Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 33




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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 33

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

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 seeded lots of (surprise) phacelia! & now we see them growing beautifully around the farm. Closed tunnel 1 L&R, Open Tunnel 4 R&L, Open Tunnel 5 R, Open Tunnel 2 R, & Low Long Bed 1 at the Hei, & the Rye patch at Hei, are now thriving with our star cover crop for winter.

We harvested phacelia seed in open tunnel 4.

We had the visit of our friend Tony who gave us some nice tomato seeds to seed next year. Thanks Tony!

Pieter, another good friend of ours, came by & gave us some winter leek to plant. Thanks, brother!

We harvest (surprise!) for the shop for the shop everyday. We had many melons this week – three weeks of rain then 2 weeks of intense heat made these guys ripen in no time.

We weeded open tunnel 4 around the tomatoes & beans.

We weeded open tunnel 5.

We had the visit of Jojo’s extended family, a group of beautiful & generous people who helped raise him into the man he has become, now able to enjoy the fruits of his labor as walking around the farm around & picking fruits & veggies remind them of their younger days fruit tree picking & enjoying natural foods. Thanks for taking good care of the next generation, guys (we need it!). This way, we can all leave this place a better than we found it.. not bad, I’d say!

We scratched between the carrots & spinach at Hei.

We harvested lots of beans.

We harvested red beet at the Hei & scratched it afterwards.

We notice birds eating the corn at the Hei. It is still within reasonable sharing quantities, but it does make us wonder, what are making these guys so hungry ? My best guess is that sweet corn has become so much sweet than the natural seeds & grains that grow around the birds native habitat & of course they naturally tend towards it! I’m guessing also it doesn’t help that we have such an abundance of crows in Belgium that the birds of prey have trouble regulating pigeons & their increasing populations… Let us know your thoughts!

We harvested roodloof seed & cleared open tunnel 2 R for greenery seeding the next few weeks.

We were blessed this week with everybody’s cooking, & martine’s remarkable cake! Thanks cuistos of Plukrijp!

A few words from our friend Niels

Emotional Literacy

Anger, frustration, irritation, withdrawing, anxiety and fear. These symptoms are the tip of an iceberg of emotions too vulnerable to experience or express. Below anger sits sadness, pain or shame.

When we grow up with the notion that anger is unacceptable, we turn it inward. But this does not mean the source of anger lies outside of oneself. The trigger may be from the environment but the source of the primary emotion of sadness or pain lies inside, as a need that is not being met, an old wound that’s touched in the present.

As tense as anger seems, violence is superficial and the most counter-productive strategy for getting the underlying need met. I’ve tried getting my needs met by yelling, bullying, punching, throwing items at walls, throwing items through walls, throwing items through walls while yelling but never with interpersonal success.

I, like many people have fallen into habits and games that are attempts to self-regulate. For some this is fantasy about the future, for others it may be micro-managing and making micro-requests of others to get a temporary power boost. For me it’s been a lot of withdrawing and ignoring people, not to mention years of intellectual bypasses I’ve built and am still trying to deconstruct. All these things tend to weird people out at best, and mostly just push them away.

If most people can’t even get along with their families, we expect it to be better when hippies get together and form an intentional community, right? WROOONG! Shaming humans for emotions other than unconditional love interferes with our social feedback mechanisms, sorry hippies.

My thesis is that intentional community can be enjoyable and even useful to the rest of the society if they develop interpersonal structures that relieve and educate the audience. There are two parts.

One is emotional and needs literacy. This means educating one another in what judgements, feeling and universal human needs are. There are lists, you can google those and become familiar with those. It is probably the single highest leveraging 45 minutes of education you can buy. It can benefit your bloodline for generations to come.

The second is relaxed playful settings where people can practice, overseen by at least one person who can remain neutral. The practice is at making observations, noticing judgements, tracing feelings to the needs at the source and finally making requests. The end game of these two steps is that people can leverage their anger (a useful indicator) to make clear and successful requests. You don’t have to ever be vulnerable with anyone but yourself if you choose so, just a clear request that can be shot down two or three times before you found a taker.

I’m thinking circles, man circles, women circles, mentoring, counseling, mealtime brainstorming, whatever you choose.

It is ok to be angry, it is ok to withdraw, it’s ok to walk around with unmet needs for a long time. You are ok, however you are right now. At the same time it is the birthright of every human to experience at least some years of peace in the company of others. To have weeks on end where our intelligence is uninterrupted by ruminating thoughts that make us seem distant, chaotic and dumb.

This is because territory is not zero sum. When people truly meet, they transcend the sum of who they are as individuals. The more perspectives there are, the better the garden comes into focus.

Out beyond, in that garden, ill meet you there ;)

Inspiring Video

Where did music come from? | Overtones and the Origin of Melody and Harmony

Here is a video from a plukrijp volunteer from years back. Let’s see what he’s up to & support him if we can!

Super interesting take on music, fascinated me as a I watched it, learned alot from this guy!


Inspiring Book

Frank Herbert


Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known–and feared–as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne–and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…

Analysis of Dune from sparknotes:

Ultimately, the novel explores the consequences of power and the struggle between duty and destiny. Herbert’s use of political intrigue, ecology, and religion creates a rich and immersive world that feels both familiar and alien. Through Paul’s journey, the novel argues that even the most well-intentioned individuals can become corrupted by power and that the pursuit of power has consequences.

Inspiring Music

Lagu Barat Glass Animals – ZABA (2014) Full Album

Review from allmusic:

On their full-length debut, Glass Animals recall more than a few of their contemporaries: Foals, Alt-J, and especially Wild Beasts spring to mind as touchstones for the band’s lush yet challenging mix of indie and electronic sounds.

However, Zaba also shows what David Bayley and company bring to this style. Bayley, who produced the album, lavishes these songs with sonic details that are almost hallucinatory.

All of Zaba is coated in dripping reverb that gives it a slippery feel that matches the effortless way Glass Animals slide between electric and electronic instrumentation.

An equally strange and sexy debut, Zaba’s most audacious moments suggest Glass Animals will be an even more compelling act next time around.



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