Kaitlyn Sirna is a local face who graduated from Kenston High School. Throughout her childhood she participated in The Great Geauga County Fair as an active member of the 4-H Community and continues to support the fair. Upon graduating, she packed up and moved to Chicago where she attended school. It was not until she was in the city did she realize how much respect she had for her rural roots. She changed her reading lists to include Buddhist philosophy and writings about Nature from the Romanticism movement. Upon reading more, learning more, and continually walking on concrete, she decided to kick off her shoes and get involved with Urban Farmers Organization. Chicago offered a lot of green space and parks, which Kaitlyn took advantage of. She enjoyed reading under trees amidst the contemporary backdrop of Chicago, while obtaining her Bachelors of Arts from DePaul University in English Literature, in addition to a minor in Philosophy. Being in the city was a big change from the farm she grew up on in Auburn Township, but she learned to love the city for something different from her family farm. And more than that, she began to love the farm more because she lived in the city. She came home summers to work farmers’ markets and run her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Taking with her to Ohio knowledge from her classes at DePaul, she began to understand the importance of food justice and activism; and it is because of this that she is a stout supporter of all things ‘local’. She encourages friends and strangers to get to know their farmers and buy things on an intimate level, emphasizing the importance of community, in a commerce relationship. She’s excited to be back in Geauga County, with her feet on grass rather than concrete, where she can bring a fresh perspective to much larger environmentally concerned movement.