Monday, 2 November 2015

Doing my Regional Farmwork in Australia: Part 2

Doing my Regional Farmwork in Australia: Part 2
Eventually after a month of rock picking (aka boulder shoving), the job came to an end. It was a strangely fun job as I got to chat and drive a tractor whilst working on my strength and spotting deadly creatures. Time for a new job.
I was placed at one farm for 2 interesting days experiencing passionfruit picking. They grow on vines in long rows. I felt like I was in the Roman period, gathering fruit from my courtyard. I love passionfruit, even the old ones smell tropical and amazing.
Freshly picked passionfruit
Freshly picked passionfruit
I was on this farm with a friend so that made it much more fun and a good distraction when we had to pick chilli peppers and squash as there was a lot of bending over involved much like the courgettes. Urgh!

The highlight was carrying a bucket of chillis back to the car and having to stop as there was a fully grown iguana right in my way who decided he didn't want to move for me. I wish I had a camera on me at the time.
Chillis, packing and weird bits of banana plants.
Chillis, packing and weird bits of banana plants.
After that, my worst fear came true and I was back at the zucchini (courgette) farm. Luckily it was just gathering potato's into buckets for 2 hours for $20 which is the equivalent of £5 an hour. But then my luck actually changed for the better.

I was placed on a sabago potato farm. I was already good friends with the 2 backpackers already there and once I met the other staff I knew I was going to get along fine. Finally a decent job!!

We stand on the back of a custom made machine pulled by a tractor that digs up potatoes onto a conveyer belt. My job is to pick out all the bad potatos that whizz by. I learnt a lot about potatoes. Some bad are difficult to spot as hundreds are going past us. Just a tiny black spot on the end can indicate a rotten potato. I won't go on about spotting bad spuds but it was surprisingly educational.
Other jobs at the farm involved weighing sacks which I didn't like too much. Lifting 20 kilo bags isn't my thing. We also had to sort out small potato's which is very similar but yep, you guessed it, with the small potato's.
Sorting Spuds
Sorting Spuds
Not long left until my 88 days are done. As soon as I finished at the potato farm I only had 1/3 left to do. Not long left now so stay tuned for the 3rd and final part of my adventures doing regional work (I just need to finish all this first.)


Read the whole series:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Helen x

4 comments:

  1. How are you coping with the heat in Q'land?
    It's not much pay is it?? But then if it means getting your visa then it's worth it.

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    1. It's storm season at the moment and I love it when it rains though it is humid being so close to rainforest. Today was 30C. I had the day off so spent my time in a nice cold swimming pool haha.
      I'm used to the heat now so it's all good. Leaving soon though which will be nice. :)

      You are right, the pay isn't good. At the lovely potato farm I was getting a couple of dollars above minimum wage which is fantastic for farmwork so I was happy and able to save a bit :D

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  2. Wow how interesting working abroad.It sounds like you are having an adventure that's for sure!

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    1. I know! I've done so many different kinds of farmwork. I appreciate it so much more now.

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