Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 13

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 13

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

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:

Bram had asked if Plukrijp could accommodate 5 of his students for a week. These 16-year-old follow Steiner education. It is part of the pedagogy that they are invited to immerse themselves in a new experience. It was very refreshing to have them by our side.

Thanks to their presence, a lot of work could be done on the farm:

A Hei, we filled the ditches between the long low beds with straw and hay and rollhaked the long low beds. We weeded and scratched in between the leek. We removed the last of the cauliflowers that barely survived the winter (birds, insects, rats & the cold). We have noted that we need to take better care of plants overwintering outside.

We took some straw from the Hei to the farm noticing that our trailers needs some attention & love. This straw was distributed in the paths of open tunnels 4&5.

We scratched and planted potatoes in the right side of open tunnel 5.

We started weeding the Elephant look in between open tunnel 4 & 5.

We covered the spaces between the closed tunnels with wood chips.

In the closed tunnels we planted salads (in the center of closed tunnel 2 and in the center and the left side of closed tunnel 3).

We also planted strawberries at the 3 entrances of all closed tunnels and planted some garlic in between them.

We seeded melon, cucumber, pickle, pointed cabbage, cauliflower, corn, pumpkin, salad in pots in the greenhouse.

The kids from the city harvested salad to bring some delicious veggies back home to their families.

Our neighbor had his garden maintained by a professional gardener. We offered to bring all the waste to us instead of taking it to the recycling center. The large branches were used to continue building the windbreak at Hei and the smaller waste went to the chicken coop to add carbon to our future compost.

Jesus organized a workshop to make bread. These five young people were able to experience the whole process up to the cooking. Eating homemade bread adds a dimension to the experience! Even more, if the bread is naturally black due to the addition of charcoal. Big thank you Jesus for this wonderful workshop!

Before leaving, the young people collected salad to share with their families on their return. They took a little bit of Plukrijp with them in their luggage…

Pieter Vastmans gave Plukrijp some outdoor pepper plants and tomato plants. Thanks Pieter!

Tom fixed the water pipes going to the fields. Thanks to his fine work, we will now be able to give water without risking an instant flood!

Inspiring Movie

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (2007)


A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Inspiring Video

Creating Abundance in a World of Scarcity | Thomas Hübl

When we become more generous ans supportive of each other’s flourishing/right to become, we create naturally an abundant system. We support each other in the creative energy that is creating something right now because your soul and my soul are Creative Energy. By supporting it we will naturally create more. We dispel scarcity by supporting each other’s creative outcome.

If you are at your best it’s not only the best for you it’s the best for all of us. What distorts that perception is trauma because trauma creates scarcity. Then I envy, I want, I’m afraid if you have more than I have less. To dispel that, we have to support each other.

If you pray for somebody you are in a place of abundance in that moment. You’re not in a place of scarcity. You’re in a place where you can think about somebody’s ills and bring some positive energy and attention to that person. You rest in some abundance and in that place you are connected. When you pray, you pull in the blessing. In our merely secular society we miss the most important energy resource that is free for everybody. When you pray for somebody you just ask for a portion of energy. That energy is exactly what we need to create more abundance. Especially in a time when it looks that there’s a lack of many things on this planet. The more the scarcity becomes dominant, the more it becomes the way we look at the world. We need abundance, the Divine flow.

The willingness to serve each other is the only way to dispel the scarcity into a mutual world that becomes a home for everybody. The world of competition is already gone but we don’t realize it. The old world that was here is not here anymore. We are waking up to the fact that we participate in a new reality that we don’t know yet really. That reality is based on the fuel we call collaboration. It’s actually a completely much higher collective intelligence at work.

In the Western world we forgot to be the power of blessing. It became a good management tool: ‘be generous to your employees because it’s good for your business’, ‘tell them nice things’. A real blessing is a very heartfelt fertilizer for somebody else, is flourishing. When we know how to bring that fertilizer in, our garden will literally grow because that’s what Creative Energy does.

Collaboration is a higher collective intelligence at work.

It is the power of blessing.

A real blessing is a very heartfelt fertilizer

for somebody else.

When we know how to bring that fertilizer in,

our garden will literally grow

because that’s what Creative Energy does.

Love Lessons by Green Renaissance

Whether you’re still in the exciting stages of a new relationship or have been married for decades, everyone could use a little relationship advice once in a while.

And as Antony and Margy share with us in this film, love is like a boat on the ocean – full of ups and downs, currents and ripples, favourable winds and foreboding waves. Mistakes in a relationship are inevitable. But keeping those mistakes forgivable and learning how to deal with the fallout, is the key to a long-lasting relationship.

And if you feel you’ve found your heart’s other half, we wish you endless days of joy and laughter, and countless nights of deep embrace, unraveling the mysteries of the universe together.

Inspiring Link

Sowing the seeds of a kinder world

Inspiring Book

Facets of Unity presents the Enneagram of Holy Ideas as a crystal clear window on the true reality experienced in enlightened consciousness. Here we are not directed toward the psychological types but the higher spiritual realities they reflect. We discover how the disconnection from each Holy Idea leads to the development of its corresponding fixation, thus recognizing each types deeper psychological core. Understanding this core brings each Holy Idea within reach, so its spiritual perspective can serve as a key for unlocking the fixation and freeing us from its limitations.




Make your interests gradually wider

and more impersonal,

until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede,

and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.

– Bertrand Russell

Inspiring Text

Unconditional Love is never about Changing your Partner,
its all about Acceptance and Growth~

When two people are truly in love with each other, they can’t help but develop into better people. This has to be a kind of love that comes without any ulterior motives.

People who really care for each other don’t sent set conditions. They are able to take their partner for their real self, flaws and all, for the rest of their lives. They cannot help but love each other’s imperfections.

We’ve all be guilty of selfish love where we’ve fallen for another person, or rather who we thought that person could be if they wanted to. In reality, we’ve just made up a perfect person in our heads and projected that on someone else.

It is not right to think that we can gain enough control over a person to smooth away their imperfections. It is a hypocritical thought when we ourselves are so flawed.

While all of us are looking for that perfect person, we also need to think about whether we’re just too scared to fall for another person and their real self.

So rather than trying to figure out what needs to be changed about your lover, just let yourself fall in love. You’ll realize that as the days go by, both of you change with each other’s help.

Like charity, this change has to begin at home. You can only expect to receive the kind of love that you give.

When you love each other unconditionally, that in itself will inspire both of you to become the best version of yourselves. You will want to be the kind of person you feel your lover deserves.

You both know that you have each other’s backs at all times. You never force each other to be anything but who you are. All the change will come from within.

More often than not, we don’t find this kind of love. But you can begin the search by understanding that you need to begin from yourself.~

Source: Sacred Dreams – Conscious Relationships

Inspiring Music

“Prelude and Nostalgia” – Yani

Humor (?)



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