Strategies to Nourish People & Planet
Our vision is to promote a fairer, more equitable food system which provides viable livelihoods for farmers and producers, and nourishes people, communities and planet. We provide project management, consultancy and facilitation services to a wide variety of clients and projects that promote this vision.
Policy & Advocacy
From consultations and workshop facilitation, to research, policy papers and reports, we work with community groups, NGOs, state bodies and the private sector on initiatives that promote good food for all, sustainable food systems and livelihoods..
Business & Strategy
Business and strategy development for producers/producer groups, festivals and events, and projects that support sustainable and artisan food production, food education, and food culture..
Agency Director Ruth Hegarty is an experienced facilitator, moderator, MC and speaker, as well as a commentator on food policy..
Voices around the TableIn 2018, with funding from Healthy Ireland, Ruth Hegarty with collaborator Jamie Gorman, facilitated a series of workshops with community groups around Galway city and county to explore people’s interactions with, and the impacts of, food in their daily lives. The workshops examined people’s perceptions and experiences of food and their own die…Learn More
Global Goals Business ConversationsManaged by Concern Worldwide and funded by Irish Aid, the Global Goals Business Conversations aim to engage Ireland’s business communities with the UN Sustainable Development goals and actions they can take or influence towards a more sustainable future locally, nationally and globally. Commenced in 2019, egg&chicken manages this project on …Learn More
Food on the EdgeAn international food symposium founded by chef JP McMahon taking place in Galway since 2015, Food on the Edge brings together chefs, food professionals, activists, journalists and more from all over the world to discuss the future of food in its broadest sense, as well as showcasing the food and farming of the West of Ireland and building a globa…Learn More
Chef NetworkA professional community, online and offline, for Ireland’s chefs founded in 2014. Working on behalf of IFSA, Agency director Ruth Hegarty led the conceptualisation and creation of the network for the beginning through facilitation and consultation with chefs. Egg & Chicken fully manage all aspects of Chef Network including organisational …Learn More
The Seed of Food System Resilience
Conversation with Jennifer McConnell, Irish Seed Savers The first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic here in Ireland coincided with Spring and a spectacular Spring at that. Suddenly people had a lot more time on their hands, and many turned their hand to growing their own food. There was suddenly an
Bringing GAA mindset to our food culture – Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith, St. Tola Cheese
Back in April, I started recording a zoom interviews about the impact of Covid -19 on Irish food*. The first was this one with Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith, producer of St. Tola Goat Cheese in Clare and a well known face in Irish artisan food. Sadly, we are back in a