Karen Fairbairn is the Communications Manager at CADE, working behind the scenes to expand the reaches of CADE's mission to support NYS local agriculture. Karen's love for farming and small product production began over 15 years ago when she became a dairy farmer in the Catskills. Co-owner of the former Lazy Crazy Acres grazing dairy farm and "cow to cone" gelato businesses, Karen has a deep appreciation and vast knowledge of diversified farming and small scale dairy production. Lazy Crazy Acres is also home to Tree Juice Maples Syrup, a 10,000 tap maple production outfit.
Karen was born and raised in Florida where she also graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Communications. Her background includes working year round as a sleep-away camp director for over 10 years, several years as a non-profit arts program director and operating a diversified farm consisting of dairy, beef, pork, eggs and dairy product production. Karen serves as Manager of the annual Cauliflower Festival which celebrates past, present, and future agriculture in the Margaretville area of Delaware County. Having spent many years working side by side, and forming deep friendships, with other local farmers Karen is very dedicated to the success of NYS farming.