At some point, someone had buried some of the nuts, fruits, and berries they’d been eating (probably intending to save them for later), and discovered they made plants pop-up. Given human nature, he almost certainly boasted to people about his discovery, and then was put to death for blasphemy, because only the gods could make a tree, and they weren’t about to piss them off by trying their own hands at it.
It is also the way of humans to experiment at the fringes of morality, so, after a time, lots of other people realized they could stick certain things in the ground, wait a few months, and have a whole new plant growing. (This method only worked for plants. No one knows how many animals got buried, but it became clear, eventually, that a fresh crop of livestock would not spring up.)
As the evidence accumulated, more conservative elements were forced to admit that yes, people could make trees, too, along with corn, beans, wheat, barley, rye, etc. BUT, the conservative types argued, people could only do it because they had some of the original stuff the gods had left lying around, so they still had to go to church and pay tithes!
The farmer was born. Lots of them, actually.
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