A bit about us and working on our farm ....
Our Orchard is a medium sized, family cherry orchard.
Operated by Ingrid Roth with help from Guy and our 3 young boys on the weekends. We employ a small picking team, drawing in extra pickers on key days. We pack some cherries on farm which we sell direct through regional deliveries and send other cherries away to a packhouse. We also open parts of the farm for pick-your-own visitors.
Working with us - you will need to be physically fit, able to start early mornings and have a positive attitude!
Picking is done in the cool of early morning - starting soon after first light (6am). We have kept our trees relatively short to avoid the need for ladders. If you are short you may find it useful to use a milk-crate or short step-ladder.
We pick until it gets too hot for cherry quality (typically late morning)
Cherry picking logistics - lifting lugs, quality checks, etc.
We pack & sell some cherries on farm - employing just a small crew working in a little old church! Attention to detail and quality is essential.
Working with our pick your own visitors or sales. Friendly personality and excellent English needed.
Some extra jobs are available on flexible hours (ag after school / weekends) to assemble cartons, etc.
You will need to your own transport or car pool with other pickers. We are 5 km from town. We don't have accommodation but there are plenty of options in Mudgee - for camping the Mudgee Showground is economical and has new facilities.
Picking is paid per lug with the rate set based on the crop load / time taken for an experienced picker to fill a lug. There’s a bit of a knack to cherry picking. If you’ve not picked before you may find it takes a few days to get the technique. Once you’re an ‘old hand’ you can do well.
Hourly work is at the horticultural award rate. Superannuation is paid into your nominated account at the standard rates.
We expect to open 3 December for pick your own and start some picking.
The main picking season is expected to start around 7 December
Thanks for your interest in joining our small team!