Farmers and their families, along with everyone in the rural community, are invited to a series of live online ‘meet-ups’, all part of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) initiatives to support rural communities during the current public health crisis and onwards.

The free online talks and discussions include celebrity chef and expert on all things culinary, Rozanne Stevens together with nutritionist Sarah Keogh and personal life skills coach Jerry Kelly.

With the first in the 3-part series having taken place on Wednesday, May 13, the following is the schedule of meet-ups for May 20th and 27th.

Wednesday, May 20 – 10-11: Zero Waste Cooking – Zero Waste Meal Prep with Rozanne Stevens; 12-13.00” “Bouncebackability” – Building your Resilience with Jerry Kelly; 15.00-16.00 Eating for Immunity with Sarah Keogh.

Wednesday, May 27 – 10-11: Zero Waste Cooking – Zero Waste Preserving Methods for Food with Rozanne Stevens; 12-13.00: Managing your time outside of your comfort zone with Jerry Kelly; 15.00-16.00: Healthy Habits at Home with Sarah Keogh.

Tips & advice for everyday life

Provided by ICOS Skillnet, registration in advance is essential to ensure proper planning for the online meet-ups.

Billy Goodburn of ICOS Skillnet said, “These online talks will concentrate on sustainability in food preparation, nutritional advice and personal wellbeing, across a range of topics in an easy to enjoy format designed to offer tips and advice for everyday life and living as we also work to reopen our society and our economy.

“The current crisis has created considerable anxiety, stress and grief for very many people. As a co-operative organisation, rooted in the communities in which we operate, we want to provide a helping hand and to assure people that we are all in this together, while encouraging their ongoing resilience and wellbeing.”

ICOS represents over 130 co-operatives in Ireland – including the Irish dairy processing co-operatives and livestock marts

Register your interest online now through via, email or call 087 126 5542.