Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 41 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 41

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:

This last week we’ve been checking the ground temperature with the BDD app (bodemkundige dienst van belgie) which indicates all sorts of weather details useful for farmers. We use it to make sure we protect our water pipes from the frost.

We scratched a couple more beds and seeded cornsalad in open tunnel 1.

We seeded a couple more lines of walcherse cauliflower for beginning next year in the back of the glasshouse.

We planted some onions in the beginning of open tunnel 1, the highest point of the bed.

We scratched the open spots of open tunnel 1 and 3 where we removed the courgetteplants which gave us a bountiful harvest this year. Thank you!

Tom and Anthony redid the piping of the kitchen wastewater at plukrijp. We found out that the one of the connector pieces was not well laid and put in one flex tube as a replacement of the 90 degree angled tube, which will prevent future cloggings.

Moved the bread oven from the bicycle area to the veranda. It was quite the endeavour getting this stone monster to move where we wanted it to go. We created a smoke outlet through the veranda’s roof and made pizza on Saturday evening to be sure the stove was working properly.

After the first floor clean up, the ground floor workshop was a mess and stayed a mess for a week. We prioritized the garden, but finally got to cleaning. Boy, some decluttering sure does liberate space and creates a fresh energy.

We reorganized the bicycle stable. Finally no more shuffling around of bikes because of limited space.

Tom brought out his telescope and we checked out jupiter with its moons and saturn with its rings. We also got to see a nice close up of the moon, which left us all temporarily blind. Strong light!

Since Martine was put out of the race by a few small viruses, Jojo, Anthony & Tom turned into incredible babysitters. Jojo even got to change his first diaper! Thank you guys for giving me the time and space to get back on my feet!

On Friday, a delegation from Belgeco, the Belgian network of eco-communities ( came to visit us. Rich ideas were exchanged.

Martine, Jojo & Jesus went to the local jazz club for a wonderful concert with Steven De bruyn & Jasper Hautekiet ( )

Interesting Videos

Moving testimony of Stella Morris, Assange’s wife

Julian Assange was nominated for the prestigious European Parliament (EP) Sakharov Prize for dissidents. 40 MEPs sign his nomination. A session on this subject was held in the EP on 11 October in the presence of several MEPs. Stella Morris, Assange’s wife, gave a moving testimony.

Stella Morris, herself a lawyer, said at the October 11 hearing in the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels that the Assange trial is a mockery of every principle of law. “His crime: exposing war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, for which a grotesque 175 years hangs over his head. While those who committed these war crimes are walking free. Because Assange is not a US citizen, he is also immediately denied all constitutional protections.”

Inspiring Links

Why the Global “Insect Apocalypse” is Concerning

& What You Can Do About It

Inspiring Books

By all appearances, Zainab Salbi has had an impressive life. Growing up as the daughter of Saddam Hussein’s personal pilot, she eventually became a celebrated humanitarian and activist. Yet, as she was helping thousands of women in war-torn countries, Salbi’s personal life was coming to a crisis. In Freedom Is an Inside Job, Salbi explores her own riveting journey to wholeness – and how embarking on such a journey enables each of us to create the world we want to live in.

After years of working as a successful CEO and change-maker, Salbi realized that if she wanted to confront and heal the shadows of the world, she needed to face her own shadows first – and this could only be done by looking within. Through personal anecdotes, real-life stories, parables, and insightful guidance, Salbi takes us through a process of self-discovery. We learn to uncover our hidden motives and desires so we can live in alignment with our authentic values. “As long as we are conflicted within, we will continue to live in conflict without”, writes Salbi. “If we want to change the world, we must begin with ourselves.”


The greatest wealth

is a poverty of desires.

– Seneca

Inspiring Text

How to sing the world into existence

or a reflection on what Feminine Power really means

by Charles Eisenstein

Do we recognize power when it doesn’t conform to patriarchal expectations?

Inspiring Music

Steven De bruyn – BXL Midi (live)

Frim Fram Sauce – Diana Krall

Four Women: Lisa Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo

Inspiring Image

The different points of view


by understanding & applying “The Ecology of Mind” by Gregori Bateson, we could already co-create a more beautiful world

Humor (?)
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