How to advise farmers on climate adaptation

The training was held by TRIEBWERK with a group of students of the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen. The interest for the module was high: ten students were admitted to the course but there were ​​some more students on the waiting list. However, a participant limit was set for the first external training to ensure everyone could actively participate and give feedback. Students in the end of their bachelor studies or in their master studies were admitted.

The course consisted of four online dates with complementary reading material, a homework task, and two days of training in presence in Witzenhausen on November 20-21 2023. The first 3 online dates included presentations and discussions, as well as interactive elements about climate adaptation and agriculture, and a first introduction to the ClimateFarming method. In the last online session, we invited an expert from the Climate Service Center Germany who held a presentation about climate models, climate information, and how they can be useful for climate adaptation in agriculture.

On the two in-person training days, the 5 steps of the ClimateFarming cycle, which are the heart of this project, were introduced to the students, alternatingly with exercises and discussion and student presentation formats. The first day also included a practical exercise at a nearby site where a spade analysis was carried out.
The students received 1 ECTS credit for the module through the University of Kassel.