Here's a little bit about us:
Purchasing our home and farm property in 1997 from a developer, our intentions were to keep the property as it had been for the past century. Farmland. It had not been worked in years and we just wanted to enjoy it. With the help of the OSU extension, attending classes and participating in the Master Garden program we started what was to be our Hobby farm.
This is the beginning:
We bought a few Black Angus Steer, purchased some chickens, planted the field with hay, pasture grass and of course a garden. Our 3 children joined the 4-H program in our county. They started with raising rabbits. Then turkeys, chickens, and show steers. This was a whole new ball game for everyone... We lived in the city. We had a beautiful home, lots of acreage, loved the outdoors and always had a nice garden. We were close to everything. Around the corner back home meant 5 minutes, around the corner here, could mean half an hour. It was a change... Ask the kids...
We were on our way. We were learning hands-on each day and it was rewarding. What an adventure! By the following year we were planting sweet corn, pumpkins, gourds and our vegetable garden had grown in size. We put up a roadside stand because of our abundant crop and started selling our farm fresh produce. This was working out great and the hobby farm was starting to turn into much more.... Work !!!
We became more involved with farming each day and every year we were expanding, trying something new, either new products, varieties or techniques, and we were totally consumed. Our winter free time is spent on anything related to the farm, reading, attending classes, seminars, etc...
We have built a market that is open seasonally. We recently installed two hydroponic greenhouses which are really cool. One has strawberries in it and the other large heated greenhouse provides us with produce and greens. This was a real challenge from the conventional way of growing but, what fun!! See hydroponics.
This year we are in the middle of adding 4 high tunnel greenhouses. The weather has not cooperated with us, so they are not completed. We are hoping that this will give us an earlier and extending growing period for some of our crops. Ohio weather has not been so kind and hopefully we will be able to control the rain and warmth a little bit better, being under plastic.
We now have about 15 head Pure Black Angus cattle. Our cattle are free range, pasture grazed and bred by us. I like having something different in the back pasture, so last year we raised a Texas Longhorn. This year we have Regina - a Buffalo. What a learning experience this has been. My youngest is still in 4-H, showing steers. She has a couple more years to go and it keeps her busy. Chickens, well lets just say, gathering 5-7 dozen brown eggs a day is plenty of yolk for me.
Check out a recent article about the farm in Our Ohio.
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Without the help of my wife and children none of these things would have been possible. We have grown, not only in size, but in many ways. We have learned a lot along this path and we have a greater respect for the farmer, the land and what they do for all of us.p.s. If you ate a good meal today, thank a farmer !!!
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- LINK Something to think about! Have you had our premium, grass fed, Black Angus - ground beef yet?
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if great ground beef is over $5/lb can someone explain to me what the hell they are using for .99 burgers?…I'm truly frightened 01/25/2015
- LINK This is amazing! I love living in small town Ohio for this very reason..... COMMUNITY. So, thank you to the local businesses, friends and customers who are supporting us. For those who've inquired, the best help you can be is to let NUFM that you'd like to see us at the farmers market and request an expedited audit so that we can begin participating. It's a shame that we have to ask to be treated equally as others, but all we want is a fair opportunity to provide our quality, wholesome and local products. Thanks for #supportsirna .....our customers and friends make the struggles of farming worrth it. So thank you kindly and please continue to spread the word!
In this town, we like to think of ourselves as somewhat culinary ambassadors. We are upset to hear of the recent hold North Union Farmers Market has placed on Sirna's farm & market from participating in the markets which they have been a part of for years! They passed their audit in 2014 with flying colors while others have not been through any audit. Anyone that knows the Sirna family is aware that they are the first to step up to charity, support our young ppl, and donate product. Craig Sirna is a mentor to many young culinary professionals. This act could be detrimental to the farm! We don't have many farms left in our community! Please, don't just support local- stand up for local! Please spread the word!!!! #supportsirna 01/10/2015
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Unfortunately at this time we are not allowed to attend the North Union Shaker Indoor Market, which we have attended and supported for years supplying quality products. We were advised that we need to wait until we are inspected to see if we raise our beef. We were inspected by a North Union Crocker Park Farmers Market Manager in 2014, where they visited our farm and were shown our herd of cattle, amung seeing our other farming practices. Based on the results of our inspection we were allowed to continue selling our high quality products and did so at multiple NU Farmers Markets throughout the 2014 season.
We were told that we are on the top of the list for an audit (again), but are not allowed to attend until that has been completed, even though other producers are currently attending the market despite them not having been "re"-audited.
We feel that we have been singled out for unknown reasons that have caused harm (both personally and financially) to our family, our farm, and our stewardship of the earth, preventing us from providing healthy, quality products to our customers and their families, many of whom have become our good friends.
If you were looking forward to shopping at Sirna’s during the Shaker Indoor Market, hang in there while we try to resolve this issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can learn more about farm during the off-season through our website, sirnasfarm.com, or by speaking with one of the many boy scout troops, senior citizen groups, culinary schools, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association organizers & participants, or local reporters that have come and toured our property and seen firsthand our agricultural practices.
Thank You for Your Continued Support,
The Sirna Family