With many agricultural-based games out there, it’s hard to know which one to choose. But don’t worry…we goat you! We’ve curated our list of the best farming board games out there! These strategy-based games will have you traveling the globe and back in time. From Mayan Civilizations to the Industrial Revolution, grab that pickaxe and get ready to grow, grow, grow.
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Farming Board Games
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Agricola (Revised Edition)
Playing Time: 30-150 minutes
In a land far, far away…
You and your spouse live alone and must turn your plot of land into a fruitful farm. You get two actions per turn, one for you and one for your spouse. The actions consist of any tasks you might find on a farm — collecting resources, building a fence, or even having children to lend an extra hand.
There are a few different variations on how to play Agricola. The basic game is played in 14 rounds with 6 harvest seasons. In a harvest season, you must feed all your livestock as well as people, or risk losing points. In each round, an action card is turned over. But don’t delay! Whoever chooses to accept the action first gets to complete it.
Points are awarded for anything that supports the farm’s development such as used fields, harvested crops, livestock collected, and family members. The player with the most points wins.
So make sure to have a har-vested interest in your land!
Viticulture: Essential Edition
Playing Time: 45-90 minutes
Do you dream of owning a Tuscan vineyard? Wine not? You can in Viticulture: Essential Edition!
Well, congratulations! It’s pre-modern Italy and you’ve inherited land prime for grape harvesting. It’s your job to turn it into the fully-fledged vineyard of your dreams.
Players start with the bare basics: a few plots of land, a small home, a cellar, and 3 workers. You must compete to make your vineyard a success. Pick cards to allocate jobs to workers, or even brief visitors. Develop the property, plant the vines, and start producing that wine.
Cheers to the first viticulturist to call their winery a success.
Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar
Playing Time: 90 minutes
My oh, Mayans!
Gear up to compete as rival tribes in this Mayan civilization. Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar is a competitive game of strategy with a lot of moving parts. The board itself has rotating parts which can either work for or against you as it travels around.
The gameboard is set up with a central gear and smaller connected gears. The smaller gears can help you gather resources or build structures. The goal is to collect victory points by gathering resources and performing tasks to please the gods.
When it’s your turn, you have two choices; to place a worker or to remove a worker from a smaller gear. Corn is currency during these a-maize-ing times. Depending on where you chose to land or leave, it may cost you some! The central gear moves one notch after one round of turns, moving all the smaller gears along with it. So plan your workers accordingly.
The player with the most victory points after one full gear rotation wins. But if that’s not you… It’s not the end of the world!
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Playing Time: 30-210 minutes
Grab your spelunking gear!
From the creators of Agricola comes Caverna: The Cave Farmers. This game is similar in that it starts with a farmer and a spouse, but also children. In this cave, you’re the leader of a dwarf family living and using the land to build wealth. Each member of the family is represented in gameplay.
You have many options to build up your cave and resources. Turn your cave into a furnished home and commercial space. Create farmland in the forest. Fence in pastures to protect your animals. Mine for rubies and ore. This game differs from its predecessor in that you can use the ore to create weapons and send your farmers on quests for even more resources.
Get ready to create the best home you can for your family. Just don’t cave under the pressure!
Fields of Green
Playing Time: 45 minutes
It’s okay to feel green on this field. Just put that farmer’s hat on and learn as you go!
Fields of Green takes you back to the late 1900s. You’ve got 4 years to build and maintain a farm. Take turns pulling cards to decide what buildings, crops, and animals you want.
At the end of each year comes harvest season. You’ll need to feed your livestock, water your crops, and the like to maintain your farm. Build wealth and develop your farm to earn victory points. The person with the most points at the end of 4 years can claim the ultimate victory!
Playing Time: 45 minutes
Once upon a time…
The Chinese Emperor gave a panda bear to the Japanese as a peace offering. Keep the peace by tending to the bamboo garden and feeding the panda successfully. You will choose to grow one of three types of bamboo shoots, or takenoko. You must prepare the land, irrigate the soil, and water the bamboo.
Oh, shoot! Don’t forget to feed the hungry panda as you go! And bear in mind how much it eats. The player that grows the most bamboo while keeping the panda happy wins.
With cute graphics and a colorful playing board, you’ll be sure to have fun growing Takenoko!
Fields of Arle
Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
It’s a period of prosperity in the quaint town of Arle in East Frisia.
Spend four and half years as a farmer, expanding your land and building wealth. The game is split into 6-month segments. Every 6 months, decide how to spend your time working.
This work depends on the seasons. You might sheer the sheep in spring, or harvest crops in fall. Once your goods are ready, send them out in vehicles for sale. You’ll collect Travel Experience and points depending on how much you sell.
At the end of every six months, unload your vehicles and feed your family and animals. Your progress depends on your farm growing and its inhabitants being well fed.
This game can be played alone or with a friend. You reap what you sow in this game, so get ready to work those fields!
Clans of Caledonia
Playing Time: 30-120 minutes
Go wild with that whiskey!
Clans of Caledonia takes place in 19th century Scotland and the economy is growing quickly. Each player represents a different clan with special skills. Work to produce, trade, and export agricultural goods from food and cotton to the well-known Scottish whiskey.
This game consists of 5 rounds with 3 phases each: players’ turns, production, and round scoring. When it’s your turn, choose from 8 economic actions from building to trading. In the production phase, players collect resources, goods, and cash based on their production units on the board. The scoring tile of that round decides who gets Victory Points. The player with the most VPs at the end of the game wins.
Play alone or compete against other clans. Good luck and bottoms up!
Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
Welcome to Wendake!
It’s the year 1756 near the Great Lakes region. You are a Native American leader of the Wyandot people in Wendake territory. The Seven Years War between the English and French has just begun. You, however, are less invested in the war and more so in your tribe.
Make sure the daily lives of your people run smoothly and lead them to prosperity. Chose actions over the course of 7 years, or rounds, to support your tribe’s Economic, Military, Ritual, & Mask tracks. The chief with the most prosperous tribe wins!
Learn a little about the history of the Iriquois people and the Great Lakes region while having fun. Head to Wendake today!
Chickapig: A Farm to Table Game
Playing Time: 25-60 minutes
Oh, hay there! Are you a chicken or a pig?
You’re a…Chickapig! And you’re on a mission to break free from the board. Work your way off the board by dodging hay bales, a pooping cow, and other players. Sabotage your opponents by moving the pooping cow, leaving a trail in its wake.
Oh sh**! You landed on one and must take an undesirable poop card. Perhaps you’ll roll a 2 to pick a much sweeter-smelling daisy card with benefits. Herd all your chickapigs through your goal and off the board to win!
This game is as strategic as it is silly. It’ll have you laughing, racing, and having hay bales of fun!
Farming, agriculture, and animal husbandry all tend to be themes found in Eurogames and worker placement board games. Occasionally, you can find this theme in engine-building board games too!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best farming board games! With these games, you can till the soil and herd your livestock, all from the comfort of your game table. Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.
Cheryl is a teacher, writer, and board game fan. She likes incorporating games into all areas of her life, from classrooms and family nights to lively parties with friends. While she’s played too many to count, her favorites have always been classics like Codenames and chess.