Kaitlyn Sirna is a Senior Program Manager at CADE, since 2019, and is working in the areas of Supply and Value Chain Development and Marketing. Kaitlyn's knowledge and passion for farming comes from her parents who are first generation farmers and self-proclaimed land conservationists. The Sirna Family purchased and saved their now family-farm from development over twenty years ago in Northeast Ohio.
Since moving to New York Kaitlyn has worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension, where she helped farm and food businesses with product development and the implementation of New York Agriculture and Market's TASTE NY program in Broome County. Most recently before CADE, Kaitlyn worked for Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), a non-profit urban farm in Binghamton, where she ran and rapidly expanded two of their oldest program areas, Youth Programming and Community Gardens. Kaitlyn has a Masters in Science from Binghamton University in Sustainable Communities and her thesis analyzes the relationship between food security, food access, and culture.
Kaitlyn is Chair of the Downtown Binghamton Courtyard Market and a board member of NOFA-NY. Kaitlyn works closely with small businesses in New York and Ohio to support their needs to grow (figuratively and literally!). She passionately advocates for small businesses and local farms and has first hand experience working in these fields across the Midwest and Eastern US.