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So what are you waiting for?!
put on your work clothes, roll up your sleeves and get out there
Are you looking for an easy, relaxed job?
Dont like working up a sweat or getting dirty?
Afraid of a bit of sun or the wild elements of the New
If you answered yes to any of the above, then seasonal work
is NOT for you! There is dirt, there is sweat, there are bugs and hot sun and
rainy days BUT dont get me wrong...I love it!
The work on a vineyard (or I would assume at an orchard or
other farm as well) leaves you not only with money in your pocket but with the
feeling of accomplishment and the joy of a hard days work. The pleasure of
great company and the pleasure of working in the great outdoors.
My first experience in seasonal work was at a vineyard just
South of Auckland in a tiny town called Whitford. I lived in a small house with
a group of other travellers where we shared our stories, our food and a lot of
wine! We did that at night that is...during the day we worked.
The work the first day involved picking the grapes and
loading them onto a truck that would later that day be delivered all the way
down to Napier. Since I had worked on a farm growing up and had some experience
driving four wheelers, I got the enviable job of riding around on the quad and
bringing the grapes from the vineyard to the truck. It sounds like fun and at
times it was great to ride around with the cool breeze cooling me off from the
heat of a mid-March day in Auckland but it was also the hardest job of the day.
I had to pick up hundreds and hundreds of baskets of grapes that
weighed...enough to be a workout...and load them onto the quad trailer then
eventually into the big rig truck. Needless to say, I got some good muscles in
the two weeks I was there.
Aside from picking we had to walk through the rows early in
the morning and scare out the birds that had settled to eat the fruit
overnight. Sounds easy but with the dew on the nets and our heads scraping the
soaked fabric, we would be soaked within minutes of "bird scaring".
Banging sticks together and screaming at the top of my lungs at 8am made for an
interesting start to the day but it just added to the surreal experience of the
seasonal job of grape picking.
The hardest job we did...and the hardest job Ive ever
done...was riding on the back of a tractor and pulling in the nets to these
massive burlap sacks that were big enough to fit half a dozen full grown men
inside with space to spare. The wet nets stretched across five rows of grapes
made for quite the workout while pulling it in and I swear I couldnt feel my
arms for the rest of the day. Again though, it was an incredible workout and by
the end of the day I had a feeling of exhausted accomplishment that is just
incomparable to anything else.
The early mornings in the crisp, fresh morning air, the sun
baked afternoons followed by a night of relaxation and wine made it an
unforgettable experience in the fields of New Zealand.
If you want to work in the Gods good land, experience and
learn about the culture and industry of organic food or just need some money,
this is a great opportunity!
So put on your work clothes, roll up your sleeves and get
out and involved in seasonal work in the spectacular country that is New
Submitted by: Kevin Gillikin Date submitted: 27/05/2014 12:50:33 a.m.