If you are playing ModPack for 1.7.10 you are in luck, because today I bring you a guide on how to make simple Tin/Copper/Aluminum/Iron/XP Farm.
Tinker’s Construct If you want this farm for 1.12.2 you have to install Mod called Oreberries because they were removed in 1.12
OpenBlocks/Thaumcraft/Botania (for collecting)
AgriCraft (for faster growth)
The first thing you will need is to find Oreberry Bush in caves. Farm type depends on what type of Oreberry Bush you find.
If you have successfully acquired Oreberry Bush return to your base. Find a place for your farm but before you place the Oreberry Bush you will need some kind of harvesting device. MFR’s Harvester doesn’t work. (I learned that the Hardaway ._.) The best choice for you is using Autonomous Activator from Thermal Expansion or Golem from Thaumcraft with Animation Core [Harvest].
Now that you have some kind of Harvesting device you can place your Oreberry Bush. But you may have noticed that when the Oreberry Bush is harvested it drops the Oreberry. You need some way of collecting it. Luckily for you, you can use several ways to do that. If you are using OpenBlocks you can make Vacuum Hopper (I don’t have to explain how it works, right?) or if you are using Thaumcraft you can use Golem with another Animation Core [Gather] or if you are using Botania you can use Hopperhock. I know that there are more ways to collect items from the ground but these seem to me like the best choice for Early-Game.
Congratulations! You have successfully made a Tin/Copper/Aluminum/Iron/XP Farm. But it is really slow. How can I make those Bushes grow faster? Well, I have also a solution to that. Using AgriCraft you can make Wooden Water Tank, Wooden Irrigation Channel, and Sprinkler. Sprinklers make crops grow faster so it is a good solution for you. But to fill the Water Tank without your interaction you need rain, but you can fill the Water Tank using a bucket. That means that pipes can fill it too right? Yes, they can! Using Aqueous Accumulator from Thermal Expansion or Fluid Transfer Node from Extra Utilities (You need to have World Interaction Upgrade in it) you are able to make devices that collect water passively.
By connecting Aqueous Accumulator with the Water Tank using Fluiduct or Fluid Transfer Node with the Water Tank using Transfer Pipe you have made automatic Tin/Copper/Aluminum/Iron/XP Farm.
Enjoy your Materials! 😃