Harvest time is an important time for the community of Young of the wider Hilltops Region with hundreds of additional workers coming to the area in order to assist. The majority of workers are needed to pick fruit and help with the sorting & packing in preparation for taking the fruit to market.
Accommodation is in high demand during the harvest season. Make sure you contact the job agencies before travelling to the area to ensure that arrangements can be made to accommodate you. Always make it known if you have your own accommodation eg. tent, caravan or camper van.
Arriving in the area at the right time is extremely important. Being early means limited work and unless you have money and wish to be a tourist for a short while, don’t arrive in a potential work town prior to the availability of work. Late arrival of course can mean that only limited vacancies are available.
For your safety, you will be required to wear hard wearing clothing and footwear that will keep you well covered and protected at all times while you are working. Maximum protection against the sun is essential. A suitable broad brimmed hat is essential. You should use a sun screen cream with protection factor of at least 30+. Sunglasses are also highly recommended.
Harvesting crops is demanding work. The days can be long and hot so a good supply of water is vital to prevent dehydration. A large water bottle and a suitable lunch every day is suggested. Eat well, pace yourself and get adequate amounts of rest each night for the days ahead.
Insects are very common in our region. Not only can they be annoying while you are picking, they can be venomous and carry diseases. Always use an effective insect repellent and apply it regularly to protect yourself.