Onion picking involves a lot of bending which can be strenuous on ones back due to the repetitive and tiring nature of the work. You will be using shears to top and tail the onions and afterwards the vegetable will be placed in a basket or bin.
Onion Picking Tips
You can always tell when onions have stopped growing as the leaves will lose their colour and weaken at the top of the bulb, flopping over .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 onions. Remember to ask people at your accommodation or your boss for any handy tips to get your technique up to scratch.
Onion Picking Locations
Griffith, St George, Boonah, Hay,Gatton, Laidley
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?
Onions are always ready for harvesting, they can be picked and eaten at any stage.
Pay rates are typically per piece, so the more onions you pick, the the more you’ll earn :) . As you perfect your technique you’ll become more efficient and in turn increase the quantity you cut and pick. The key is to stay patient early on when the pay is not as good because you still haven’t mastered the art. Hourly pay can range from $15-$20 per hour but per piece pay will vary from farmer to farmer.