Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 20

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 20

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:

This week Niels brought us a variety of plants that Ferm had left over after their yearly plan sale. The delivery included watermelon, big tomato, physalis and many oca plants.

On the way back we loaded the van with some tools and trays that we have in abundance and would be useful at their vegetable and flower farm in Zemst.

If every day we wake up and are productive, then we will create situations of abundance that we can periodically share with others. This creates meaningful relationships and networks of resources that are Win – Win. It can offer a pleasant parallel economy to the commercial one where everything is planned, measured and calculated and still produces moments of overflow.

What resources do you have in abundance? At Plukrijp we encourage you to find your abundance and talent and share it in a social context.

During the season you will find flowers, tomatoes and strawberries for self harvest at the farm of Sander and Veerle in the Vennestraat across from number 7. They have an extra plot of land with a food forest run by the members of the non-profit “reFerm”

Niels, Bram and JoJo went around all the vegetable beds at plukrijp Thursday evening to find the ideal spaces for all the plants we received. Working with unexpected abundance is one of the arts of permaculture.

Keep your hearts open and fingers dirty!

We harvested snow peas from the closed tunnels & greenhouse. A real delicacy!

We have mowed the lawn everywhere to give a great experience to those who come to harvest.

The small playhouse for children is ready. They are super happy!

We continue to feed & care for the little ducklings that have joined us this year. Unfortunately, we have lost one to predators prowling the chicken coop at night. We have moved the remaining ducklings and the mama to a safer home outside the chicken coop.

We continue to work on a small construction to present our products on the street. Thanks Bram!

We scratched between the carrots & beetroot & potatoes & spinach & courgettes in the open tunnels.

We buried Arian, the rooster of the Food Forest. We had noticed on Wednesday that he was calmer than usual and the next day he was already dead. We feel very small before the laws of nature.

We scratched the sides of the closed tunnels to keep them weed free.

We placed the last tiles on the right side of the greenhouse for eventual future constructions.

In the closed tunnels:

We scratched & seeded summer purslane in all the center beds of the closed tunnels.

We harvested the small carrots in closed tunnel 1 left side for a small yield (compact soil?)

We continue to lightly prune the grapevines when they grow into the path & to increase quality of grapes instead of quantity.

We flooded closed tunnel 1 to be able to plant.

We planted white celery & celeriac in the center of tunnel 1 to the sides of the tomatoes & cucumbers.

We planted paprika’s on the right side of closed tunnel 1 between the garden cress & coriander after removing the salad that had gone to seed. (see Frank Gertrude system)

We planted watermelons in the backs of tunnels 1 & 3 so that they can climb on the ground & take over (cover) where we go the least.

We planted kohlrabi, broccolini & coriander in the center of closed tunnel 2 on the sides of the tomatoes.

We planted 2 rows of peppers on the right side of tunnel 2 between the mixed annuals going to seed (mustard, rucola, salad, etc).

We planted aubergines & tomatoes on the left side of tunnel 2 after harvesting the corn salad for seed (leaving the place quite weed free & easy to shuffle).

At Hei:

We scratched & weeded the low long collapsed bed filled with potatoes.

We scraped the carrot bed since the digging up of the beds after winter woke up so many weeds that our tiny slow growing carrots didn’t stand a chance. We try again, with some infused creativity & advice from farmers around. We seeded again with onions as markers, & covering it with plastic to be taken off in a week. Good luck carrots!

We weeded & scratched between the parsnip & beetroot.

We scraped the sunflower bed since none of them came up. Favorite snacks of rats?

We planted the back third of low long bed 1 & 2 at the Hei with Oca, a Peruvian sort of potato.

We removed the remainder of the plastic cover and planted more pumpkin & corn on the big field.

We took out some more winter purslane from the short beds & spread it around the beds.

We watered all the plants we planted by hand!


June 10th: Beyond yoga, Wúo Taï.

On Saturday June 10th Bram & Maud will give a Wúo Taï workshop at Plukrijp from 10.30 till 17h @ free donation. No prior medical knowledge or experience is required

Wúo Taï is a bodywork technique that works on the fascias. You are invited to let yourself be guided by the dance of the two body-rhythms. This is a mixture of osteopathy and yoga.

What do we know about the totality and why do certain things happen or not happen? Maybe it was not the right moment? Maybe on a larger scale it was not advantageous for the other one? Who will know?

Do without doing with a detached attitude towards the result.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

In Wúo Taï it is the same.

Inspiring Videos

Transparent Communication is a central component of our teaching for more than 20 years. It is a kind of refinement that makes relationships an art form that we can refine more and more. This improves my ability to include more of the world in myself.

Sometimes it is misunderstood. When we practice Transparent Communication, it’s only partly about knowing what I want to say and being able to express myself accordingly. That’s good in itself. But it’s also about an awareness of myself and an awareness of the space between me and others. It’s an understanding of whether the person, group, or team with whom I am currently in a relationship is actually in my conscious awareness.

I love the analogy of video streaming. You used to download a video and then watch it. Nowadays, it’s common that the video you’re watching is streaming as you watch it. Relationships are like streaming data, like Netflix. They involve a real-time awareness of what’s actually flowing between us. The dyadic experience and the group experience have a heightened awareness of this process.

When we really meet and engage, we create a new world together.

Here’s How We Escape Climate Apocalypse

This Our Changing Climate video essay looks at the importance of speculative climate fiction, sci-fi, and utopias for political movements. Specifically, at various short stories, films, and books that introduce us to worlds beyond capitalism, that have, in their own way addressed our ecological and climate crisis.

The 25% Revolution

The documentary that makes our society bounce, makes it beautiful with a view to share in the cake for everyone.

Only 25% of people are needed to take the necessary steps towards change, which benefits everyone: positive thoughts, dreams, wishes turned into a form of positive action….

Wonderful initiatives full of hope for a bright future! The results are already there.

Inspiring Book

Our cultural mythology depicts love as something that happens to us — something we fall into, something that strikes us arrow-like, in which we are so passive as to be either lucky or unlucky. Such framing obscures the fact that loving — the practice of love — is a skill attained through the same deliberate effort as any other pursuit of human excellence.

Long before the Zen sage Thich Nhat Hahn admonished that “to love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,” the great German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) addressed this neglected skillfulness aspect of love in his 1956 classic The Art of Loving (public library) — a case for love as a skill to be honed the way artists apprentice themselves to the work on the way to mastery, demanding of its practitioner both knowledge and effort.

Fromm writes: “Love is not a sentiment which can be easily indulged in by anyone, regardless of the level of maturity reached by him… [All] attempts for love are bound to fail, unless [one] tries most actively to develop [one’s] total personality, so as to achieve a productive orientation; …satisfaction in individual love cannot be attained without the capacity to love one’s neighbor, without true humility, courage, faith and discipline. In a culture in which these qualities are rare, the attainment of the capacity to love must remain a rare achievement.” […] “There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.”

The only way to abate this track record of failure, Fromm argues, is to examine the underlying reasons for the disconnect between our beliefs about love and its actual machinery — which must include a recognition of love as an informed practice rather than an unmerited grace:

The first step to take is to become aware that love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must proceed in the same way we have to proceed if we want to learn any other art, say music, painting, carpentry, or the art of medicine or engineering. What are the necessary steps in learning any art? The process of learning an art can be divided conveniently into two parts: one, the mastery of the theory; the other, the mastery of the practice. If I want to learn the art of medicine, I must first know the facts about the human body, and about various diseases. When I have all this theoretical knowledge, I am by no means competent in the art of medicine. I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice, until eventually the results of my theoretical knowledge and the results of my practice are blended into one — my intuition, the essence of the mastery of any art. But, aside from learning the theory and practice, there is a third factor necessary to becoming a master in any art — the mastery of the art must be a matter of ultimate concern; there must be nothing else in the world more important than the art. This holds true for music, for medicine, for carpentry — and for love. And, maybe, here lies the answer to the question of why people in our culture try so rarely to learn this art, in spite of their obvious failures: in spite of the deep-seated craving for love, almost everything else is considered to be more important than love: success, prestige, money, power — almost all our energy is used for the learning of how to achieve these aims, and almost none to learn the art of loving.”





Mark Epstein and the spiritual master and psychologist A.H. Almaas,
say that for the full realization of the self one must employ the understandings
and insights of modern Western psychology,
and also the spiritual explorations of the Eastern and Middel Eastern traditions,
or, no doubt, of the native spiritual teachings of other continents.
They do not suggest a synthesis of Eastern spirituality and Western psychology
– they show that both these pathways explore the same ground.
You do not need to synthesize that which is already a unity.

Gabor Maté

Inspiring Text

art: Margarita Sikorskaia

It’s all about understanding. About her and me, how the feminine and the masculine mostly work, underlying patterns, blind spots, triggers, preferences, allergies, needs, and unhealed inner woundings.

Without this understanding, relationships are generally doomed to wither. Although you might feel you are each other’s soulmates or even know you have met in former lives, without acknowledging your physical body, pounding heart, needs, human pain, and past, you will end up in unprecedented shit storms.

A relationship consists of three entities: person A, person B, and the relationship itself. It’s imperative to know what the needs of every entity are and to check if all these needs are being met regularly. Is the relationship bank account still filled, or is it steaming toward bankruptcy? Is your account still filled? And how about the one of your partner?

While initial love might feel like it “just happened” over time, both partners can start feeling disconnected if they don’t take steps to fuel the love. All too often, we mistakenly think that love will last on its own and that it will carry us as a couple.

But really, it’s through continually working for connection that we deliberately carry ourselves through.

Long-term love means taking action to connect.

~Bas Waijers Baumann

Inspiring Music

Florian Lohoff Band

Humor (?)



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