From the Tree to the Bottle

Now, at the end of summer, the green leaves of the trees give way to a colourful mix of yellows and oranges. Autumn begins and the apple trees have plenty of ripe fruit. It is harvest time on our orchards at Seehaus on the “Größe Lankesee” (Great Lake). But what happens after the harvest? How do natural apples from the orchard become freshly pressed apple juice? In the DKB FOUNDATION’s experience-oriented hands-on campaign “From the Tree to the Bottle”, Year Four students from the Libertas School in the district of Löwenberg were able to find out exactly how this is done. In addition to the teaching of related knowledge around the topic of traditional organic fruit cultivation, along with the processing and juice extraction using the apple as an example, questions were also asked about the manual work involved during grandparents’ times. The children were able to try all the steps of juicing themselves. From collecting and picking the apples, to crushing and pressing, and then finally tasting the freshly squeezed juice.  Jana Setzkor, Schloss & Gut Liebenberg’s gardener gave the children an insight into all the work a fruit farmer has to do with the apple tree over the course of a year and how the apple reaches maturity from flowering. The volunteer Rainer Gödde from the fruit-growing estate in Eden had also brought his juicer along to show the children how it works. The apples were fed into the grinder, which the pupils took turns operating by hand. It was pretty exhausting work, as they quickly realized. The crushed apples were then poured into a press, which also had to be operated with muscle power. And then, finally, the first fresh apple juice started to drip out. At last, the children were allowed to hold their cups under the spout to taste the freshly harvested juice. This DKB STIFTUNG educational program perfectly complements the elementary school instruction the children receive. Practical handling of food is the focus and the children learn to perceive food with all of their senses, while consciously enjoying it. This opens up individual horizons of understanding and creation for children, provides positive impulses for everyday nutrition, and creates cognitive, social and fine-motor learning opportunities in handling food. Are you interested in participating in similar projects, or do you have your own ideas? Please, send us an e-mail to





Digital technologies have entered many areas of life and the associated radical changes do not stop at the preservation and maintenance of cultural heritage, one of our core tasks at the DKB FOUNDATION. The 13th-century Feldstein Church is Liebenberg's oldest building and was probably one of the first permanent buildings in the settlement. The stones found in the cultivation of the surrounding landscape served as building material. Its neo-gothic tower, which the landlord Philipp Graf zu Eulenburg rebuilt following a fire at the end of the 19th century, still dominates the castle courtyard today. In 1894, the Berlin clockmaker Richter built a tower clock with two bells.  During the course of the abandonment of the building in 1985, the smaller of these bells was sold, along with the organ, the altar and its painting, the pulpit, the stalls and other movable inventory to different parishes, and is now located in a church in Neuholland. Larger-scale renovation measures for the preservation of the listed church building were only taken in 1992/1993 and the first restoration of the tower clock according to old plans took place in 1993. Now, 25 years after the original restoration, the clock is being made sustainable for long-term use with its conversion to an electronic system. The maintenance of a tower clock, such as at the Liebenberg Church, is complex and difficult. Careful attention is especially required in the maintenance of the striking mechanisms and their cables as these can become overstretched and break. In order to significantly reduce the cost of the operation and maintenance without changing the historical mechanism, from July 2018, in cooperation with the community of Falkental, the tower clock and striking mechanism will be converted to an electronic system and the clock controlled by a radio receiver.   Measures taken: The clock and the striking mechanism will be equipped with an electric motor and an electronic control. The striking mechanism will then strike every half hour and on the hour. The bell will also receive an electronic control and a linear drive, which will significantly reduce maintenance, mechanical vibrations, and building stress. These measures will take place between August and December 2018.
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Music is a personal experience that is celebrated in the community. We want to provide an open space for music in which everyone feels comfortable. We present concerts that appeal to connoisseurs and newcomers alike. This music is a sensual experience that is exciting, new and intense. For us, sound and landscape go hand in hand and both have inspired us to create this music festival. The concerts take place in a relaxed atmosphere, where everyone can come as they are. Exciting performance concepts make the music come alive to all the senses - up close and memorable. For all who attend discoveries and personal experiences await. Music from the Early Baroque through to the Romantic era and into the modern age will be played, with a variety of instruments from the harpsichord to the piano, from the viola to the violin. Different listening situations make up an important part of the Liebenberg music festival. At the promenade concert you can move freely around and lie down on the lawn of the ‘sound island’. The performances in the music barn and the church are seated concerts which offer their own special atmospheres. An event of the DKB FOUNDATION and PODIUM Esslingen.
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In their transition from school to work, many young people ask themselves the question: should I go or stay? And, sometimes this question never even arises: there are no secondary schools nearby, public transport is being reduced, infrastructure dismantled, and leisure facilities are scarce. Many young people are turning their backs on their roots and moving to cities in order to seek education, training and work. The elders stay behind. Our project "Hidden Places" trains awareness in young people living in rural areas, and empowers them to take an imaginative look at art and culture in their everyday lives against the background of demographic change. Using social documentary photography, girls and boys aged 16-17 learn to engage with their own perceptions, and using impressions from their immediate environment via the means of landscape photography, develop a vision for the design of rural areas. The project "Hidden Places" is supported by the art photographer Kathrin Karras from Grüneberg, a town close to the foundation’s headquarters. "Open your eyes!", the project instructs young people in search of places where they can express their problems, longings and fears in the form of photographs. Guided by intuition, curiosity and empathy, they seek out places with which they connect. Places that characterize surrounding landscapes and spaces. They use photography as a means of stocktaking and description, discuss the resulting shots in groups and as individuals, and make image selections. In addition to the theoretical basics such as image composition, image design and dealing with digital cameras, the project also teaches social skills, such as critical ability and self-reflection. Hand in Hand - together with teams of craftsmen at Schloss & Gut Liebenberg, the youngsters transform their most meaningful photos into small works of art. They also get the chance to build their own lightboxes, which are then used to exhibit the best photos in Exin Secondary School in Zehdenick. The world of tomorrow is changeable. We want to put this idea across using artistic methods and techniques. To do this, we combine artistic methods with scientific disciplines. This awakens the curiosity of the young, strengthens their interconnected thinking, encourages their willingness to act, and develops their individual artistic expression.     HIDDEN PLACES WINS MIXED UP COMPETITION! We’re delighted to announce that in MIXED UP 2018 - the national competition for cultural education partnerships - our project Hidden Places won in the ‘Rural Areas’ category. We’re looking forward to the award ceremony in Kiel on 22 November. MIXED UP, the national competition for cultural education partnerships of the Federal Association for Cultural Education for Children and Young People, aims to promote cooperation between youth work, culture and education (schools and day-care centres), to highlight the potential of cooperation and to support children and adolescents using art and culture in their educational training, personality development, and skills acquisition. If you are interested in this project and would like to have it implemented at your school, please contact Ulrike Eichentopf at 033094-700 466, or send an e-mail to
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START Adventure Weeks Gnewikow

The START Foundation supports young people with migration backgrounds in their education with the aim of helping to lay the groundwork for social change. Located in Gnewikow, on the shores of Lake Ruppin, the START Foundation has found a place where scholarship holders can benefit from personal development through shared social and experience-oriented learning in new and creative environments that differ from the school system. In meeting different people from a variety of cultures, a special atmosphere was created that brought the participants into direct contact with each other and encouraged an exchange of ideas. Learning to face conflicts, sensitively perceiving the needs of others, and acting with foresight are important components of the experience.  Professional trainers and alumni of the START program accompanied the participants during the adventure week and were on hand for any needed help and advice. We, the DKB FOUNDATION see diversity as a valuable opportunity and therefore support the START Foundation in strengthening people's personal development and breaking down intercultural barriers.
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