Often, when we think about picking, the two jobs that come to our mind are either being a picker or working in a packinghouse. Actually lots of other different job opportunities exist on the “picking trail”.
As we know it’s not always simple to understand what the real meaning of a job title is, we will try to help you to clarify them. Don’t hesitate to investigate more about a position and ask somebody who has already done it: a true eye perspective is sometimes the best way to get a better idea of a position!
Every country has its own reality for fruit picking jobs. So depending on where you are planning to go, get informed! As you would never leave your country without knowing at what time is your flight; you must get informed about the reality of the places you are going to, especially if you intend to work there. Believe it or not, but neither apricots grow 12 months a year, nor apples, tomatoes, grapes, avocados, etc.
85% of Australia’s pears are grown in and around the town of Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria. Starting towards the end of January and continuing for about six weeks means that the season falls nicely after the mainland cherry season.
Have you ever heard about swede trimming? Do you even know what a swede is? Celia and Ben tried this job in Tasmania. Read this interview to discover a new part of the picking trail!
Welcome to the freak show! This art project came to my mind while picking those damn lovely apples in New Zealand. As every apple picker knows, it can be a pretty boring job (not to mention how hard is it on the body). My days went suddenly a lot faster…
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People tend to think that New Zealander got their nickname “Kiwis” from the kiwifruit! Sorry to disappoint you, but this nickname actually comes from a rare native bird, that also gave his name to the kiwifruit (formerly known as the Chinese Gooseberry, as it’s originating from China)! Now that everything…
Cherry season is now over in the southern hemisphere, we all know what that means: the end of summer (how sad is that… but don’t cry too much, cherries will be back next year!). Thanks to Camille Cherry, we will now be able to remember all the highlights of the…
Everything you need to know to prepare your apple picking season in Australia. Location, period, bin rates, special tips.
Even if Australia is a lot bigger than New Zealand, its apple production is slightly smaller: the total harvest was estimated at 300 000 tonnes in 2014. It represents at least 4300 apple picking jobs over the apple season.