as you advance through the game and unlock more types of crops. While taking the characteristics and benefits of each crop into consideration is important, it's also very important to be realistic about how often you'll be able to check back on your farm. You can make the best planting decisions possible, but if you don't get back to harvest your plants in time, all that careful planting will go to waste.

Keeping Track As your farm gets bigger and you plant more and more different kinds of crops, you may start to lose track of what is planted where and when it will be ready for harvest. This is easy to do, but you can help yourself by following a few simple guidelines for planting and organization.

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Farmville Secrets together and not winding all over the place and around each other. For example, you may want to plant a 3 by 3 section of eggplants, adjacent to a 3 by 3 section of soybeans, and continue on like that.

It's also a good idea not to plant the same type of crop at two different times. That's because it's very easy to forget about one of them and not go back to harvest until the later one is ready. By then you may have already lost your first crop. Planting all pumpkins at one time, and then all squash the next will make it much easier for you to remember what needs to be harvested when.

Rate of Rot This is especially important to keep in mind when you're planting crops that mature quickly. The window for harvesting any crop is the same as the length of time it takes that crop to grow. This means that pumpkins, since they take 8 hours to mature, will start to rot 8 hours after they're ready for harvest. You'll have to make sure you get back to your farm within 16 hours of planting your pumpkins then, in order to keep from losing them.

If you think you're not going to be able to check on your farm for a while, you may want to consider planting crops like artichokes. These will take 4 days to mature, but you'll have an additional 4 days to harvest them. This is a good way to keep your farm active if you're going to be away for a while. It's also a good thing to keep in mind so that you know what kind of window you have to get back to your farm before you first crop will start to wither.

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Farmville Secrets Building Up Once you start to get a handle on your planting and harvesting cycles, you can begin exploring all of the other options FarmVille has to offer. As you advance in levels and build up your coin stash, you'll be able to buy more and more items for decorating and enhancing the value of your farm. Some of these are worthwhile investments, although many are just fun to play with.

That's what makes this game so great, really. It allows you to play at your own pace and turn your farm into exactly what you want it to be. You can add structures, fences, animals, trees, vehicles, and many other types of decorations to your farm to give it your own personal touch. That way, when you're friends come to visit, they'll be able to see what a magnificent farmer you are.

Animals

The first animal you'll be able to buy is a chicken, followed a few levels later by a cow, and then finally a sheep. You may be able to acquire some animals before you're able to buy them though because you will always be able to receive them as gifts. You can ask your friends to give you some animals, or they may just do it all on their own. There are some animals too, like horses for instance, that you can only receive as gifts.

Animals are different from crops in several ways. First of all, they cost a lot and their products sell for very little. For example, a cow will cost you 400 coins, but each time you milk it, you'll only get 6 coins www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets from the milk you sell. Of course, you don't have to buy a new cow every time you milk one. They'll take day or so to be ready for you to milk again, and you'll get another 6 coins out of the deal.

It can take a while to make a profit off of your animals, but eventually you will. It's also just fun to have them around, and you can do more than just milk them. They like to go for walks and are very happy when they get attention from you. You can also sell them if you're really strapped for cash. You won't get what you paid for them, but you'll get enough to help you out in a pinch. And if you acquired them as a gift to begin with, then selling them just gets you some free money.

You also gain experience from buying animals and from selling the milk, eggs, or wool they produce. This is another good reason to invest in some animals if you want to level up fast. You do have to be careful to pen them though. Otherwise they'll wander off and you'll take a loss on your investment. Once in a while, a stray animal will wander onto your farm, and you'll be able to help them find a new home.

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Farmville Secrets Trees

Trees work essentially the same way animals do (although they can't wander away). They cost a lot and each individual harvest of fruit doesn't sell for very much. But over time, they do pay for themselves because they start growing a new crop every time you harvest the old one. Plus, they're just a nice addition to your farm.

There are many different kinds of trees you can buy or receive as gifts, and each of them has a different type of fruit and different characteristics. They take different lengths of time to mature, but you won't lose the fruit if you don't harvest it in a certain amount of time. Depending on your preference, you can leave the fruit there to look pretty until you really need some cash, or you can sell it as soon as it's ready and wait for more to grow. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets You can also sell trees just as you can farm animals. They don't fetch a great price, but it's still a good option to have if you suddenly find yourself short on cash. Once you plant a tree, you don't have to leave it in that spot forever. This is another nice feature because it means that as your farm grows, you can adapt.

If you find that you need the spot a tree is in for something else, you can simply relocate it. This not only saves you from having to sell a tree if it's in the way of changes you want to make to your farm, but it also means that you don't have to spend a ton of time deliberating about where to put each tree you buy. Just put it where you think is best at the moment. You can always change it later.

Decorations

There are literally dozens of items you can buy to add your own personal touch to your farm. These can be anything from outhouses, to whitewash fences, to bicycles. These items vary considerably in price and the options available to you will increase as you level up. You'll gain some measure of www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets experience points by purchasing any of them, and they do also have some resale value.

Just as with the trees and animals, you won't get nearly what you paid for a decorative item when you sell it, but it's a good option to have when you're strapped for cash. Mostly though, these items are fun to collect and place to give your farm some character. You can move them any time you want too, which gives you endless possibilities for farm layouts and looks.

Buildings It can take a while, but eventually you'll be ready to start building on your farm. You can choose from 30 different structures, and they do get pricey. But they deliver a ton of experience, so they're a good way to keep leveling up fast once you reach the higher levels of the game. These structures can be as simple as a tool shed or well, or as substantial as a manor house.

Either way, though, they add a nice touch to your farm. You want to be careful and choose the buildings that offer the most experience benefit relative to price because you will be spending so much money on them. You can also sell off your buildings later on if you don't need them or if you need money fast. They also sell for substantially less than you bought them for, but that's still a lot of cash in most cases.

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Farmville Secrets Vehicles

Once you reach level 12 you can buy some farm vehicles to help you with the workload on your farm. Your options include a red tractor, a pink tractor, a harvester, and a seeder. These can greatly improve the efficiency of your farm, but this does come with a price. The vehicles themselves are not excessively expensive, but you'll only be able to use them as long as you have fuel for them.

This means that you can wait for the fuel to fill up on its own, or you can buy fuel refills for your vehicles. And these can add up fast. The fuel refills can also only be purchased with FarmVille cash, not coins, so you'll need to consider if this is the way you want to spend this valuable currency.

It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to invest in some farm vehicles. Tractors will allow to you harvest at 4 times the speed since they can plow 4 plots of land at a time. You can certainly get the benefits of speedier harvesting and seeding, but you'll also be paying out a lot for the convenience. It's best to wait to buy these until you have a big enough farm and income to support them. You can also sell these if you decide you don't want to keep paying for their fuel, but you won't get nearly as much as you paid for them either. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Save or Spend One of the great things about FarmVille is that it's always up to you how you spend your money and use your land. All of the items that you can buy will give you some benefit in the form of experience points, so you have to decide which ones will help you the most. You can also just pick the items you like best. After all, it's your farm and you're the one who'll be spending the most quality time there.

Figuring out what you want to buy can be tricky though. It'll take you a while to build up a big reservoir of coins and farm cash if you spend all of your extra money after each harvest. It's a good idea to examine all of the items you'll be able to buy and then figure out how much you'll have to save up to be able to purchase those items. Otherwise, you'll be stuck with buying a lot of the cheap items and you won't ever be able to afford the larger buildings and decorations.

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Farmville Secrets Cash As you start to play FarmVille, you'll have a relatively easy time accumulating coins. The FarmVille dollars are a bit harder to come by though. There's no equivalency either – you can't convert your coins to cash. You can use coins to buy most of the items in the market, but there are some items that you'll need cash to get.

Coins You earn coins every time you harvest crops, fruit from trees, or goods from farm animals. You'll need some of these coins to re-plow and re-plant your fields, but after each harvest you should have some left over. You can just let your coins accumulate in your account, or you can spend them on a variety of discretionary items in the market.

There are some other ways you'll get a bonus in the form of coins. You'll occasionally get a message when you log in that you won a random number of coins in the daily raffle. These messages are pretty arbitrary, as are the amounts you win, so you can't count on them for consistent income. They're certainly a nice bonus though.

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You'll also earn a small bonus every time you help out one of your neighbors with their farm. If one of your neighbors hasn't been able to get to their farm for a while, you'll receive a message that they could use your help. Accepting this message will take you to their farm where they'll ask for your help with chores like pulling weeds, raking leaves, or chasing crows away.

You can also go and visit your neighbor's farms on your own to see if they need any help when you're short on cash, but you can only help out each neighbor once a day. After that, you can visit all you want, but there won’t be any more chores for you to do.

This is just one of the reasons it's good to have a lot of neighbors. The more neighbors you have, the more farms you can visit, and the more chores you can do for coins and experience. After all, the www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets more access you have to coins, the more you'll be able to do on your own farm. Once you run out of money, you just have to wait for your crops to be ready to harvest, or you'll have to find a different way of refilling your coin stores.

FarmVille Cash FarmVille cash is much tougher to come by than coins are. You get 1 FarmVille dollar for every new level you reach, but it takes quite a while to earn any substantial amount of cash this way. FarmVille cash isn't vital to your ability to play the game the way that coins are, but there are some items in the market that you can't get without it.

Some of the cash-only items in the market are relatively cheap and you'll have enough FarmVille cash at the lower levels to afford these. If you spend your cash in small amounts this way though, you'll never be able to accumulate enough to buy the bigger items that are available later on. It's best to save your FarmVille cash until you're sure you know what you want to spend it on.

Adding Coins and Cash There is another option for increasing your available coins and FarmVille cash. You can click on the Add Farm Coins and Cash tab if you want to supplement your income a bit. In this section, you can purchase coins or cash with a credit card or paypal account. You can get a lot for a little here, and you have several options as far as how much you want to spend.

If you're going to go this route though, you're better off just going for the largest package. It costs $40, but you get the most for your money this way. Better to just get all you'll need at once rather than going back often for small purchases. You'll wind up spending more in the long run if you buy small amounts of coins or cash multiple times.

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Farmville Secrets want to buy anything substantial with FarmVille cash, you'll have to supplement your natural income. If you want a quick and easy way to instantly add FarmVille cash, this is probably the easiest way to go.

Surveys Paying cash for FarmVille dollars isn't the only way to get them though. At the bottom of the Add Farm Coins and Cash page, you'll see multiple options for surveys and other offers that pay out FarmVille cash. Some of them cost a small amount of money, but many of them are free. This is really the best option for getting extra FarmVille cash. It's easy and you don't have to invest any real money to keep playing the game.

There are a couple of drawbacks to the surveys of course, but these are relatively easy to deal with. Any survey you fill out will cause you to start getting a bunch of promotional emails. This is certainly a nuisance, but you can minimize it by simply setting up a new email account and using that one for all your surveys. That way you can keep the unwanted emails from cluttering up the inbox you actually use.

There can also be a delay in the FarmVille cash being posted to your account. Sometimes you'll get it right away, but usually it'll take at least a day to show up. There's not much you can do about this, but if you plan ahead it really shouldn't be a problem. Just start filling out those surveys early and you'll have plenty of cash when you're ready to spend it.

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Farmville Secrets Ribbons

Another way to get some coin bonuses is to earn one of the many ribbons available. There are actually 14 categories of ribbons, and each category has 4 levels. You’ll start out by earning the Yellow ribbon in a particular category. As you advance in that category, you’ll progress to the White, Red, and finally Blue ribbons.

As your performance and farming accomplishments increase, the higher ribbons you earn will result in bigger and bigger payouts. These accomplishments span the spectrum of farm activity, so you’ll likely earn some ribbons without even meaning to.

It’s a good idea to pay attention to your ribbons though and what you need to do to earn more of them. Each time you get a ribbon, you get awarded a substantial sum of cash, as well as a hefty chunk of experience points. By clicking on the ribbon icon in the bottom right hand corner of your screen, you can bring up a list of the available ribbons and what you personally have to do to earn the next one. The game keeps track of your progress in each individual area, so all you have to do is check back from time to time to see which ones you’re close to achieving and what you need to do to get there.

The required tasks may be as simple as “harvest fruit from 8 unique trees,” or “harvest 10 unique crops.” While neither of these tasks is particularly hard to accomplish, it can play a role in determining what seeds you plant and what trees you buy. Similarly, making progress towards earning ribbons can www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets guide your decisions on how many of which type of animal to keep and how many buildings to put up. There’s a ribbon for each of these, and so if you know what you have to do to get the ribbon, you’ll come out ahead every time.

Sharing the Wealth Each time you’re awarded a ribbon, you’ll be asked if you would like to “share the wealth.” This doesn’t mean that you’ll divide up your winnings among your friends or anything like that. In fact, it won’t cost you anything at all. It will, however, make it possible for your friends to get a bonus as a result of your success.

It’s always a good thing to do this because it costs you nothing and encourages your friends to return the favor. You do have to publish your accomplishment on Facebook though for your friends to be able to get the bonus. While it may not be a good idea to publish notification every time you advance to a new level, it is definitely worth doing it when you get a ribbon.

Conversely, you’ll have to be sure and pay attention to the notifications your friends post so that you don’t miss out on any bonuses yourself. You do actually have a time limit for collecting these bonuses too, so make sure you scan your news feed for the appropriate notifications every time you log in to Facebook. Check out the Resource Lists at the end of this guide for the full listings of ribbons.

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Farmville Secrets Neighbors

You can certainly work your own farm and earn enough to support yourself nicely. But if you want to be able to expand your farm, you'll need to have some neighbors. Expansion is made much easier and will cost you much less in terms of currency the more neighbors you have. Of course, since you're playing this game on a social networking site, the easiest thing to do is hit up your friends.

Finding Neighbors There's no limit on the number of neighbors you can add, so it's really up to you to determine how many you think you want to have. You certainly don't need to go out and actively recruit your friends to play the game. It's very likely some of the people on your friend list play already. You can find out who by going to the My Neighbors tab when you're on your farm. From there it's very easy to send a neighbor request to anyone you know who's already started working on their farm.

If you'd like to expand beyond this though, the game does provide an invitation function that allows you to send automated messages to anyone on your friend list asking them to play FarmVille with you and be your neighbor. This is a good place to start, and it's a good idea to invite everyone you know. You may very well be surprised who the most enthusiastic farmers turn out to be. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Make it Personal Sending an automated message is certainly the easiest way to invite all of your friends, but it's not necessarily the most effective. If you're really serious about recruiting as many neighbors as possible, you'll want to send a more personal message to the people you know. To do this, simply use the private message function on Facebook to send a personal invitation to each of your friends.

You can use the same message for everyone, but you'll be surprised how many more people respond to a message that you wrote yourself. Once your friends have set up their own farms, you can ask them to be your neighbor. There's no limit to the number of neighbors you can add, and really, there's no reason not to add as many as you can. They'll bring you quite a few benefits over time.

Forums If you're not satisfied with the neighbor count you get off of your friend list, the next place you should go is to the FarmVille Forums. You can find these by clicking on the Forum link at the bottom of the page you're on when you're playing the game. Here you'll find quite a few great FarmVille resources. One of these is a forum called ADD ME for people who are looking for neighbors. This is an excellent place to go to find more neighbors and meet people who share your interest in the game.

Most of the people you'll find on these forums are FarmVille players like you who enjoy playing and want to build up their farm as much as possible. Because you have to add someone as a friend in order to make them your neighbor though, you should always be cautious. The best way to go about this is to only add one or two people you don't know at a time.

This is because some of the profiles you will come across this way are spam. If you only add a few at a time, you'll know which profile to remove from your friend list if you start receiving a bunch of meaningless messages in you inbox. If you've added a bunch of strangers at once, it can be next to www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets impossible to figure out which one to get rid of.

FarmVille Forums aren't just good for helping your find new neighbors either. They're also a great place to go to find answers to any questions you have while playing the game. Or they can be a great place to just socialize with other players, as well as a good source of information about updates and changes to game play. Even if you use them only sparingly, these forums are a great resource to keep in mind when you have problems or questions about FarmVille.

Benefits of Neighbors Of course, you won't be ready to expand your farm for a while, but there are other reasons it's good to have neighbors. One simple one is that going and looking at the ways other people set up their farms can help you get ideas about what you want to do with your own little plot of land. Since your neighbors will likely all be at different stages of game play, you can learn a lot just by looking at what they've done.

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Farmville Secrets There are other, more practical reasons to want to have a lot of neighbors as well. When you're short on cash, it's great to have the option to go and help out on your neighbors' farms to earn some money fast. You can help out each of your neighbors once a day. For the first 20 neighbors you help in a day, you'll earn 20 coins and 5 experience points each. Once you get up over 20, you'll only be earning 5 coins and 1 experience point each, but that can still add up to a lot of cash if you make a habit out of it.

Having a lot of neighbors also means getting a lot of gifts. Sending gifts doesn't cost you anything, and it can be a great way to build up your collection of farm animals and trees early in the game. The more gifts you send to your neighbors, the more they'll be inclined to send to you (assuming they're good neighbors).

The more neighbors you have, then, the more gifts you'll get. This is really the best way to get ahead in the game fast. There are also quite a few items that you can only get if you receive it as a gift. About half of the available types of trees can only be acquired this way. Also several kinds of animals like horses, pigs, rabbits, goats, and ducks can only be gifted. They can’t be bought.

Plus it's just fun to be able to play this game with your friends. It can even prove to be a good way to connect with someone on your friend list that you don't actually talk to all that often. Breaking the ice by talking about your farms or helping each other out in the game is a great and easy way to rekindle an old friendship. You can even leave notes for your neighbors on their farms when you go to visit to let them know how great you think their farming is coming along.

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Farmville Secrets Expanding Your Territory Once you've made the most of the plot of land you started with, you may want to spread your wings a bit and get some more space to work with. You can expand your farm incrementally from the 12 X 12 plot that you start with up until you have a 20 X 20 Plantation. You can't just jump to the 20 X 20 however. You have to buy the plots in order.

This means that your first step in expanding your farm will be establishing a Homestead. This is a 14 X 14 plot, which will give you a significant amount of added space to work with. You'll also have to have a Homestead before you can take the next expansion step and buy a 16 X 16 Family Farm. At this point, the 20 X 20 Plantation is the largest plot of land available, but at some point in the future you will be able to expand to a 22 X 22 Big Ole Plantation, and even a 24 X 24 Mighty Plantation.

The reasons for wanting to expand your farm are pretty straightforward. You'll eventually max out your earning capability on your original plot of land. If you want to keep moving up and building your business, you'll need more space to work with. There's really no downside to expanding as long as you're financially stable enough to handle the larger space.

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Farmville Secrets Deciding to Expand and Weighing the Cost Expanding before you're ready can make it hard to maintain a positive cash flow. You want to make sure you'll have at least 10,000 coins in the bank after you purchase your land expansion in order to be sure you're up to the task of managing a larger farm.

Once you decide you're ready to expand though, you'll need to be able to pay for the extra land. There are actually two ways you can do this, but neither of them is particularly cheap. If you have enough neighbors, you can pay in coins. If you don't have as many neighbors as is required for the plot of land you want to buy, you'll have to pay in FarmVille cash.

For example, the 14 X 14 Homestead can be bought for 10,000 coins as long as you have at least 8 neighbors to help you with construction. If you don't have that many neighbors, you can also buy the Homestead for $20 in FarmVille cash. Since the coins are so much easier to come by than the cash, you'll be wise to try and recruit those few extra neighbors so you can pay in coins.

You may think that $20 FarmVille cash isn't that much in the grand scheme of things. You'll need $20 more each time you want to expand though. So if you want to expand fast, you either have to have a lot of FarmVille dollars on hand or you'll have to seek out some new neighbors. Even the largest plot of land currently available only requires that you have 16 neighbors.

This isn't a particularly large number when you think about it, and it will save you a lot of money in the long run if you just go out and recruit some friends to help you. It really isn't as hard as it might seem to get people to be your neighbors either because they don't actually have to do anything to help you. All they have to do is open the application and set up their character. After that, they never have to come back to their farm again. Once your friends know this, they may be more inclined to help you out.

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Farmville Secrets Conclusion One of the best things about FarmVille is that it doesn’t matter if you’re very involved in it and log in all the time, or if you just feel like doing some occasional hoeing and seeding. It’s still a great way to spend some time and catch up with fellow farmers. Chances are though, once you start farming, you’ll have a hard time resisting the urge to check on your farm as often as possible.

The endless possibilities for rearranging and building on your farm make FarmVille a very engaging game to play. You can check out the new structures and decorations you’ll want to build on your farm, and then work your land until you have enough money to pay for them. Just remember to plan ahead and you’ll do just fine.

Success in FarmVille is really mostly the result of common sense. You need to be sure to always weight your options and spend your money wisely. That way you’ll be able to afford the things you really want later on. And remember to always be good to your neighbors. The benefits they give you are immeasurable. You can succeed in FarmVille without neighbors, but it’s infinitely harder to accomplish the things you want to quickly.

This guide is designed to be a good resource that can help you make wise decisions about how to spend your money and time in FarmVille. It’s always a good idea to check out the forums and stay up to date on any new changes or developments in the game because it’s still in Beta. I have no doubt that once you get your hands into that soil once or twice, you’ll be hooked on FarmVille for a long time.

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Farmville Secrets Resource Lists

Crop List Seeds

Cost

Maturity

Experience

Sell For

Profit / Hour

Strawberry

10 coins

4 hours

1 Experience

35 coins

6.3

Eggplant

25 coins

2 days

2 Experience

88 coins

1.3

Wheat

35 coins

3 days

2 Experience

115 coins

1.1

Soybeans

15 coins

1 day

2 Experience

63 coins

2.0

Squash

40 coins

2 days

2 Experience

121 coins

1.7

Pumpkins

30 coins

8 hours

1 Experience

68 coins

4.8

Artichokes

70 coins

4 days

2 Experience

119 coins

0.5

Rice

45 coins

12 hours

1 Experience

96 coins

4.3

Raspberries

20 coins

2 hours

0 Experience

46 coins

13.0

Cotton

75 coins

3 days

2 Experience

117 coins

0.6

Bell Peppers

75 coins

2 days

2 Experience

108 coins

0.7

Peppers

70 coins

1 day

2 Experience

162 coins

3.8

Aloe Vera

50 coins

6 hours

1 Experience

85 coins

5.8

Pineapple

95 coins

2 days

2 Experience

242 coins

3.1

Blueberries

50 coins

4 hours

1 Experience

91 coins

10.3

Watermelon

130 coins 4 days

2 Experience

348 coins

2.3

Grapes

85 coins

2 Experience

270 coins

7.7

Tomato

100 coins 8 hours

1 Experience

173 coins

9.1

Potatoes

135 coins 3 days

2 Experience

345 coins

2.9

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Farmville Secrets Carrots

110 coins 12 hours

1 Experience

200 coins

7.5

Coffee

120 coins 16 hours

1 Experience

243 coins

7.7

Corn

150 coins 3 days

2 Experience

380 coins

3.2

Sunflowers

135 coins 1 day

2 Experience

315 coins

7.5

Cabbage

140 coins 2 days

2 Experience

388 coins

5.2

Blackberries

75 coins

1 Experience

117 coins

10.5

Green Tea

105 coins 10 hours

1 Experience

191 coins

8.6

Red Wheat

180 coins 3 days

2 Experience

449 coins

3.7

Sugar Cane

165 coins 8 hours

1 Experience

239 coins

9.3

Peas

190 coins 1 day

3 Experience

381 coins

8.0

Yellow Melon

205 coins 4 days

2 Experience

528 coins

3.4

Onions

170 coins 12 hours

1 Experience

268 coins

8.2

Broccoli

200 coins 2 days

4 Experience

473 coins

5.7

Asparagus

220 coins 16 hours

2 Experience

357 coins

8.6

4 hours

It’s good to plan your planting around your schedule so that you’ll know when you can get back to check on your farm and harvest your crops. Ultimately, peas will be the best crop to plant, but it’ll take you a while to reach a high enough level to be able to plant them. Almost every new level you reach will unlock one more type of seed for you to try. This doesn’t mean the new seed is necessarily better than what you were already planting though, so you’ll have to reevaluate your options each time you decide to re-plant.

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Farmville Secrets Best Seeds in Earnings Per Week Assuming Crops are Harvested At Maximum Efficiency These earnings take into account the cost of ploughing (15coins), this is very important since crops with shorter harvesting times must be ploughed more times giving many players an “invisible� cost. Also remember that every time you plough you also gain more experience, so do not be mislead with crops such as raspberry which give no exp, because they end up giving you the same exp as 4 hr crops when the experience gained from ploughing is also taken into consideration. 1. Tomato

1218 coins/week

2. Sunflowers

1155 coins/week

3. Blueberries

1092 coins/week

4. Coffee

1080 coins/week

5. Carrot

1050 coins/week

6. Raspberry

924 coins/week

7. Broccoli

903 coins/week

8. Red Wheat

592 coins/week

9. Yellow Melon

539 coins/week

10. Red Bell Peppers

539 coins/week

11. Rice

504 coins/week

12. Corn

501.7 coins/week

13. Pineapple

462 coins/week

14. Potatoes

455 coins/week

15. Strawberries

420 coins/week

16. Watermelon

355.25 coins/week

17. Yellow Bell Peppers

324 coins/week

18. Cotton

273 coins/week

19. Soy Beans

231 coins/week

20. Squash

231 coins/week

21. Artichokes

208.25 coins/week

22. Eggplant

168 coins/week

23. Wheat

151.67 coins/week

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Farmville Secrets Of course, this is not the only attribute each of these crops possesses. You’ll have to take into account how much you spend on the seeds for each of them, as well as how soon you’ll be able to get back to harvest them before you can decide which is the best for you to plant at any given point in time.

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Farmville Secrets Trees Tree

Cost

Experience

Maturity

Profit

Resale

Acai

$27 FarmVille 0 Experience

2 days

158 coins

47 coins

Cherry

225 coins

5 Experience

2 days

18 coins

11 coins

Apple

325 coins

5 Experience

3 days

28 coins

16 coins

Orange

425 coins

5 Experience

4 days

40 coins

21 coins

Plum

350 coins

5 Experience

3 days

30 coins

17 coins

Peach

500 coins

5 Experience

4 days

47 coins

25 coins

Lemon

475 coins

5 Experience

3 days

41 coins

23 coins

Lime

750 coins

7 Experience

5 days

75 coins

37 coins

Fig

Gift

0 Experience

3 days

33 coins

18 coins

Avocado

Gift

0 Experience

3 days

37 coins

21 coins

Apricot

Gift

0 Experience

4 days

56 coins

30 coins

Grapefruit

Gift

0 Experience

3 days

50 coins

23 coins

Banana

Gift

0 Experience

3 days

56 coins

32 coins

Passion Fruit

Gift

0 Experience

5 days

93 coins

46 coins

Pomegranate

Gift

0 Experience

5 days

108 coins

53 coins

Date

Gift

0 Experience

3 days

69 coins

40 coins

Olive

Gift

0 Experience

4 days

112 coins

N/A

Trees are great to have around, not only because they create another cash flow, but because they give your farm a lot of color and character. If you’re going to be focusing on acquiring trees and harvesting them regularly, you may want to keep each type in its own section. This way it will be easier to keep track of which ones will be ready to harvest and when. Of course, you can also choose to spread them around and mix them up to get the most out of their distinctive colors and appearances. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Animals Animal Cow

Cost

Experience

Time

Sell for Cost

Resale

300 coins

5 Experience 1 day

6 coins

15 coins

Chicken 400 coins

5 Experience 1 day

8 coins

20 coins

Sheep

7 Experience 3 days

28 coins

35 coins

700 coins

There are several other animals you can acquire for your farm, but they can only be received as gifts. Pigs, rabbits, ducks, horses, and goats can round out your livestock families nicely if you can persuade your friends to give them to you. You can also adopt stray animals that wander onto your friends’ farms. This even includes the occasional black sheep. It’s a good idea to stay all of your animals unless they’re penned in though. Otherwise, they may wind up wandering away themselves.

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Farmville Secrets Decorations Decoration

Cost

Experience

Resale Cost

Whitewash Fence 300 coins

5 Experience

15 coins

Small Pond

5,000 coins

50 Experience

250 coins

Hay Bale

100 coins

5 Experience

5 coins

Barrel

125 coins

5 Experience

6 coins

Crate

150 coins

5 Experience

7 coins

White Stool

150 coins

5 Experience

7 coins

Brown Stool

150 coins

5 Experience

7 coins

Mailbox

200 coins

5 Experience

10 coins

Butter Churn

400 coins

5 Experience

20 coins

Wood Pile

500 coins

5 Experience

25 coins

Wagon

1,000 coins

10 Experience

50 coins

Picnic Table

1,000 coins

10 Experience

50 coins

Stone Mailbox

500 coins

5 Experience

25 coins

Wheelbarrow

600 coins

6 Experience

30 coins

Covered Wagon

2,000 coins

20 Experience

100 coins

Hay Wagon

3,000 coins

30 Experience

150 coins

Hedge

600 coins

6 Experience

30 coins

Barrel Wagon

4,000 coins

40 Experience

200 coins

This is actually a rather small selection of the available decorations you can use to beautify your farm. They all follow the same pattern of cost to experience and resale value though, which means that no one item is a particularly better investment than the others. You just have to choose the items that you like the best and that you feel give your farm the look you were after. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Some decorations will be locked until you reach the higher levels of the game, but many will be open to you from the beginning. There are also quite a few decorations that can only be purchased with FarmVille dollars. It’s a good idea to look through the available items in the market from time to time and pick out the cash only items that you’re interested in. That way, you’ll be able to save up for the things you really want and avoid splurging on something else you don’t really need.

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Farmville Secrets Ribbons Local Celebrity – To earn this ribbon, you have to acquire as many neighbors as you can. To get the Yellow ribbon, for example, you need to have 4 neighbors. You’ll need to get up to 50 to earn the Blue.

Good Samaritan – You can get this ribbon by doing as many chores as possible for your neighbors on their farms. Since you can only help each neighbor once a day, it will take you a while to get this ribbon if you don’t have a lot of neighbors. You have to do 50 chores for the Yellow ribbon, and you won’t get the Blue until you’ve helped your neighbors 1500 times. Better get to work!

High Roller – To get this ribbon, all you need to do is earn money. Since that’s what you’re trying to do anyway, this shouldn’t be too difficult. You’ll start out with the Yellow ribbon once you’ve made 50,000 coins. To get the Blue ribbon, you have to reach 1 million coins. (This is over the entire time you’ve been playing the game. You don’t have to have it in the bank all at once.)

A Pretty Penny – You get these ribbons by spending that hard earned currency. Again, this is something you’ll be doing naturally as you play the game, so you don’t have to focus too much on it. You’ll get your Yellow ribbon when you’ve spent 50,000 coins, and your Blue ribbon will come at the 1.5 million coin mark.

Cream of the Crop – This ribbon is a reward for harvesting massive amounts of crops. Of course, you’ll earn all of these ribbons eventually through normal game play as well. But if you want to acquire these ribbons faster, you can invest some time in planting and harvesting Raspberries over and over again. Since these crops grow so fast, you’ll make it to your Blue ribbon in no time.

Knock on Wood – You earn these ribbons by harvesting fruit from your trees. The more trees you harvest, the more ribbons you’ll get. It doesn’t matter what kinds of trees they are – they can even be all the same. You just have to remember to keep harvesting them as soon as they’re ready and you’ll be all set. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Zoologist – These ribbons are rewarded as a result of collecting goods from animals. The more animals you have on your farm, the easier it will be to get these ribbons. Just like with the trees, don’t forget to collect from your animals as soon as they’re ready, and you’ll have no problems bringing home these ribbons.

Architect – As the name suggests, you earn these ribbons for putting up buildings on your farm. The more buildings you can set up, the more Architect ribbons you’ll be taking home.

Pack Rat – All you have to do to earn these ribbons is decorate your farm. Of course, you’ll be limited to a certain degree by lack of empty space, but just keep squeezing the small decorations on there and you’ll be collecting these ribbons in no time.

Animal Shelter – These ribbons are a reward for your kindness to lost animals. When your friends find stray animals on their farm, you’ll have a chance to help them out by adopting the animals. Of course, this never hurts you to do because it’ll mean more goods for you to sell, and you’ll earn ribbons as you go which isn’t so bad either.

Green Thumb – This ribbon is awarded as a result of your growing a certain number of different crops. The more variety you have on your farm, the quicker you’ll be able to collect these ribbons.

Tree Hugger – You get this ribbon by harvesting multiple different kinds of trees. That makes it a little different from the Knock on Wood ribbon because you are able to earn that one by harvesting fruit from one kind of tree exclusively. You’ll have to have just about every type of tree on your farm in order to get to the Blue ribbon in this category.

Noah’s Ark – You earn these ribbons by collecting products from as many different types of animals as you can. You’ll be able to get the Yellow ribbon on your own, but after that, you’ll need some friends to send you the animals that can only be gifted. Otherwise you’ll never be able to diversify enough to get to the Red or Blue ribbons in this category.

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Farmville Secrets Not Spoiled, Gifted! – It might not be fair to say you earn these ribbons. Really it’s your friends who do all the work. These ribbons are a reward for having a certain number of unique items in your Gift Box. The more different types of gifts you receive, the more ribbons you’ll earn.

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Farmville Secrets Levels and Titles Level 1 : 0 - 30 Experience points Field Hand You can buy seeds for Strawberries, Eggplants, Wheat, and Soybeans. You can buy Apple trees, Cherry trees, and Orange trees. You can buy Cows, a Barn, and a Hay Bale.

Level 2 : Kinder Farmer 30 – 60 Experience points There is nothing additional available on this level.

Level 3 : Amateur Farmer 60 – 90 Experience points You can buy Barrels and give Fig trees as gifts.

Level 4 : Able Farmer 90 – 200 Experience points You can buy Chickens and send them as gifts. You can buy Rest Tents and Crates.

Level 5 : Handy Farmer 200 – 350 Experience points You can buy seeds for Pumpkins. You can buy White Stools and Brown Stools. You can send Avocado trees as gifts.

Level 6 : Nimble Farmer 350 – 550 Experience points You can buy seeds for Artichokes. You can buy Mailboxes. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Level 7 : Savvy Farmer 550 – 800 Experience points You can buy seeds for Rice. You can buy Sheep, a Butter Churn, and a Well. You can send Sheep as a gift.

Level 8 : Fancy Farmer 800 – 1300 Experience points You can buy seeds for Raspberries. You can send Apricot trees as gifts.

Level 9 : Sophisticated Farmer 1300 – 1800 Experience points You can buy the seeds for Cotton. You can buy a Wagon and a Bike.

Level 10 : Splendid Farmer 1800 – 2300 Experience points You can buy Lime trees. You can buy a Picnic Set, a Wood Fence, and a Fruit Stand. You can send Pigs as gifts.

Level 11 : Farming Magician 2300 – 2800 Experience points You can buy seeds for Bell Peppers. You can send Grapefruit trees as gifts. You can buy a Stone Mailbox.

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Farmville Secrets You can buy seeds for Peppers. You can buy a Wheelbarrow, a Tractor, or a Pink Tractor. You can send Rabbits as gifts.

Level 13 : Jolly Rancher 3300 – 3900 Experience points You can buy a Grain Silo. You can buy a Pink Fence and a Wood Bench. You can buy a Harvester.

Level 14 : Produce Professional 3900 – 4500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Aloe Vera. You can send Banana trees as gifts. You can buy a Black, Blue, or Green Fence. You can buy a Seeder.

Level 15 : Professor of Agriculture 4500 – 5500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Pineapples. You can buy Covered Wagons and a Workshop. You can send Ducks as gifts.

Level 16 : Hot Shot Farmer 5500 – 6500 Experience points You can buy a Lil Red Wagon.

Level 17 : Super Shoveler 6500 – 7500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Blueberries. You can send Passion Fruit trees as gifts. www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets You can buy a BBQ.

Level 18 : Super Grower 7500 – 8500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Watermelons. You can buy Hay Wagons. You can send Goats as gifts.

Level 19 : Professional Plower 8500 – 9500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Grapes. You can buy a Cottage, a Black Cottage, or a Pink Cottage. You can buy a Hedge and a Bird House.

Level 20 : Green Giant 9500 – 11500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Tomatoes. You can buy Barrel Wagons and a Hedge Arch.

Level 21 : Rockstar Farmer 11500 – 13500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Potatoes. You can send Horses as gifts. You can buy a Lawnmower and a Sandbox.

Level 22 : Barnyard Behemoth 13500 – 15500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Carrots. You can buy Windmills, a Wagon Wheel, and an Axe and Block.

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Farmville Secrets 15500 – 17500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Coffee. You can buy a Water Pump.

Level 24 : Cream of the Crop 17500 – 20500 Experience points You can buy seeds for Corn. You can buy a Log Cabin and a Telephone Pole.

Level 25 : Sensational Sower 20500 – 25000 Experience points You can buy seeds for Sunflowers. You can buy a Hedge Gate and a Light Post.

Level 26 : Sultan of Soil 25000 – 30000 Experience points You can buy a Farm House.

Level 27 : Thrill of the Till 30000 – 35000 Experience points You can buy seeds for Cabbage. You can buy an Iron Bench.

Level 28 : Master of Pasture 35000 - 40000 Experience points You can buy seeds for Green Tea.

Level 29 : Sensation of the Plantation 40000 – 46000 Experience points You can buy seeds for Blackberries.

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Farmville Secrets Level 30 : Lord of the Plow 46000 + Experience points You can buy seeds for Red Wheat. You can buy a Greenhouse.

Leveling Light Speed Here is a trick only a few people know about Farmville but can help your farm grow immensely. Before I reveal the secret you must understand a few things about why leveling fast is good:

1. The faster you level, the more access you get to higher end crops, you will notice if you scroll up to earnings per week of each crop (page 35), many of the crops with the highest earnings are only obtainable at the highest levels. 2. It is also important to notice, that many of the highest earning crops also have very generous harvesting times, take sunflowers for instance, which only need to be harvested and ploughed once per day and compare them with raspberries, which need to be harvested and replanted every 2 hours. Not only do the sunflowers give you more coins per hour, you are also doing only 1/12 of the work compared with raspberries. This is very important since it will make your schedule much more flexible, and save you huge chunks of time. This is why I advocate leveling as fast as possible till you can reach a crop that earns good exp/week but at the same time has a long harvesting time so you can relax. 3. Cosmetic Purposes – If you’re playing Farmville to impress your friends and make your farm grand and beautiful, you want to make sure you have access to all the things Farmville has to offer. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with tons of coins but unable to buy that villa just because you’re level is low. 4. Higher Level = More land = More Crops = Faster Leveling = More Coins/More Free time As you progress throughout Farmville the plot of land available to you also increases. This means you can plant more crops, earn more coins, earn more experience, and save you time! What a game breaker!

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Farmville Secrets The Secret to Leveling Faster

If you have played Farmville for quite some time you have probably come into a situation where your farm really isn’t leveling as fast as you would like, and are slowly stockpiling thousands and thousands of coins. Whenever I check through my friends Farmville’s and see this happening I will always take the time to give them some friendly advice. Basically, if there is a huge stockpile of gold that isn’t being spent there should only be one reason. This is only done when a player is saving for something expensive such as the million dollar villa.

To be put simply, if you have loads of money in the bank, and you’re not saving for something, it’s being wasted! If this is you, the following trick will really bring your farm to new heights:

1. Calculate the amount of coins needed to plant and plough your desired crops. This amount should be kept with you at all times in case your current crops wilt and you receive no income from harvesting them. If you are VERY SURE (EXTRA STRESS ON THIS POINT) that you will be able to harvest your crops in time. 2. To Calculate the amount of coins you will need, first find out the size of your farm (eg 14x14), next choose what crop you will be planting next (eg Tomatoes). The formula for calculating how much will need is:

(Price of crop + 15 Plough Fee) X Total Area of Farm

Using a 14x14 Farm with tomatoes as an example:

(100+15) X (14X14) = 115X196 = 22540

3. Spend all your remaining coins on buying Hay Bale (located under the decorations tab in the market), at 100 coins per piece they will give you 5 experience points and can be sold for 5 coins, therefore giving you 5 experience for 95 coins.

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Just imagine you have 100,000 coins sitting there doing nothing. This means you will gain an instant 5000+ experience! For some people this may even be sufficient to gain a level. You should do this whenever you have spare cash to level in the fastest possible way with one exception. This occurs when you have the opportunity to increase the size of your farm plot. If you notice you are making sizeable amounts of money that will contribute to expanding your farm in the near future, by all means save up to expand your land! Remember, more land = more crops = more coins = more experience!

Star Crops As you progress through the game, the crops you will plant and harvest will change. Listed below are some recommended crops which you should always try to plant depending on your time schedule.

Levels 1-5: Can Harvest every 4 hours: Strawberries Can Harvest every 8 hours: Soy Bean Can Harvest once per Day: Squash

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Farmville Secrets Can Harvest every 2 hours: Raspberry Can Harvest every 8 hours: Rice (this is better than planting strawberries for coins but will net you less experience) Can Harvest once per Day: Cotton

Levels 17-24: Can Harvest every 4 hours: Blueberries (Change to Tomatoes at level 20) Can Harvest every 8 hours: Tomatoes Can Harvest once per Day: Red Bell Peppers

Levels 25+ Can Harvest every 4 hours: Tomatoes Can Harvest every 8 hours: Tomatoes Can Harvest once per Day: Sunflowers

Best Crops by Harvesting Time Below is a list of the best crops to be planted for different time frames. Be very cautious with this list, and cross reference it with the one on page 35. Since the list provides the best crop to plant for different harvesting times, it doesn’t take into account the efficiency of crops of other times. Therefore, you could be better off planting a crop with a longer harvesting time, rather than a shorter one. Use this list on special occasions when you know you only have a very small window of time where you can plough and harvest.

Best Crops by Harvesting time Best 2 hour crop: Raspberries Best 4 hour crop: Blueberries Best 8 hour crop: Tomato Best 12 hour crop: Carrot Best 1 day crop (24 hour) crop: Sunflowers Best 2 day crop (48 hour) crop: Broccoli www.FarmVilleSecrets.com

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Farmville Secrets Best 3 day crop (72 hour) crop: Red Wheat Best 4 day crop (96 hour) crop: Yellow Melon

Sample Crop Rotations Depending on Schedule and Level (Assuming 8 Hours of Sleep) Starting Levels: Lots of Time: After waking up, plant strawberries until it’s time to sleep, the last time you harvest before you sleep plant pumpkins. Little Time: Plant pumpkins full time.

Low Levels: Lots of time: Plant Raspberries like crazy once you wake up, harvest them every 2 hours until you sleep. Before you turn in for the night plant pumpkins. Little Time: Still plant pumpkins full time.

Medium Levels (At level 17): Lots of Time: Use your whole day to plant blueberries, before you sleep, choose to plant either pumpkins or rice depending on your schedule. Little Time: Plant Rice, try to manage your time so that you can plant it twice per day.

Higher Levels (20+) Lots of Time: At this point planting tomatoes is the most efficient crop for you to plant even though it only needs to be harvested every 8 hours. Little Time: Tomatoes might be an option for you, if not plant coffee/carrots/sunflowers.

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