This morning we walked along the track from Cortijo de Montano to Ermita del Fraile and back ….
….. passing through the most intensively farmed land in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, the Cortijo del Fraile
Plastic greenhouses are not permitted in the Parque Natural, so vegetables and salad crops are grown here in the traditional way although plastic sheets cover the ridges of soil in which the seedlings are planted.
This is labour-intensive and immigrant labourers, mainly Moroccans, work in the fields. Although unemployment in Andalucia is over 30%, it is much cheaper, and more flexible, to employ immigrants. Fields in which brocolli had recently been harvested were being prepared for a new crop.
Other fields contained colourful rows of salad crops and ….
…. in the background the ruins of the old ermita still stand waiting for renovation.