Asparagus picking involves a lot of bending which can be strenuous on ones back due to the repetitive and tiring nature of the work. Work is typically done early in the morning before the conditions become too hot, we’ve also heard that some farmers prefer pickers to work at night with lights attached to their belts! Who would have thought?
Asparagus Picking Tips
Remember to bend with your knees to alleviate stress on your back, this is crucial to avoid injury and ensure you’ll be to pick the entire harvest. If you’ve got a bad back or not into picking you can always work in the packing sheds sorting the asparagus into different sizes and standards. Generally the large the diameter the better the quantity. Remember to ask people at your accommodation or your boss for any handy tips to get your technique up to scratch.
Asparagus Picking Locations
Mundubbera, Gol Gol, Bairnsdale, Nangiloc
Mildura, Robinvale, Maffra, Koo Wee Rup
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
Up North weather can be tropical so be prepared for all sorts!
Did you know?
Asparagus is a member of the Lily family and can take 3 years from seed to harvest!
Pay rates are typically per piece, so the more asparagus you cut, the more dollars that will end up in your bank account. As you progress and perfect your technique you’ll become more efficient and in turn increase the quantity you cut and pick. Hourly pay can range from $15-$20 per hour but per piece pay will vary from farmer to farmer.