Having previous experience is always beneficial but due to the repetitive nature of the job you will work your way into it. The work itself is physically demanding whilst being quite technical, if you’ve had no prior experience your boss will be able to give you a few handy tips or show you the correct technique technique. Remember to talk to other fruit pickers at your accommodation and share your technique to aid your productivity and in turn your pay packer.
Vine Pruning Tips
Remember that apples will ripen toward the center of the tree, so fruit on the outside of the tree will be reading for picking earlier. Smaller trees will be easier to pick, a good technique is to roll the apple upwards off the branch and then give it a little twist. Try not to shake the tree or branches as apples may fall everywhere, typically they will be fine to pick up but some can get bruised and will cause them to deteriorate quicker.
Things you’ll need
Work will be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
Vine Pruning is done in the winter when the vines are at their coldest to ensure a good crop for next season
People new to vine pruning typically take a couple of days to develop their technique, as you progress and perfect your technique you’ll become more efficient and in turn increase the number of vines you prune per day. The more your pruning, the more your earning! Alternatively you may be paid per hour, you should expect to earn $16-$20 per hour on an hourly pay packet.