In Belalcázar people measure the land in fanegas. The word fanega comes from the Arabic faddãn, and it refers to the land surface that a pair of oxen could plough in a day. It is the equivalent of 6,430 m2.
There are two main ways of cultivating vegetables in Belalcázar: 'de riego' (watering the crops) and 'de secano' (no water is given to the plants, they use the moisture trapped in the soil).
Antonio, MariCarmen and I prepared the vegetables the day before market day.
These images show setting the stall up, selling the vegetables and the artistic dialogical intervention of the photographs acting as wrapping paper.
One elderly couple did not want the printed photographs to be crumpled by wrapping the vegetables with them, and asked whether they could take the photographs separately instead. They placed the images in the carrier trolley front pocket to keep them safe and dry on their way home.
Working with Antonio and MariCarmen on their farm
In Andrés' and Manolo's farm they used mules to plough the land. They also use the mules to carry load with a Y shaped tree trunk called 'rastra'. They also have a collection of traditional tools which are still in use.
Andrés does not think much of the modern way of storing hay in large rolled up cylinders as he says the hay remains damp in the inside and it is not good for the sheep.
Andrés never buys seeds. He keeps a large seed bank in his farm, some seeds have been passed through generations.