How to Start Farming Chia Coin

Set up

To become a chia farmer, you must install the Chia software on your Mac, Linux or Windows PC operating system to gain access to the Chia network. You must then run the GUI (Graphical User Interface) in order to install the Chia blockchain. Once the program is executed, you will be connected to the entire network through other computers (via a chia node). This could take up to six hours as you are downloading all of the transactions that have ever been processed on the Chia Cryptocurrency blockchain.

Storage: Hard Drives and Speed

You need to know how Chia farming works in order to choose the right drives, as Chia network traffic is always moving data between storage devices.   On the Chia blockchain, when data needs to be replaced out of one block, the drive will need to read the original block, update it, write the new block to a different location on the drive, and then erase the previous block. This is an ongoing, necessary process to farm Chia coin which is why you will require oodles of temp storage space.

Because Chia coin farming and creating plots take a lot of hard drive space, it is generally recommended that you have several hundred GBs of hard disk space as a single plot takes about 370 GBs. If you’re planning ongoing farming, you would be wise to pick up a terabyte or four. The beauty of the farming process is that if you happen to have unused disk space lying around, you can simply use them. With that said, be cautious and limit the number of internal/consumer-grade SSD/HDD that you use as you can count on them burning out eventually, creating the need for tons of temp storage. Consider this simply part of the cost of doing business.

You will also want drives that have a very high read/write speed. It is often recommended that you use an SSD as your temp drives and then move the data to HDD. And while you can use almost any drive, we do recommend purchasing commercial-grade enterprise or business storage devices such as M.2 NVMe SSD, but SATA SSD can work as well.  You must understand, though, that if you use your existing consumer-grade drives, you will burn them out after creating only a few Chia plots. This is why it is important that you keep your temporary storage cool so you can extend the life of your active plots.

Your Chia farm should be capable of the largest amount of storage you can afford, while also using the fastest drive you can afford. By purchasing the right storage devices from the beginning, you will have greater chances of earning farming rewards faster.

Plotting and Farming

The blockchain is a smart transaction platform and your farm is one of many that records and facilitates these transactions cryptographically. Each Chia plot is filled with data and calculations that are stored, not unlike a spreadsheet, in blocks called hashes.

Depending on the speed of your storage devices, creating plots takes approximately 4 to 6 hours. These ‘new plots’ are where you will farm Chia coin from and are just over 100 GB each.

Look at Chia farming and the plotting process as real-life farming. First, you clear the field (delete everything from the drives), then you plow the field (Chia plotting), then you add water (watch and monitor). In time, just like in agriculture, you wait for your crops to grow and in this case, it’s Chia coin farming.

How Do I Earn Chia

As people trade Chia Cryptocurrency throughout the day, the Chia farmers facilitate them and in return are provided with a block reward, Chia coins of their own. Instead of the proof of work model required by traditional cryptos, ‘the proof of space’ model is used by Chia, allowing for not only greener operations, but it takes considerably less time to complete a transaction on the Chia blockchain. It’s estimated that you can sow your plot, earning coins from each plot for up to five years.

When you’re farming Chia, you will receive a request from the Chia network where it will compare your files against someone else’s plot files. If the plot file matches theirs, then you win the transaction and a block reward.

If you probably think that this sounds too good to be true, you may be right. The chances of your solving a Chia coin computation depend on how much hard disk space you have at your disposal. As we have seen with so many coins before, there is a glut of big crypto miners hitting the market and buying all kinds of equipment.  With Chia, the chances of you winning a block and matching a hash are pretty slim. Although this doesn’t mean you can’t win. There are upwards of five thousand Chia blocks created every day, increasing your chances of matching and subsequently winning the transaction.

The Verdict

The farming process can take insurmountable temporary storage, but also requires very little network bandwidth. It also allows the average person to get in on the wealth. With the price of hard drives incredibly low and being able to pick up a Raspberry pi for less than $100, this makes Chia farming highly attractive for the average Crypto enthusiast.

With Chia’s value now leveling off from its peak in May, many are expecting it to hit $1000, perhaps even by the end of the year. For you and I, maybe we just wait for Bram Cohen to take the Chia public for a mini-IPO as he has stated, and we buy ourselves a few shares, or maybe even some coins.

The management team for the Chia Network is a virtual who’s who of tech leaders, including Gene Hoffman, the former founder and chief executive officer of and subscription management firm Vindicia, and Mitch Edwards, the former acting-CEO of online retailer Their collective goal is to become the DeFacto payment system for companies and institutions, including banks and governments.

Executives at Chia Network plan to take the company public, either through an initial public offering (IPO) or a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The firm has set the goal to go public relatively soon, Hoffman told Bloomberg:

“Our goal has always been to go public relatively quickly as that will significantly clarify our regulatory environment and allow customers to use currency to hedge public market volatility, which is different from other coins.”

In addition to their stellar executive management team, many of the usual VC’s have lined up with their checkbooks. Investors in the company include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, True Ventures and Galaxy Investment Group.

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