Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 22

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 22

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:

We roll-hacked between the corn & pumpkins at the Hei.

We seeded low beans in the last patch of the big field at Hei between the pumpkins & rye.

We hilled the potatoes in open tunnel 5 & open tunnel 1.

We shuffled between the carrots & beetroot in open tunnel 2

We harvested the last of the spinach from open tunnel 3 & then shuffled it all to give space & light to the young growing courgettes.

We harvested the corn salad for seed from open tunnel 1 (right side) by bringing along a plastic tarp & shaking the corn salad plants onto it, then throwing the green material on the left side of the tunnel in between the recently hilled potatoes. (Two birds – one stone!)

We pruned & tied up the melons in tunnel 3.

We weeded all the centers of the closed tunnels.

We used the hydra (Tom’s favorite copper tool) between the peppers & aubergines on the sides of the closed tunnels.

We water the tunnels & plants at regular intervals. (Where’s the rain, guys?)

We cut back the willow branches on the side of closed tunnel 1, giving much more light.

We weeded the nettles around the chicken tunnel.

We upgraded the duckling home & pool to accommodate the growing chicks.

We cleaned up the greenhouse to prepare for a new seeding of the summer greenery harvest.

We scratched between the tomatoes & low beans in tunnel 4.

We set up the shop in the street to offer people an invitation to come inside & also to give them a taste of home grown veggies (yumm! & Thanks Bram for such a beautiful shop!)

We received toys from Noël and Marie-Thérèse that their grandchildren had outgrown. To the delight of Martine’s grandchildren! Thank you very much for this gift!


SAVE THE DATE : Saturday June 10th

Beyond yoga: Wúo Taï

On Saturday June 10th Bram & Maud will give a Wúo Taï workshop at Plukrijp from 10.30 till (maximum)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.

Bram giving a Wùo Taï demo at the Sunday market in Heist-op-den Berg

with Jojo playing the hang drum

Inspiring Video

The Man Who Planted Trees

Inspiring Books

Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book “is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture.”

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature’s own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you’re a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here—you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.

Martine was invited to a conference given by Mattias Desmet on his latest book ‘The Psychology of Totalitarianism’. The room was full of people who want to move forward differently. Below is a very succinct summary of Mattias’ message of hope:

The Facebook page of Goedele Vercnocke stated the following:

“a nice summary of the lecture by Mattias Desmet”


Wiekevorst Wednesday evening May 24.. a full room and a moved audience when Mattias Desmet us answered Suzie’s question: “How do we get out of the situation we’re in touched?”

In one word: WAW! Grateful for this lecture in which Mattias shows us in its purity and in one honest way said:

* always follow ethical principles (cfr. Victor Frankl and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who through meaning in became a better person – and healthier – during their most difficult time)

* make sure you practice ‘speaking truthfully’ : that means: always ask yourself if what you say is TRUE ! (cf. Mahatma Gandhi)

* when we don’t speak truthfully (so speak with an ego mask) then we lose it contact with our soul !

* when truthful speaking becomes the guiding principle, then mass formation will decrease (de group that goes along with the narrative)

* people with too thick a cloak of ego can NOT RADIATE their authentic power … and burden society

* the fleece of appearances keeps people in isolation (that feeds the control society)

* ‘being awake’ does not mean you know the real truth, but that you dare to look at your own darkness and transform!

* so instead of persuading or fighting others may we work on our own shadow sides

Conclusion: The more we peel off our ego protection and If you start connecting more with each other, a society will emerge where totalitarianism no longer has a chance.

Thanks to all who made this possible!


La Medusa (serie Rose Meer), 2019
Charlotte Lapalus fotografie



Transformative moments are very rare,
or they seem so due to our inattention.
It takes so many processes to coincide
just so for us to arrive at a transformative moment
(if we’rewatching).
But maybe this is wrong, and they happen constantly,
although we are absent.

G. Gurdjieff

Inspiring Text (Dutch)

BRICS-landen willen wereldhandel de-dollariseren


Good article, interesting subject.

I think a multipolar world is a good step forward.

The more poles, the less the chance for corruption.

But maybe more chance for violence?

Before the unipolar world, there was a lot of war and fighting to “settle debts” and steal gold, etc.

Moreover, the US government has a bit of oversight over the Federal Reserve, a private bank that controls the supply of Dollars.

The US army enforced the oceans, allowing for cheap trade, but meaning that whoever didn’t use dollars got busted.

But the West also has some standards about human rights, equality, social contract, constitution, rule of law.

Im not excited about the Federal Reserve or the US government controlling it all.

But im also not excited or trusting of the Russian government or the Chinese government.

What if there was a currency that could not be controlled, stolen, centralized by people and governments, and their corrupt ways?

What would a good currency do? What if we were able to monetize love and the intrinsic value of nature?

I think Bitcoin could mean something for a global civilization there

but I also get sick of all this high tech stuff

all this specialization that comes with complex civilization etc.

great if we can colonize other planets and thereby save life from an asteroid impact or something…

Even better currency is, knowledge and awareness of the 8 forms of capital and ecology

That things don’t have to be bought, sold, calculated so much at all

because we understand that life has intrinsic value and intrinsic limits to growth

that cultural awareness

I call permaculture

awareness of what is permanent

a culture that recognizes the relationships in biology that make life possible, fun, beautiful, transcendent



Inspiring Music

Georges I. Gurdjieff – Hymns From a Great Temple

Music acts directly on the emotional center
in order to effect the harmonious reconciliation of the three centers.

G. Gurdjieff

Never ever throw anything away = Farmers motto!



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