Each year, the county is given the opportunity to recognize a member, who has shown outstanding service and commitment to strengthening and growing Farm Bureau within their county, with the OFBF Member of Distinction award.
It is with honor that Geauga County Farm Bureau presents this year’s recipient, Craig Sirna!
A retired police officer of 34 years, and first-generation farmer, Craig and his family entered farming in 1997. The Sirna’s purchased their property in Auburn Township at a premium price, just to keep the original farmland from being developed. The fertile, over-grown land was slowly restored to its original agricultural potential. Anne’s garden quickly became too large for their own needs and their three children started selling produce in a pop-up tent. From there they built the market and expanded to a vegetable production farm, including hydroponics, greenhouses, several hoop-houses, maple syrup production, soybeans and laying hens.
The family also owns and operates Sirna’s Pizzeria in Auburn Township and is currently building a new farm-to-fork restaurant to be opened at the end of the year!
Craig’s passion has been in building the community around him. He devotes time to many causes including Women Safe, Destination Geauga, Homegrown Geauga, supports many local schools, sports, clubs, Jr. Fair, 4-H and of course Farm Bureau.
Craig has dedicated his time to Farm Bureau by serving as a board trustee, Communication Action Team leader, membership coordinator and fair chairman. He is always willing to talk to local schools, clubs and organizations about agriculture and the value of being a Farm Bureau member. Craig is a friend to everyone and sacrifices his time to lend others a helping hand.
Geauga County Farm Bureau would like to “Thank” Craig for his continued commitment and support and “Congratulate” him with this prestigious recognition.