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How to Own a Farm in Skyrim Anniversary Edition

With the launch of Skyrim Anniversary Edition, players can now own their own farms, 10 years after the open-world RPG's original release.
With the launch of Skyrim Anniversary Edition, players can now own their own farms, 10 years after the open-world RPG's original release. / Photo courtesy of Bethesda Game Studios

How to own a farm in Skyrim Anniversary Edition is something that, in addition to the ability to fish, Elder Scrolls players can actually do in the title for the first time in 10 years.

Skyrim is back with a new edition for the game's 10th anniversary. This time, the game has added a bunch of new content, including a whole load of features courtesy of the Creation Club. Alongside this, a new mechanic has come to the game — farming! Here's a breakdown of how to own a farm in Skyrim Anniversary Edition.

How to Own a Farm in Skyrim Anniversary Edition

To own your own farm in Skyrim Anniversary Edition, players will first need to discover a certain location and complete a pair of quests.

First, head to the small town of Rorikstead, which is located between Whiterun and Markarth. From there, travel southeast until you see a symbol of wheat and a sickle, and eventually, a silo and a house in the middle of fields. This location is known as Goldenhills Plantation, which will be the area where players can own their own farm.

At the time of writing, some players are reporting that Goldenhills Plantation is not appearing in its proper location, so be sure to confirm in the Creation Club that Farming has been properly installed. Additionally, some mods that alter Whiterun Hold, or any areas east of Rorikstead, also may be causing the issue.

Upon arrival at Goldenhills Plantation, players will have to fight the ghost guarding the area.

Successfully defeating the ghost then kicks off the “The Unquiet Dead” quest, which tasks players with finding out what happened to the family that lived on this farm, and helping lay their spirits to rest. While the quest is pretty straightforward to beat, some players are reporting that picking up Rin’s toy sword before reading his diary — which is located under his bed — can prevent further progression, so try to avoid messing with that.

Completing that mission then starts the "A Farmer’s Life For Me" quest, which ultimately puts players on the path towards building, upgrading and managing their own farmstead.

Players can even elect a steward to oversee its day-to-day operation and purchase upgrades such as animal pens, windmills, apiaries and stables.

Whether it's building a commercial empire, growing crops or working with animals, there appears to be no shortage of gameplay options here.