I’ve taken a sudden interest in farming. I’ve officially started in early June, when I ploughed a small piece of land and planted tomatoes. The thing is, I didn’t pay attention to when exactly the harvest would be ready. So when I returned to check on them, they have all withered away. I was left with little money, and didn’t know anyone in the neighborhood, so I ploughed the fields again and spent all that was left of my money on planting corn. This crop takes a considerable amount of time to grow, hence I was able to check back on them just in time for harvest.
Then out of nowhere, my younger sister – who is an accountant by profession – suddenly took interest in farming as well. She started just a few weeks ago. And when I visited her farm last week, I was amazed to find out that her farm is filled with raspberries. Not only that, she also had several trees, sheep, cows, chickens, and ducks. Her farm has flourished abundantly in such a short period of time!
You see, I’m a level 11 farmer (in two months time) while Sophia is a level 16 farmer (in just 3 weeks) at Farm Ville. Sometime last week, we were chatting online and I had to ask her the secret of her success. “It’s simple,” she said, “plant something that grows the fastest, like raspberries. The more you harvest and plough, the more points you earn. What’s your strategy?” she asked me. “Um, well … I chose plants that took at least 10 hours to grow so that I plant in the morning and harvest them before going to bed,” said I. “It’ll take you forever to gain points that way,” she chuckled.
Two days later she was telling me, “I have ten thousand coins now. I am saving to expand my farm.” I checked my account: 300 coins.
Therefore I have adopted her strategy and planted strawberries, which becomes ready for harvest in about four hours. So now I harvest twice a day. I started earning more coins and points faster than ever before. My neighbors also increased in number, and I started earning more coins by visiting them and helping out in their farms.
A couple of days ago Masood and I were stuck in traffic on our way to work. We were at Garhoud bridge when I felt my phone vibrate in my bag. It was a text message from Sophia: Your rice is ready – harvest – hurry! And I thought, “Oh haan, it’s already 12:15 pm!” So I dialed her number, “I’m stuck in traffic, can’t do anything.” “But what if all your rice goes to waste? Okay, give me your user name and password. I’ll harvest them for you,” she suggested. And she did, saving my harvest and precious coins!
Then yesterday, when a lost cow wandered about in my fields, I sent out a message across Facebook: Sophia, please adopt this cow. By the time she logged in, it was too late; the cow has already been taken by someone else. Minutes later, she sent me a message: Please call me before you post the notice about lost cows. And that’s what she does when she finds lost cows – she calls me right away.
Last night, Farm Ville hang up on me – just in time for harvest! Luckily, I found Sophia online.
Nadia: Are you able to access Farm Ville? It hang up for me.
Sophia: Yes, I’m ploughing right now.
Nadia: Can you please harvest my pumpkins?
Sophia: Sure, I’ll do that.
She saved my farm once again!
And she gave me email addresses of two of her colleagues, so that I could send them friend requests and make them my farm neighbors (hence, more chances of earning coins and points). Both ladies are now my neighbors.
Surprisingly, Masood finds all of this pretty hilarious, “I bet your family doesn’t know that two of their daughters are now farmers!”
I’ve officially resigned (read: got bored) with Farmville. And I’ve chosen to “hide” its updates in Facebook so I no longer see who planted what, who sent a goat to whom, or who has just received a horse.