Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 36 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 36

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:

Transplanted strawberries from the long raised bed 2 at Hei to closed tunnel 2 and 3

Planted salad and plukpots in closed tunnel 2

Seeded a mix of wintergreens on the left side of closed tunnel 2

Diged up the spontaneous potatoes in open tunnel 5

Cleared out, scratched and seeded parts of the glasshouse with spinach and corn salad

Planted plukpots in the glasshouse

Welded a stack of metal postcarts

Repared some pallets

Cleaned up the central bed of open tunnel 5 and seeded spinach in 3 lines

Seeded corn salad and planted regular salad in the right side of open tunnel 5

Cleaned up the space between open tunnel 4 and 5

Trimed the tomatoes in open tunnel 4

At Hei, we scratched out the multitude of cabbage seedlings left and right when you enter; we rollshuffled the central field and seeded lines of corn salad and spinach.

Cleared the hops in open tunnel 3 that were overshadowing the turnips

Continued transplanting leek in open tunnel 1 and 2.

Kept on harvesting beautiful new crops. We got beans again at Hei and colorful paprikas and tomatoes in the closed tunnels. A month ago people kept asking for melons while they were unripe. Now we harvest them by the dozen!

Jesus made a marvelous frozen cake for Niels’ birthday (vanilla ice cream and mango sorbet covered with a blackcurrant coulis and garnished with meringues on the outside and blueberries on the top). Its final touch to give a little hint of color is a yellow tomato in the middle. Since then, in Plukrijp, we no longer use the expression “the cherry on the pie” but “the tomato on the pie“!

We harvested a large basin of mini tomatoes (with the help of Martine’s grandson!) to preserve them for the winter. We wash them and put them raw in bottles. Then we put these bottles in an oven at 100°C for 2 hours. These tomatoes remain whole and can be stored for 1 to 2 years. A real delight to add a touch of summer color and flavor to winter dishes!

The table on which we present the products that can be harvested continues to attract new harvesters. We are so happy when we see the pleasure you have in harvesting your own vegetables. Thank you to all of you who give us greater motivation to make the garden fruitful!

Inspiring Movies

The Cider House Rules (1999)


The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay by John Irving, based on Irving’s 1985 novel of the same name. Its story follows Homer Wells, who lives in a World War II-era Maine orphanage run by a doctor who trained him, and his journey after leaving the orphanage.

Comment: A film of extreme beauty in terms of human quality

Inspiring Videos

Living a Radically Simple Permaculture Life on 1/4 Acre

Creatures of Place is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody. Living on a 1/4-acre section in a small Australian town, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals.

They grow most of their own food, don’t own cars and ride their bikes instead, use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest.

Why are we so obsessed with knowing everything? While there’s nothing wrong with knowledge and understanding, our insatiable desire to know and control all aspects of our lives often gets in our way of trying new things.

There is no shame in not knowing, there is only freedom. An uncertain mind is an open mind. It is a mind which is curious and interested. It allows us to be creative and willing to live in a state of wonder and possibility, like children do.

When we meet life with a genuine sense of uncertainty, we cease to project that which we think we know, and we instead begin to see life for what it truly is. It is life itself, unfolding before our eyes.

Inspiring Links

The meeting point of the transition since 2018 (Louvain-la-Neuve)


Plukrijp will be there with a stand!

Inspiring Books

Two of our most celebrated intellectuals grapple with the uncertain aftermath of the American collapse in Afghanistan “Through the structure of a deeply engaging conversation between two of our most important contemporary public intellectuals, we are urged to defy the inattention of the media to the disastrous damage inflicted in Afghanistan on life, land, and resources in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal and the connections to the equally avoidable and unnecessary wars on Iraq and Libya.”-from the foreword by Angela Y. Davis Not since the last American troops left Vietnam have we faced such a sudden vacuum in our foreign policy-not only of authority, but also of explanations of what happened, and what the future holds. Few analysts are better poised to address this moment than Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad, intellectuals and critics whose work spans generations and continents. Called “the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet” by the New York Times Book Review, Noam Chomsky is the guiding light of dissidents around the world. In The Withdrawal, Chomsky joins with noted scholar Vijay Prashad-who “helps to uncover the shining worlds hidden under official history and dominant media” (Eduardo Galeano)-to get at the roots of this unprecedented time of peril and change. Chomsky and Prashad interrogate key inflection points in America’s downward spiral: from the disastrous Iraq War to the failed Libyan intervention to the descent into chaos in Afghanistan. As the final moments of American power in Afghanistan fade from view, this crucial book argues that we must not take our eyes off the wreckage-and that we need, above all, an unsentimental view of the new world we must build together.

Inspiring Text

A Wise Donkey Source: Oral Sufi Tradition

By the city of Kashan, a hundred miles east of the holy city of Qom, lived a poor peasant named Ahmed. Ahmed’s village was at the edge of a desert, facing barren mountains to the north. High on the mountains, snow fell heavily from December until March. As the snow melted, a river flowed into the valley below until May, and then dried up for the rest of the year. Peasants dug wells at the foot of the mountains, connected them together with underground tunnels, and brought water to the valley below.

Ahmed, like every other peasant, had a share of this water for the melons in his plot. Every day, he woke up before sunrise, prayed to God, counted his blessings, and then went to work in the fields, under the blazing sun. He worked gladly, as sweat dripped from his face. He collected melons in gunnysacks, put them on his donkey’s back, and then took them to the bazaar.

One day, on his way to the bazaar, Ahmed’s donkey fell into an abandoned well. Ahmed sat by the edge of the well and listened to his donkey, as it cried piteously. Listening to the sound of the donkey’s cry, Ahmed reasoned that the donkey may have broken its legs, and since the donkey was old, he thought he should put the donkey out of its misery. He went back to the village and called a few of the villagers to help him. Ahmed asked every man to grab a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well.

Not realizing what was happening, the donkey, at first, cried and wailed horribly. Then a few shovelfuls later, the donkey quieted down completely. The peasants peered down into the well and were astounded by what they saw. With every shovelful of dirt that landed on its back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He was shaking the dirt off and taking a step up on the new layer of dirt. As the peasants continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Soon, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off, to the shock and astonishment of all the peasants.

Then Ahmed grinned and said, “We all have to learn from my wise donkey. When life throws a shovel of dirt at you, all kinds of dirt, the trick to getting out of such circumstances is to not to let the dirt bury you. Shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. Like the donkey, we can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping and never giving up! Shake off the dirt, take a step up, and then praise God.”

Inspiring Music

Shake, Shake Senora

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)
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