So, I'm working on my new Farmer's Build Order (no longer called 'powergamer's build order' because it's not particularly powergamer-ish anymore) guide, and something that I feel will substantially assist in getting keg production up and running is oak trees, and a great way to do that is the new Tree Fertilizer. When you use Tree Fertilizer on a tree, it is guaranteed to grow one stage per day until it reaches full growth. As we want to obtain large quantities of Oak Resin very early game, this is MUCH faster than the current method of 'plant and hope for the best'. However, Tree Fertilizer cannot be purchased from Pierre, it can only be crafted, which is learned at Foraging 7. Now, Foraging 6 was already in the previous guide, because Lightning Rods. However, this pushes it further AND is generally required sooner. So... I'm trying to figure out ways to grind Foraging in your First Spring. * Obviously, picking up foragables on the ground yields 7 xp. Even if you then have to immediately trash them, just for the foraging experience. * Planted foraged items, such as from 'spring seeds', only give 3xp each, making this a bad deal all 'round. Even if you planted all 30 you get from the Spring Crops bundle completion, that's only 90 xp, and has a huge time and endurance investment in planting and watering everything. Better to just sell them for the cash. * Spring Onions south of Leah's Cottage will give 3 xp each, however refresh daily instead of weekly and don't count to the limit of foragable items per 'zone'. Plus are an excellent source of very early stamina, when it is needed the most. * Shaking berry bushes grants NO xp at all, so collecting all those Salmonberries won't grind your Foraging skill at all. However, they're going to be critical in keeping your stamina up, so you should pick as many as you can anyway. * Fruit items in the Farm Cave (assuming you picked Bats) gives 7xp each. However, Mushrooms (assuming you picked Mushrooms instead) give NO xp. Thus it is strictly better, from the perspective of grinding Foraging, to pick Bats over Shrooms. * Beachcombing produces foraging experience? Correct me here if I'm wrong, but I think the various shellfish and coral and such on the beach and tidal pool areas count as foraging experience? * Chopping down trees, but not stumps, produces 12 experience. Plus provides much needed wood. * Chopping Stumps requires a Copper or better axe, but produces 25 xp. Potentially viable on the Forest farm. * Chopping fallen logs requires a Steel or better axe, still only produces 25 xp, and is a gate for the Hidden Forest area with six stumps that grow each day. Not sure how viable this is for spring, simply due to the cash cost involved in the upgrade, but it couldn't hurt. The big problem here is that chopping things down takes up energy, a LOT of energy. When you're already trying to mine-dive, the Hot Springs aren't open yet (first spring), and making Field Snacks (typical strategy) is counterproductive because you need all those acorns to plant. Spring Onions and Salmonberries can only go so far. Let's do some number crunching on how much effort Foraging 7 is actually going to be: It takes 4,800 xp to hit Foraging 7. Yikes. The Forest Farm has 8 stumps that regrow daily. So with a Copper axe, that's 200 xp/day. That's not nothing, but due to the strict limit of how many can be hit per day, it isn't something you can spam. But suffice to say, we can count on 200 xp/day from this source once the Copper Axe is attained, assuming you use this farm layout. By itself, it'll take 24 days to hit Foraging 7, from zero. And since we won't be starting at zero foraging xp when we get the Copper Axe, that's a highball figure. Needless to say, the Copper Axe is going to be an enormously important upgrade for this strategy. And since this will also involve hitting level 80+ in the mines in your first spring, you'll also want at least your copper if not your steel pickaxe upgrade. During which time, you can spend the whole day chopping. Upgrading your pickaxe during Salmonberry season makes a lot of sense. You're wanting tons of Salmonberries already for the stamina gains, and you've probably got the cash by this point to do it. As you go foraging for Salmonberries, you can also go chopping trees. Every sixteen trees you chop down to a stump is an effective day less the stumps need to provide you. And you're going to be scouring the forest for salmonberries anyway, so why not bring your axe along? You're going to want the wood and sap regardless. With these strategies in mind, it shouldn't be too hard to hit Foraging 7 by the third week of Spring, assuming you can get the copper axe upgrade in time to have it available for Salmonberry Season when you upgrade your pick. Thoughts? Questions? Improvements?