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|
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.|
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.
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.)