The Planter is part of the supply production of your colony. The Planter will plant and harvest sugar cane, bamboo, or cactus.
The Planter can also craft paper, books, and sugar. The Planter will only make these items when they have been taught the recipes, receive a request for an item, and have the needed materials.
Note: The Planter can only learn a set number of recipes based on their hut level. So: