Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 27 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 27

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:

We keep harvesting for the table on the street, taking a step towards the locals so that they, too, can take step into the beautiful garden to harvest as well.

We continue to tie up the melons & tomatoes & cucumbers around the farm.

We cut back the chives around the farm to keep them growing & also transplanted a few closer to the begins of the tunnels for easier access for harvesters.

We seeded salads & spinach at the Hei, we do multiple rounds with a delay of 4-5 days so we can have a steady harvest of fresh leafy greens over the next few months.

We scratched the lines of salads & carrots & beetroot & spinach at the Hei.

We roll-hak’d & scratched & weeded the bean field.

We scratched & planted augurkens in tunnel 5 & transplanted swiss chard there also from the food forest.

We also keep scratching paths & open ground made by harvested veggies until we set in motion the next rotation of veggies.

We added new straw in the greenhouse and the closed tunnels.


We noticed one of the chickens from the coop escaping multiple times, so after chasing him back in a few times we checked & fixed the chicken tunnel for any gaps he was using to escape the coop.

We pruned the hazel nut tree growing under the apple tree, liberating light for the tree & space for harvesting the beautiful fruit from them. Martine made a crumbe & lots of pots of delicious applesauce. Thank you Martina!

We also pruned the low lying branches from some trees in the food forest, inspiring a new image of the food forest. We saw the potential for a few beds to be freed up for perennial plants in the following season, so we prepare it by moving some berry bushes from those lines to spaces created by the pruning of the trees.

We watered the closed tunnels & the glass house. We begin to understand better the function of humus containing water to mantain the soil life & that in an artifical system such as closed tunnels, through perception & right action. We give the soil what it needs to keep doing what it needs to do (create & sustain fertility!). Thank you Soil Life!

Interesting Movies

We chose to work in the evening rather than in the afternoon because of the hot weather and to take advantage of the long daylight. Therefore, we cannot recommend any films for you this week, sorry.

Interesting Documentaries

Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution (English)

Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution, a film by the international NGO, Local Futures, shows a quiet and transformative revolution emerging worldwide.

Away from the screens of the mainstream media, the crude ‘bigger is better’ narrative that has dominated economic thinking for centuries is being challenged. As people work to protect and restore their local economies, their communities and the natural world, countless diverse initiatives are demonstrating a new path forward for humanity. It’s a path that localizes rather than globalizes, connects rather than separates, and shows us that human beings need not be the problem – we can be the solution.

Featuring activists from every continent alongside figures like Russell Brand, Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Naomi Klein, Jane Goodall and Gabor Maté, Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution is a timely and compelling call to action.

Inspiring Links

The Human Library

In Denmark, there are libraries where you can borrow a person instead of a book to listen to their life story for 30 minutes. The goal is to fight prejudice. Each person has a title – “unemployed”, “refugee”, “bipolar”, and etc. – but listening to their story you realize how much you shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover”. This innovative project is active in 85+ countries.

It takes a village to raise a child, they say. Yet many kids are raised in settings far removed from the kind of loving home a strong community can help create.

It’s hard enough to raise children in these confusing times, what to say of doing so without the support of fellow adults who understand and can work together to prepare children for the future world they will inhabit.

Are you concerned about the future of your child’s wellbeing in these times? Frustrated with the education system? Ready to move your family toward community?

Intentional communities have much to teach us about conscious parenting and alternative childrearing. I hope the below events and resources can support your journey as a caretaker for the children in your life.

Inspiring Books

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

One of humanity’s core paradoxes is that we are aware of our finiteness, but view our lives through the lens of the infinite. We live as if tomorrow is expected, knowing very well that it’s not promised.

To put it another way: We know that death is something that happens to everyone, but we just can’t imagine it happening to us.

Tolstoy takes this paradox and expresses it in a way that only he can. He does this through a character named Ivan Ilyich, a regular guy that goes through the “regular” experience of dying, but sees it as anything but that. This short story digs into the heart of the human condition, and will leave you wondering if you’ve reflected on the finiteness of life in way that matters.


About Freedom

What does the word mean outside the assumption of a separate self?

What is freedom when we incorporate into our embodied experience our non-separation from the other beings around us, human and otherwise?

With that, freedom and compassion merge into one thing.

Charles Eisenstein

Inspiring Music

Jan Garbarek – Hasta Siempre

My Funny Valentine -Chet Baker live in Hannover

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)

If you wondered why we stay in good shape at Plukrijp…

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