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2022 – week 38

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:

Rollschoffeled and scratched in between the cabbages in the long beds at hei

Weeded the short low beds and the parsnip line at Hei

Harvested most of the veggies in long raised bed 2 at Hei to get it ready for break down

Putted compost on the big field at Hei, seeded rye and scratched it in

Continued to plant leek in the central field at Hei

Harvested the last (?) of the melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pickles. They keep giving

Harvested almost all of the basil for Heide Atelier ( ) who makes delicious Lemon Basil Icecream. With the less beautiful leaves we made pesto for our regular sunday night spaghetti fest

Participated in the “Planeet Heist” event which aimed to bring together the various organizations in Heist-op-den-Berg who are committed to sustainability. Martine had the good idea to make small bags with 2 mint tea bags from the farm to which she had attached a Plukrijp business card. In this way, our coordinates will not be lost so easily!

Checked out our stock of bikes and fixed the ones we want to use

Pulled out the breadoven and started it up. Smoke was coming out the sides so we gave it a bit of maintenance, and will slowly break it in

Slowly tackled the wood stack in front of the workshop. We did put a tarp over the wood and did bring batches of them inside the workshop so we can cut the dry wood when it rains outside

Started with Autumn clean up/remodelling of the first floor of the big house to welcome people sleeping over and just to give it a fresh energy

Interesting Movies

BIGGER THAN US by Flore Vasseur (2021)


We strongly recommend this film which shows the determination and courage in action of the new generation.

For six years, Melati, 18, has been fighting the plastic pollution that is ravaging her country, Indonesia. Like her, a generation is rising up to fix the world. Everywhere, teenagers and young adults are fighting for human rights, the climate, freedom of expression, social justice, access to education or food. Dignity. Alone against all odds, sometimes risking their lives and safety, they protect, denounce and care for others. The earth. And they change everything. Melati goes to meet them across the globe. At a time when everything seems to be or has been falling apart, these young people show us how to live. And what it means to be in the world today.

Interesting Videos

How the Royal Family secretly owns the world

People who live in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries are fundamentally reality-deniers… Here’s the law explained succinctly. “Although the term “British subject” now has a very restrictive statutory definition, British citizens and others continue to be “subjects” of the Crown at common law.”

“You will own nothing and you’ll be happy.” The former is literally legally true for “subjects.”

Inspiring Links

There’s No One Driving the Bus

It looks like there is a bus driver, but his steering wheel and dashboard are for show. Some passengers look to him to deliver them from the maze of garbage piles, street violence, and slums that the bus has circled endlessly. Other passengers blame him for being lost there in the first place. Little do they suspect that it is their own jostling and shouting that steers the bus.”

Collective Trauma Summit 2022 Excerpts

More than 50 talks will feature front-line professionals, therapists, activists, and leaders who are developing and refining new approaches to bring healing to communities experiencing the effects of collective trauma.

See the list of participating speakers and artists here:

And here you can watch short video excerpts from many of the talks:

Inspiring Books

High IQ alone doesn’t make a person smart. Without emotional intelligence — the ability to understand and manage your feelings and how the feelings of others affect you — your chances of having a successful and happy life are very slim. Dr. Claude Steiner has taught emotional literacy to groups and individuals for twenty years. Now, in this step-by-step book, Dr. Steiner tells you how to increase your own emotional literacy. You will hear Dr. Steiner’s clear and systematic response to the emotional blocks that hold us back. He will tell you how to:

Reverse the dangerous self-destructive emotional patterns that can rule a person’s life

   Open your heart and mind to honest and effective communication

   Survey the emotional landscape

   Take responsibility for your emotional life

“Achieving Emotional Literacy” gives you the tools to develop meaningful and loving personal relationships, become more effective in business situations, and bring new joy and satisfaction into every aspect of your life.


How we now start the day at Plukrijp:

The universe provides

and guides our eyes to see

and our mouths to say

t is a glorious day today !

Inspiring Texts

5 Health Benefits of Gardening

or 5 reasons why it is good for you to come and harvest yourself at Plukrijp!

Science is starting to catch up with what gardeners already know – growing food and caring for a garden is hugely beneficial for the body, mind and spirit. Research is still unravelling the mysteries of the human microbiome, but it’s certain that getting your hands dirty in the soil is really good for you.

The physical health benefits associated with being active in the garden are well known; burning energy, boosting strength, increasing endurance and promoting better sleep are some, but there are many other health benefits of gardening.

A vitamin boost

Gardening comes with a side helping of fresh air and increased levels of vitamin D. The fresh air is especially important during winter, when rooms tend to be sealed against the cold, and fires and other heat sources compromise indoor air quality.

A rush of dopamine

Gardening can also increase our dopamine levels, which is a chemical released by the brain and makes us feel good. Harvesting our own freshly grown fruit and vegetable can create a rush of dopamine providing an intense feeling of reward.

Stress buster

Instinctively, gardeners know time spent tending to plants can take the edge off acute stress. Indeed, relaxation and stress relief are two of the main reasons people cite as taking up gardening in the first place. But now there’s mounting evidence to support what we’ve all known to be anecdotally true. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology provided the first experimental evidence for the effectiveness of gardening as a stress-relieving intervention.

Researchers put 30 allotment gardeners under pressure with a cognitive task that artificially deflated their results, causing stress and then asked them to do two different activities; time spent in the garden, and time reading a book. They then tested their stress hormone levels and self-reported mood before and after the two activities. ‘Gardening promoted stronger psycho-physiological recovery from stress than reading,’ the research concluded. ‘After 30 minutes gardening… levels of salivary cortisol and self-reported positive mood had returned to baseline.’

Strong social ties

Gardening offers ways to beat isolation and strengthen social ties. Planting on a nature strip, sharing produce or mucking in at the local community garden can increase social connections and provide support that’s conducive to improved wellbeing.

Community resilience

Gardening can help promote broader community resilience. Recognising the resilience within your own community provides an indirect but substantial health benefit for gardeners.


(Source: Pip Magazine)

If I could spend my life…

by Daphne

If I could spend my life merging I would never want to leave. Because I often want to leave. I want to leave the worries, fear and concerns. I want to leave all the uncomfortableness in my body when there is more lonely than home, more missing than here, lost than found. But when I merge, I want to stay.

Merge: to cause, to combine, unite, or coalesce; to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions.

When I merge I no longer feel separate from. All my crazy thinking disintegrates. Replaced by awe, beauty and tears. I’m not fretting about all the falling down and forgetting. I’m not consumed by the tiny and insubstantial.

But merging, I am learning, is a discipline. A discipline of quieting and relearning. Quieting the madness through stillness and movement, open seeing and wide listening. And relearning. Relearning my own true. Paying absolute attention to my aliveness. an adherence to my own softening. I light a candle. I burn some sage. I move. Until I become more space than full, more mystery than known. Until I want to stay.

Inspiring Music

Loreena McKennitt – The Book Of Secrets

France Gall – Résiste

Patrick & Serge Desaunay, Valse à Nini (live 1981)

Inspiring Image

Painting made by M. C. Escher

Humor (?)
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