Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 25 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 25

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

At Hei, we did scratch to prevent new weeds from coming up. Weed the carrots and the lines of red beet, salad, carrot and spinach and hoed the beans with the roll-cultivator.

Scratched the open tunnels.

Seeded cabbages and gerkin in pots for planting later this year.

Cleared the summer purslane in the glasshouse.

Flooded the closed tunnels to provide a nice moist climate for the Mediterranean plants.

Gave the closed tunnels some tender loving care: clipped the tomatoes, melons and cucumbers, pruned the grape-vines, thieved the tomatoes and weeded the soil.

Gave a guided tour and an introduction to permaculture to a Ubuntu-group from Heist-op-den-Berg.

Harvested the first potatoes, carrots and red beets!

In order to make Plukrijp better known locally we collect every morning a sample of all the vegetables that are ripe to be harvested on the farm. We present them beautifuly on a table near the street with the invitation to come and harvest. Our tasty vegetables have already called many new people to whom we were able to explain what Plukrijp does and how it works. We are convinced that personal contact is the only real way to make people understand the new form of economy that Plukrijp is trying to introduce as a pioneer.

Interesting Movies


Amélie (also known as The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) is a 2001 French-language romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better while dealing with her own isolation.

Interesting Videos

Charles Eisenstein – The heart knows…the mind believes

Living with Intention

The Dangers Of Being Too Nice | Dr. Gabor Maté

107 Year Old Irish Farmer Reflects on Change, 1965

Caller Drops Massive TRUTH Bomb on FDA
(Running Time: 4 mins)

Inspiring Links

Beautiful Libraries From Around the World

Inspiring Books

My newest book, coming out on July 28 and available for pre-order now, compiles my best Covid-era writing, with an added prologue, epilogue, and mini intros to each essay. It includes and is named after my April 2020 essay, “The Coronation.”

Controversy and despair, hope and isolation, courage and division, withdrawal and reunion. How can we find meaning within this complex Covid moment–and emerge renewed?

A coronation is an initiation into sovereignty, where heretofore unconscious choices become conscious. Covid shone a light onto where we have been headed: an alienated, locked down, technologically mediated, ideologically polarized, authoritarian, medicalized world under ever-intensifying control. These trends did not all of a sudden start in 2020. Now that we have seen clearly our destination, it is no longer inevitable. We can choose another based on what we hold sacred.

I believe that, with a little distance, The Coronation will aid a vital sense-making project over coming years. Yes, vital. I feel a sense of urgency around this book. The social forces that erupted during the pandemic still seethe beneath the surface. The ideological machinery that exploited them is still intact, and its attendant technologies of control more highly developed than ever. History can easily repeat itself in even more extreme fashion, if we let it.

Charles Eisenstein

The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine by Matthew Fox


The fatherly heart is so important that we must all learn to embody it, whether male or female, young or old, parents or grandparents . . . a fatherly heart brings hope, promise and possibility into one’s life, while the lack of a fatherly heart often brings hopelessness and despair and the violence that follows.

A fatherly heart gives us wings, providing us with ambition, empowerment, and strength. The fatherly heart also provides boundaries and contains us, grounding us like the Green Man. A good father encourages personal and individual responsibility. A fatherly heart does not foster dependency or co-dependency but healthy individuality.

An authentic fatherly heart is in love with life, and is a nourisher and supporter of (this love of life) . . .

An authentic father is a caretaker for Mother Earth, working to make sure her creatures, soil, water, air and forests are healthy. A fatherly heart goes out of its way to foster mutual communication within a family and a community: a communication that flows both ways, listening and speaking, teaching and learning . . .


The point of grief is not to wallow in misery. It is to integrate the preciousness of what has been lost, so that one might value it in the future. When I grieve the death of a loved one, I prepare to treasure the brief span of years with the beloveds still remaining.

Charles Eisenstein

Inspiring Poetry

After a While by Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises,
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead,
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns
if you get too much, so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure,
you really are strong, you really do have worth,
and you learn and you learn.
With every goodbye, you learn.

Inspiring Music

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Ella Fitzgerald

Abdullah Ibrahim: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Inspiring Image

Nature always finds a way

Humor (?)
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