Yerma was largely worked on and written during the summers of 1933 and 1934 in the Huerta de San Vicente (St. Vincent Farmhouse). In 1933, Federico lived in the Farmhouse from mid-July to August 8, when he enrolled in the second outing of La Barraca. During those days he wrote the first two acts. In the summer of 1934, he stayed twice in the Farmhouse. During the first stay, from July 16 to August 1 (a few days before the fatal bullfight of the bullfighter Ignacio Sánchez Mejías to whom he dedicated his harrowing Elegía (Elegy), he managed to finish the first complete version, although he retouched the third act. He finished it on July 24, 1934 and read it in the Farmhouse itself and later at the Casa de los Tiros (House of the Shots) before a group including Antonio Gallego Burín, Emilio García Gómez and Francisco Prieto-Moreno, among others.