Guide to Island Sanctuaries Farming in FFXIV

Last updated on Aug 26, 2022 at 12:00 by Shikhu 4 comments

This page houses all information for FFXIV's farming inside of the island sanctuary including best crops, how to upgrade your farm, how to unlock more fields and how best to use your food for the workshop and as food for the pastures in the island.


Farming With Island Sanctuary

During the initial tutorial of the island you will unlock the ability to grow a selection of crops using your farm and, over time, upgrade your farm to be bigger, better and automated.

The farm is important due to it providing both the only method to improve the mood of your animals and having certain materials used in your workshop.


Farming Basics

To interact with the farm you need to use your index to change the mode to sow and from there you can select the seed you would like to grow. After that simply select the bed of dirt you would like to plant the seed in and it will grow over the next 48 hours. All crops take 48 hours to grow.

You can water your plant using watering mode by again selecting the bed of dirt. If you ever need to change your crop while it is still growing the cull mode will allow you to do that. The gathering mode is then required to actually gather the items when grown. Items can be then crafted with in the workshop, turned into feed or sold for Seafarer's Cowries each (20 per bed).

Your beds can be watered every six hours and will be automatically watered if it is raining on your island while you are logged in. There are four statuses to know your crops current water level as shown below. These can be found by speaking to the Produce Producer mammet outside the farm by accessing the cropland management menu.

 Island Sanctuary Water Condition.

It will take 36 hours for a plant to become fully dry and at that point they are unable to grow, hindering your progress. There are two ways to avoid this either simply water once a day or use the automation systems at its final upgrade.

You can also check on the growth of your plant using this menu, the plant also has four statuses going from sprout to produce to know when they are ready to be harvested. The plants will also sparkle when they can be harvested.

 Island Sanctuary Growth Condition.

You will yield five crops per seed when you gather from a fully grown plant giving you a total of 100 crops at max rank every two days which is more than enough for food and crafts.


How To Upgrade Your Farm, Requirements and Costs

Your farm needs two things to upgrade, Seafarer's Cowries and cabin rank. Seafarer's Cowries come from mainly your workshop and you can increase the cabin rank over time as you rank up your island.

Island Rank Cabin Rank Seafarer's Cowries Required Upgrade Time Features Unlocked
Tutorial 1 0 0 Initial Farm Unlock
4 2 1000 2 Hours Second garden bed
7 3 1500 4 Hours Third and fourth garden beds, Mammet-sized Cropworker Tools (automation) and seed shop

As stated, the final upgrade actually gives you two garden beds not just one further increasing your yield. You will also unlock a seed shop which is where most seeds can be purchased via Seafarer's Cowries.

To craft the tools you need the following:

  • Island Palm Log x 6
  • Island Copper Ore x 6
  • Island Tin Sand x 6
  • Island Hemp x 6

By the time you hit rank 7 you may have an excess of those items already. These tools will then allow you to automate the garden as a crop.


Crop Automation

Once you have crafted the tools you have a new option within the crop management menu by pressing right click / square on a crop you may entrust this crop to the mammet.

This costs five Seafarer's Cowries each day per seed(100 total a day) to automate the mammet sowing seeds, watering plants and collecting up to 50 yield per crop. This will stop if you run out of cowries or hit the 50 yield per crop limit.

Early-mid game this is not recommended because you will need the Seafarer's Cowries as major requirements ask for them but it can be handy once island upgrades have been completed so that you do not miss watering and collect them as soon as they are ready meaning no time drift.


Island Sanctuary Seeds

Only four of the available seeds are actually obtainable via gathering. The other six are exclusively bought with Seafarer's Cowries with the final upgrade by speaking to your gardening mammet.

Each seed only costs two Seafarer's Cowries so it is not a major investment and they provide useful benefits while crafting.

The four seeds from gathering are:

  • Island Cabbage Seeds (17.4,20)
  • Island Pumpkin Seeds (18.5,26)
  • Island Parsnip Seeds (13,15), requires rank 5 shovel
  • Island Popoto Set (13,12), requires rank 5 shovel

The six seeds from the shop are:

  • Isleberry Seeds
  • Island Onion Set
  • Island Tomato Seeds
  • Island Wheat Seeds
  • Island Corn Seeds
  • Island Radish Seeds

The shop seeds are only available once you hit rank 3 farm and speak to the mammet by your field.


Once you reach the final upgrade you will want to start being conscious of which seeds you use in your garden to get the most benefit. There are 20 beds total.


Even Spread Garden

One method would be to simply use two of each seed in your garden, with 10 seed types and 20 beds you would gain a perfectly even distribution of crops. Crops you do not use in crafts often can be used primarily for food.

This even spread makes it very easy to automate at late game while gaining a range of materials for high popularity and low supply workshop situations.


Cowrie Efficient Garden

Use 12 beds used exclusively for feeding your animals. To be cost efficient those would be the gathering seeds. You will have a small amount of leftover crops from these which can be used to craft.

You would then use the eight remaining beds for your shop seeds. This ensures you are growing each seed, with six seeds you will have two leftover beds. I would recommend wheat and radish.

Wheat is used in the only workshop craft with seeds that has two categories meaning you can more easily chain for efficiency bonus. Radish is the only eight hour craft and therefore uses more materials so an additional seed may help.



  • 26 Aug. 2022: Guide added.
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