My enthusiasm for Pluk! started from my interest in changing the way we currently grow, consume and use food as a society. CSA farms are a way to fundamentally change this system. What keeps me going to Pluk! every weekend is the beautiful space, and the grounding effect of putting my hands into the soil. And what really overwhelms me is the community that has grown around it, and the many inspiring people and conversations you encounter on each visit.
Pluk! beautifully connects what’s worth living for: nature, food, people.
Pluk! gives me the opportunity to reconnect with the seasons, to harvest fresh organic produce, and especially to enjoy a great community of healthy eating enthusiasts and warm people.
For me, plastic-packed organics won’t do. I want to know exactly where my fresh vegetables come from. And Pluk! even goes beyond that by opening your eyes to what it takes to get these crops on your table. How do they respond to the climate? How much space do they need to grow? Being part of Pluk is a happy engagement and an experience that I would recommend to anyone that wants a more meaningful and sensible lifestyle.
At the beginning of the year, the focus was mainly on “agriculture”: what are we going to plant and harvest? But along the way, the “community” aspect became just as important. It’s always a pleasure to come to Pluk!, not just to harvest but also for the “gezelligheid”. Good conversations each time with many good people who share the same passion. We can achieve our goals together under the motto “together we are better”.
I want to eat organic food, and preferably local, fresh and in season. We were able to take part in the whole process of Pluk! last year – from preparing the soil, to the growth of the plants, to the harvest – and it was inspiring and educational. In my view, this is nature intended it to be.
I loved being part of Pluk! last year. It was relaxing to take the time to bike past the meadows northwest of Osdorp and pick my own fresh, organic food, saving on plastic packaging and supporting this planet.
Elena and Fabio
We became part of Pluk! because we wanted to feel closer to nature and decrease our impact on this planet. Growing your own produce means you know exactly what you eat, and you learn how to adapt to and respect natural growing cycles. It has been a great experience, and we’re getting plenty of wonderful veggies that are worth much more than what we pay for. It’s fascinating to learn about how the crops grow, to discover new veggies, and last but not least to interact with lovely, welcoming, caring and like-minded people.
I volunteer at Pluk! because I enjoy the green and natural environment, in the sun and in the rain, digging with my hands in the soil, becoming exhausted while moving compost, seeing the vegetables grow, and finally harvesting. A perfect weekend activity after a week in the office just thinking about sustainable farming. I have enjoyed the “gezelligheid” with so many “leuke mensen” sitting on the worm compost bench, while eating fresh bread with butter and herbs just picked from the garden.
Pluk! Allows me to share the food of mother earth with other people. I love that the vegetables are completely organic, and this is why the also taste so good. It’s a lovely place to be – into the great wide open!
Pluk! is a small and close knit community that revolves around the love and need for healthy and sustainable food. The CSA model not only makes it possible to harvest your vegetables yourself, but also to meet those who produce your food every week. I have chosen to volunteer for this fantastic project so that I can work in the garden myself – so peaceful! – as well as actively participate in the community: gezellig!
I love being a member of Pluk! It’s amazing to be able to harvest my own vegetables even though I live in the city, and I love how different vegetables throughout the seasons lead to new recipes at home. It’s run by the best people, and I always look forward to spending time with the other harvesters and volunteers. Being part of Pluk makes me feel more connected to nature, to the food I eat, to the people around me, and to the city I live in!
I have been working as a volunteer at Pluk! since last summer. I am a student of applied biology and I want to help to keep the planet liveable. I believe that the Pluk! initiative contributes to this. But I also like the team and being outside (although I may change my mind when winter comes and it gets really cold…).
I have been involved with Pluk! since the start, as I believe in localizing the way we eat and consume. I also love to get my hands dirty in the fields and empty my mind in the beautiful environment of the Fruittuin. This project is the embodiment of how we can together create a sustainable, future-proof society on a healthy planet.
My contribution to sustainability: every second week, close to home, harvesting beautiful vegetables to make delicious food, and on top of that meeting nice people! Who wouldn’t want that?
I experienced a wonderful and valuable internship time at Pluk! for three months. Working in the Pluk! garden, which uses permaculture and natural farming approaches, reminds me of the poster hanging on my bedroom wall that says: “We are not defending nature – we are nature defending itself.
For me, ethically, sustainably, locally grown food is the cornerstone of a healthy environment and society. Pluk! is a beautiful project that embodies this. Each week, there is a new experience – however small but delightful –exploring how a crop grows, harvesting with someone new, or exchanging new culinary discoveries.
Every week another bag filled with fresh, unsprayed vegetables. Straight from the field onto your plate or into the pan. No other transport necessary than the trip by bike from field to home. No more processing then what you do with it in the kitchen. Amazing!