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2022 – week 40

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:

Together with Annette who has been harvesting at Plukrijp every week for many years, we planted onions (high dry patches like the raised bed in closed tunnel 3 and other parts of the garden where things grow less abundantly because of water lack), garlic & elephant garlic (between open tunnels 4 & 5). We hope she will inspire other harvesters to come and discover with us the joys of gardening together.

We collected two big boxes of very nice ramenas (black radish) in the left part of the open tunnel 1. They are waiting for you to be consumed! Note that ramenas is recognized for its properties which reduce the formation of mucus. An appreciable help in case of colds!

We thinned the rows of spinach we had sown in week 36 in the left side of the greenhouse. Baby spinach was a delicious addition to our daily salad!

Seeded Nantes carrots on the left side of closed tunnel 1.

We removed another salad patch we wanted to keep for seeds. We went for a seed harvest two weeks ago and hoped to find more, but decided to take them out to make space since they didn’t give more (or spilled it over the floor, which seems to be the case as a lot of spontaneous salads are coming up in between the leek. We’ll leave them).

We’ve been waiting for the corn salad at the Hei that we seeded four weeks ago and it seems they are finally coming up in some locations. Was it worth the wait? Let’s see. We have taken out the last salads that could be harvested in between the corn salad lines and gave them a good scratch. In three days we will be scratching again (weeds have been tricked in thinking it’s safe to come up) and seeding in some lines of corn salad in all of the patches mentioned above.

Matic and Jojo gave the grape vines a needed trim.

Anthony seeded a couple of lines of brocolli and cauliflower in the back of the glasshouse to see if he can offer them to people early in the beginning of next year.

We prepared the ground at the Hei to be able to sow there. We use the method of the “false seedbed” = we scratch day 1 and wait for 2 days. Day 3 we seed and scratch it in. In this way the risk that weeds can grow between is greatly reduced.

We received a beautiful visit from Maya who came to introduce us to her little family. It’s always a joy to see former Plukrijp people again and see how their lives have evolved.At Martine’s request, Maya (who is a professional freelance designer) started to draw Plukrijp’s general plan to be able to add it to the website. In this way, it will be easier for harvesters to find their way around our different locations such as “open tunnel nr1” or “closed tunnel nr3” or “at Hei”…

Christina is also a loyal Plukrijp harvester. She is starting an evening course in furniture restoration and has offered to restore the piece of furniture that Jos (our beautiful friend who died last year at 94) gave me just before he passed away. This piece of furniture has sentimental value for me. It was quite an adventure to bring it to Mechelen because it didn’t fit in either her car or mine. Fortunately, Jesus offered to transport it with his van. How simple everything becomes when we collaborate!

We welcomed Matic, a volunteer from Slovenia. We really appreciated his calm and dynamic presence at the same time. He taught us that in his country 15% of the population is a volunteer firefighter and that 80% of the total area is still pure nature. We can only dream of it…

Jojo has updated Plukrijp’s cultivation plan so that I can at a glance follow the evolution of what can be harvested and when. Big thank you!

Matic & Anthony worked hard to finish dismantling the end of career furniture. Their work will greatly reduce the costs to be paid to the recycling park and will provide us with beautiful firewood for the winter. Thank you guys!

Jörg and Anaïs are renovating a house together with their mutual friend Sid. The 3 of them live with two dogs and bunch of chickens and ducks in Grobbendonk and gave plukrijp 6 ducks. Thank you!

Tom started growing wheatgrass to use the juice of it as a powerful superfood.

Anthony set out to try and fix the kitchen sink drain problem for good. It would be wonderful!


A good stomach flu was what I needed to take the time to watch several videos from Thomas Hübl’s Collective Trauma Summit. What a wealth! Each interview is a pearl of knowledge to be shared. So I decided to buy the upgrade package of the Summit. The upgrade package includes recordings of all of the 50+ speaker talks, 8 integration practices, 3 music performances, 8 poet readings and conversations, 9 Daily Insight Videos from Thomas, and 3 live events. Within this robust package, the course from Thomas, Foundational Teachings in Collective Trauma consists of 6 video teachings on the theories and emerging research in the field of trauma healing including the process of self-regulation, relational presence as a core resource, and levels of collective presencing. My wish is to share all this information with those who are interested during the long winter evenings. If you are interested, let me know!

Interesting Documentaries

Zainab Salbi on How to Give Fully Without Sacrificing Yourself

Zainab is co-founder of, Chief Awareness Officer at, and host of the Redefined podcast that explores what happens when life’s biggest challenges lead us on a transformative search for what matters most.

Zainab is the author of four books, including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, and her latest, Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light To Heal Ourselves and The World. She is the creator and host of several shows, including #MeToo, Now What? on PBS, and Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi at Yahoo News.

At the age of 23, Zainab founded Women for Women International, a humanitarian development non-profit dedicated to serving women survivors of war by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. From initially helping 30 women, the organization has grown to help over 519,000 women from 8 conflict zones. While CEO, Zainab also distributed $146 million dollars in aid and micro-loans for these women and their families to rebuild their lives.

People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World,” and Foreign Policy Magazine named her one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers.”

You can learn more about her work at

Good people are good people because they act on their goodness, not because they think of themselves as good.” – Zainab Salbi

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy

Joan Halifax, Roshi Buddhist works with people at the end of life (in hospices and in prison, on death row). She shares what she learned about compassion in the face of death, and deep insight into the nature of empathy.

The Courtship of Tara – Charles Eisenstein

A beautiful, awe-inspiring vision of the potential of planet Earth and mankind, illustrated as a the intimate relation between two lovers and the maturation of mankind.

(recommanded by Joshka)

Inspiring Links

The Indie Birth Sanctuary is an amazing project. The vision is simple: to provide a sacred space for women to give birth, an environment that will truly be life changing as women are held in safety and sovereignty. The founders are looking at a special and sacred property for its first home. The Sanctuary will also provide hands-on training and in-person apprenticeship for authentic midwifery students of the Indie Birth Midwifery School.

Here is a video laying out the vision:

Inspiring Books

Not much is harder than figuring out how to love your partner in all their messy humanness—and there’s also not much that’s more important.


At a time when toxic individualism is rending our society at every level, bestselling author and renowned marriage counselor Terrence Real sees how it poisons intimate relationships in his therapy practice, where he works with couples on the brink of disaster. The good news: Warmer, closer, more passionate relationships are possible if you have the right tools.

In his transformative new book Us, Real brilliantly observes how our winner-takes-all culture infiltrates families with devastating results: repetitive fights that go nowhere, or a distant relationship in which partners end up living “alone together.” With deft insight, humor, and charm, Real guides you to transform your relationship into one that’s based on compassion, collaboration, and closeness.


Us is a groundbreaking guide to a new science-backed skillset—one that will allow you to get past your knee-jerk reactions and tap into your wiser, more collaborative self. With a novelist’s flair, Real shares the stories of couples whose relationships have been saved by these skills and pans out to the culture that reinforces our dysfunction. If you and your partner are backed into separate corners of “you” and “me,” this book will show the way back to “us.” With Us, your true relationship can begin.


It is more important for you to keep the resolutions you have already made than to go on and make noble ones. You must persevere, must develop new strength by continuous study, until that which is only a good inclination becomes a good settled purpose.

– Seneca

Inspiring Text

The Strong Assumption by Annaka Harris

Summary of an article from Harvard university describing tools of practical ‘human flourishing.’

‘Aristotle argued that happiness is attained by action in accord with virtue. While the empirical study of virtues is relatively new (Petersen and Seligman, 2005), there is now some quantitative evidence that the exercise of virtue can indeed contribute to greater happiness.’

Inspiring Music


This song is Anthony’s favorite at the moment! Enjoy!

FAUN – Federkleid

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)
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