Plukrijp Newsletter – 2021 week 39

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2021 – week 39

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” :
If you want to volunteer at Plukrijp,
feel free to send your request to

This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

We planted many many young salad plants in the closed tunnels and tunnel 5. They will be providing us with fresh greens during winter, up til April.


We made many pots with strawberries, harvested from the vegetatively reproducing strawberries in the closed tunnels. We mixed compost, peet soil, clay and pigeon-shit-tea to provide the young strawberries with nutrient-rich and moisture-holding soil. Hopefully our efforts will bring an abundant harvest of strawberries next year.


We weeded and scratched the central field at Hei and we thinned out the thickly seeded turnips.

We did some clean-up and sorting in the Plukrijp-database.

Martine made different syrups to keep us healthy this winter: thyme syrup, ginger syrup, rosehip syrup, elderberry syrup enriched with thyme, rosemary and sage.


We harvested (among others) the first round of beautiful pumpkins, leek, carrots, parsnips, sweet corn and endives at Hei. We harvested also paprika, green celery, tomatoes and cucumbers in the closed tunnels; beautiful spinach in tunnel 5. It is abundance in shapes, colors, flavors and vitamins!

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

Wake up!

Make sure you certainly view this video!

Enthusiasm, this fertilizer that makes childhood bloom

André Stern | TEDxDijon

Born in 1971, son of researcher and educator Arno Stern, he grew up outside of schooling, an experience he recounts in … and I have never been to school (éd. Actes Sud, 2011)


André Stern is a musician, composer, luthier, lecturer, journalist and author. He was appointed director of the Men for Tomorrow initiative by Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther, researcher in advanced neurobiology.

He is the initiator of the Ecology of Education and Ecology of Children movements, and he directs the Arno Stern Institute. He is featured in Alphabet, the new film by Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer, and co-wrote the eponymous book.


His work in the media, his activities as a speaker for educational professionals and the general public respond to a growing interest on the part of all those who, near or far, live and work with children.

Michèle and Arno Stern: A life of evidence

André Stern – 6strings guitar goes 10strings

Documentary Headwind »21

Former London banker Alexander Pohl worked for years for one of the world’s greenest banks. Idealistically driven he financed big wind and solar farms genuinely convinced he was making the world a better place.


Gradually he woke up to the fact that today’s green is a broken system. He gave up banking and emigrated with his family to his little forest paradise in remote, northern Sweden. The dream was to get back to Nature, start an eco-farm and put as much distance as he could between his family and the industrialization of nature.


Until….. A wind park was planned at the gates of his paradise garden.

Documentarian Poels and Alexander Pohl are taking the journey together…. to ask questions and unravel the green wonderland to its true core …

Himalaya, Land of Women

At an altitude of nearly 4,000 meters, Sking is one of the most isolated villages in the Himalayan region of Zanskar. In just three months, from August to October, the Zanskaris have to harvest and store all their food for the coming year. All the women-young and old alike-work nonstop, from dawn to dusk, and worry about the arrival of winter.


Filmed from the point of view of a subjective camera by a young female ethnologist, « Himalaya, Land of Women » offers a sensitive and poetic immersion in the life of four generations of women during harvesting season. We share their rare intimacy and gradually grow attached to them.

Becoming woman in Zanskar

Living in the heart of the Himalaya, Tenzin and Palkit have a strong friendship. But that relationship will be shattered by destiny. They both have to leave their village and family forever. Tenzin has to marry the man chosen by her parents, and Palkit wants to avoid marriage and to become a nun.

Two adolescents in the Himalayas: one kidnapped by her future husband, the other head shaved as she enters the covent forever.

The Freedom of Being Nobody – Ram Dass

Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, a prominent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.” Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since. Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping to free them from their bonds as he works through his own.

Since 1968, Ram Dass has pursued a panoramic array of spiritual methods and practices from potent ancient wisdom traditions, including bhakti or devotional yoga focused on the Hindu deity Hanuman; Buddhist meditation in the Theravadin, Mahayana Tibetan, and Zen Buddhist schools, and Sufi and Jewish mystical studies. Perhaps most significantly, his practice of karma yoga or spiritual service has opened up millions of other souls to their deep, yet individuated spiritual practice and path. Ram Dass continues to uphold the boddhisatva ideal for others through his compassionate sharing of true knowledge and vision. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence on many people from all over the planet.

Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues
– A Musical Journey


Inspiring Links

Beautiful initiative !


40 days without a supermarket (September 22 – October 31),

a citizens’ initiative to look for local initiatives for the supermarket for 40 days.

Rediscover your local traders

A citizens’ initiative to get to know the local traders in your area.


One of the most impactful actions you can do is buy and consume locally.

Supermarkets excel in their efficiency, but the farm shop, smaller shops,

markets, food teams and health food store excel in their local character and love for it

product. (Re-)discover the quality & craftsmanship around the corner and let your euro speak on the place that really matters to you.


40 days without a supermarket, that’s:

(re-)discover your neighborhood

Investing in the local economy

One or more step(s) closer in the chain to the product

A noticeable positive impact on your personal footprint


And honest? That’s not simple. And we know that. A busy family life, on vacation,

irregular hours or just an ingrained behavior pattern? We discover together

with you how we can make shopping here feasible. And share our findings for 40

for days. Smart tips & tricks, shopkeepers with a charming story or your experience




Marieke, Marie, Sien and Jiri

Inspiring Book

What makes a family happy? Why do some marriages ‘succeed’ and others end in divorce? How can we free ourselves from the legacy of past mistakes and bring about positive change? Love, sex and marriage and parenthood, depression and sadness, independence and experience are just a few of the many issues explored in conversation by family therapist Robin Skynner and his former patient and comedian, John Cleese.

Guiding us through the daily issues that confront us all, FAMILIES AND HOW TO SURVIVE THEM offers vital advice in helping each of us to maintain a happy, healthy family life. Looking candidly at everything from our relationships with our parents to why and how we choose our partners, no emotional stone is left unturned: jealousy, rage, fear, envy, love, obsession, hope and despair – all are featured-with practical advice on how to turn round a negative situation and bring about change for the better.


The power of sensitivity, by Yann Thibaud

Sensitivity is wrongly associated with fragility and vulnerability. Almost everywhere, it is about being in conformity with ideologies, dogmas, beliefs. When you are sensitive, you do not conform because you are connected to yourself. You are free. You are ethical. You are moral. You don’t do just anything. You behave wisely and correctly.

Sensitivity is the heart of intelligence and the heart of wisdom. When we are sensitive, we are intelligent because we take the time to think. People who hesitate, who take the time to think before speaking, don’t talk nonsense. Sensitivity is what allows you to escape strict reasoning to bring depth, transcendence, accuracy, intuition. So, sensitivity is what makes you wise.


There is a difference between sensitivity and sentimentality. Some people are hyper sensitive. In reality, they are afraid of their emotions and cut themselves off from them. As they cut themselves off from their emotions and nature abhors a vacuum, they capture the emotions of others and suddenly, they are no longer themselves. On the contrary, if we connect to our emotion, our emotion heals. This is the process of emotional transmutation. If we accept our pain, it transmutes into intelligence. If we accept our anger, it transmutes into power. If we accept and experience the transmutation of our fear, it transmutes into love, feelings, empathy. The transmutation of emotion transforms sensitivity into wisdom, power, awareness, joy, happiness, love, feelings.


Many make the mistake of trying to force their sensitivity. A follower of positive thinking believes that one must be constantly in love, non-judgment, non-mind, non-ego, etc. He’s going to force love, he’s going to force joy and in fact, he’s going to crush his true sensitivity since he’s going to play a character. The spiritual followers of positive thinking cut themselves off from their true sensitivity since they only accept half of the heart, they only accept the positive heart. They refuse fear, sadness and anger.


There are therefore two types of negation of sensitivity. There is the bully, the dominant and then the falsely positive person who denies his true sensitivity.


Sensitivity is the key to real change because it gives access to our inner being. By opening up to our sensitivity, we discover emotions that are sometimes painful, but they are transmuted and they allow true serenity, true sensitivity without forcing, without cheating. It also gives access to our intuition. If we open up to sensitivity, we have access to our inner voice. It is the little voice that tells us what to do, what to say, how to act and which allows us to make appropriate choices. It guides us towards our mission of life.

Sensitivity helps build truly deep and respectful relationships. Courteous and thorough. It allows us to truly communicate. Having access to our sensitivity allows us to create our reality because we feel what we are creating. We can feel what is happening within us. Sensitivity makes it possible to use this divine power, this extremely powerful power which is the creation of reality that we have.


Sensitivity leads to awakening. We often experience awakening moments without realizing it. A sensitive person pays attention to it, is really present. This allows him to make the right choices and to behave genuinely wisely. Sensitivity is the key to changing yourself. It gives access to another world, to another human behavior.

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Inspiring Text


Written by Frank


Bio-industry meat by numbers

Chickens anyone ?

A natural chicken lays 2 times a year some eggs, ….

A “modern” chicken lays 300 eggs a year

How come ? over-feeding&feed additives&overcrowding (life threatened!)


A chicken becomes adult at 18 weeks

Organic industry chickens are “harvested” at 11.5 weeks

chickens” from the meat industry are “harvested” at 7 weeks

Why ?

Because their legs cannot carry the breast meat, or because they get heart failure

How come ?

20% of the weight is in their breast (filet?) so they have difficulty walking or staying upright

life expectancy of “Plukrijp” chickens: up to 15 years

How many kgs of feed do they need to make 1 kg of meat ? 3.6kg


Milk anyone ?

Median production/year of a Holland cow in 1950: 3500 liter

Median production/year of a Holland cow in 2000: 6500 liter

How come ?

How much water ?

Life expectancy of a “normal” cow: 20 years

Life expectancy of a “modern” cow: 4.5 years

Life expectancy of a “modern” cow in nature: maximum 1 day

How many kgs of feed do they need to make 1 kg of meat ? 7.7 kg
Milk ?
No numbers yet


Pig meat anyone ?

Maximum life expectancy in “modern” situation: 25 weeks

Losing their curly tails, carrying the “hospital bacterium” MRSA = a life danger for humans

How many kgs of feed do they need to make 1 kg of meat ? 6.3kg


What is in their feed ? 250 ingredients including chemical coloring, antibiotics & preservatives

Where does most of the food come from ? Amazon ex-forest & industrial “silo” corn tasting like sauerkraut & all kinds of “offal”


How many humans could we feed with the cereals we waste on modern “meat/milk” ?

7 times more than there are meat industry animals

7.2 billion meat-animals per year times 7 = there is NOW food on earth for nearly 50 billion humans if they stop eating industrial meat

% of “wild” animals alive today that are NOT for our meat consumption: 4%

Number of fishes/sea creatures killed per year: 1.2 trillion


There might be some reason for the vegetarian & vegan movement ?

What do humans turn this excess energy from too much protein into ?

VIOLENCE in all its ugly forms


Inspiring Music

Jeffrey Lewis – Time Trades


Time is gonna take so much away

But there’s a way that time can offer you a trade

Time is gonna take so much away

But there’s a way that time can offer you a trade

You gotta do something that you can get nicer at

You gotta do something that you can get wiser at

You better do something that you can get better at

Cause that’s the only thing that time will leave you with

Cause time is gonna take so much away

But there’s a way that time can offer you a trade

It might be cabaret

It could be poetry

It might be trying to make a new happy family

It could be violin repair or chemistry

But if it’s something that takes lots of time that’s good

Cause time is gonna take so much away

But there’s a way that time can offer you a trade

Because your looks are gonna leave you

And your city’s gonna change too

And your shoes are gonna wear through

Yeah, time is gonna take so much away

But there’s a way that you can offer time a trade

You gotta do something that you can get smarter at

You gotta do something you might just be a starter at

You better do something that you can get better at

Cause that’s the thing that time will leave you with


And maybe that’s why they call a trade a trade

Like when they say that you should go and learn a trade

The thing you do don’t have to be to learn a trade

Just get something back from time for all it takes away

It could be many things

It could be anything

It could be expertise in Middle-Eastern travelling

Something to slowly sew to balance life’s unravelling

You have no choice you have to pay times price

But you can use the price to buy you something nice

Something you can only buy with lots of time

So when you’re old you’ll blow some whippersnappers mind

It might be researching a book that takes you seven years

A book that helps to make the path we take to freedom clear

And when you’re done you see it started with a good idea

One good idea could cost you thousands of your days

But it’s just time that you’d be spending anyway

You have no choice, you have to pay times price

But you can use the price to buy you something nice

So I’ve decided recently

To try to trade more decently

C’est la vie – Mapumba (Live music video with Lyrics)

Humor (?)

Saying YES! to your Weirdness | JP Sears

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