Dwarf Fortress: How to Get More Seeds

If you’re hoping to make your settlement self-sustainable in Dwarf Fortress, getting more seeds and setting up farms is an important step of the process.

However, the game’s depth and complexity can make getting seeds unclear, specifically because there are various ways to achieve that.

Before getting seeds, another important resource to get is water. Especially for winter months, it’s essential to have an underground water supply to ensure your dwarves will always have access to fresh water.

In this guide, I will explain how to get more seeds in Dwarf Fortress and showcase how to store them.

How to Get Seeds in Dwarf Fortress

Thankfully, there are various ways to get seeds in the game. Players can get seeds in Dwarf Fortress by trading, brewing, processing plants, milling, and letting Dwarves eat uncooked meals.

Let us examine each method in turn.

1. How to Get Seeds From Trading

Occasionally, trade merchants with their caravans will visit you and their stock will include seeds. However, these visits are fairly rare and even when they do visit, they won’t always have seeds in stock.

Your best bet is to always keep an eye out for visiting caravans.

2. How to Get Seeds From Brewing

Brewing drinks at a Distillery will yield seeds as a by-product. The best part is that the Distillery is one of the first buildings you unlock and alcohol is a key resource for ensuring your Dwarves’ survival.

Just make sure to have a Carpenter’s Workshop and buy barrels from there to kickstart the brewing process. With each brewing batch completed, you’ll get seeds.

3. How to Get Seeds From Processing

Certain plants such as cotton and jute can be processed at the Farmer’s Workshop. This process will also produce seeds as a by-product.

Build a Farmer’s Workshop from the agricultural buildings tab and select the ‘Process plants’ options to start making seeds.

4. How to Get Seeds From Milling

For this process, players can grind plants via a millstone or quern. This way, plants will offer specific materials based on the plant such as sugar and flour, and seeds as a by-product.

5. How to Get Seeds By Feeding Dwarves Uncooked Meals

This is the least reliable method of all. When Dwarves eat uncooked plants or fruit, there is a small chance for them to get seeds.

Nevertheless, this is the least efficient method and it isn’t recommended unless you have no way to cook your food.

How to Store Seeds in Dwarf Fortress

When starting, you won’t have a place to store your seeds in the game. Instead, you’ll need to build one before starting any of the above processes.

Specifically, you will need to craft bags to store your seeds. These can be crafted via the Clothier’s Shop in the Workshop clothing and leather tab.


To sum up, that’s everything you need to know on how to get seeds in Dwarf Fortress. There are many methods, so choose the most suitable one for you based on the buildings you have unlocked.

Also, make sure to always keep an eye out for traders visiting your fortress because they might have seeds in their stock.

With seeds unlocked, perhaps you’d be interested in learning how to dig down in the game. This will allow you to expand your base, find caverns with unique loot, and even create underground farms for your seeds.

What’s your go-to method for getting seeds in the Dwarf Fortress? Which seeds do you need? Let us know in the comments below.


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