El Ejido, is a province in Almeria, also known as the ‘winter vegetable garden’ of Europe. Around 60 year ago, at the age of 13 my father moved away from the mountainous Alpujarra region to find work. Back then, the Alpujarra was a very poor area and many people moved to the El Ejido where there were more jobs. My father worked on the land in the morning and at the auction in the afternoon. In the open air he cultivated yellow melons and haricots.
It was only later that simple greenhouses were built. Back then, they used to build the structure of the greenhouse with wooden-posts and a flat plastic roof. The funny thing is that in order to decide on the height of the roof, they used the length of the farmer and added a few inches, so the farmer could easily walk through his own greenhouse. However, the current generation of growers are a bit taller, so you can imagine that the height of the greenhouses was slightly inconvenient for them. Eventually, my farther owned 3 hectares of land, which he worked on with the entire family.