LJ fairburn Poultry

Community & Charity


As a well-established farming family in Alford, Lincolnshire, Fairburn’s has very close links to the community. Being involved with people in the locality is second nature and something which founder Leslie James Fairburn, his son Stuart and now grandson Daniel Fairburn continues to do.

Proud of their Lincolnshire roots and keen to give something back to the community, they are regular supporters of many locally-based individuals and organisations, and get involved with ventures both big and small.
Some of the sports teams, people and organisations they currently sponsor include golfer Will Farley (@indooroutdoorgolf), boxer Jamie Behan (@jami3behan), Alford Town FC Under 15s (@thealfordtownfc) and Horncastle Hockey Club (@horncastlehockeyclub). Land next to the Fairburn’s milling site at Huttoft in Alford has been donated to the local council, where a play area and football pitch has been installed for young people to use. In addition, Fairburn’s sponsors the kits for three local junior football teams: Alford Town, Lincoln City under-9s and Manor FC Chad League under-10s in Nottingham.
The family also makes donations to the local Burgh Le Marsh Rainbows group, the youngest section of Girlguiding in the UK, for girls between the ages of 4 and 7, and the Alford Manor House Christmas Tree Festival.
Through sales of its regional egg brand, Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range, the company continues to fundraise for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. A donation of 1p per dozen eggs sold in ASDA and the Co-operative goes directly to the charity and, to date, over £35,600 has been raised to support this life-saving work across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Further afield, Fairburn’s started working with Farm Africa in 2013, the charity that helps smaller farm holders in eastern Africa grow and sell more food. The family has supported Farm Africa in several ways, including CEO Daniel Fairburn who climbed Kilimanjaro and participated in two marathons across the Sahara Desert in 2018. More recently, eight team members completed the Three Peaks Challenge, scaling the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours. Collectively, these efforts have raised over £90,000 for the charity.



Kilimanjaro summit CRACKED and the £35,000 target SMASHED for Farm Africa, a charity working to end hunger in eastern Africa by helping smallholder farmers there to grow more food for their families.

After a gruelling seven day trek to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Fairburn’s nine-strong team cracked the Kilimanjaro summit in September 2014. The team scaled Kilimanjaro to raise money for Food for Good, a major fundraising campaign set up by the UK food industry to support Farm Africa.

Before embarking on the Kilimanjaro Climb, the ambitious target to raise £35,000 for the charity seemed a challenge in itself but Fairburn’s smashed that to pieces, bringing in a fabulous £48,000.



L J Fairburn & Son Limited, began with just 150 chickens bought for £150. Starting small and growing sustainably is what the business is about and whilst it may be on a different scale to the UK, that growth and prosperity can be achieved in eastern Africa.

Farm Africa’s approach to ending hunger is to tackle the root causes. Helping smallholder farmers produce bigger harvests is a sustainable long term solution. Farmers learn to produce more food so there’s enough to eat for their families and communities – for good.

This challenge was not just about financial investment but providing the skills to farmers so that they can grow and develop. As food producers, Fairburn’s have more to offer than simply financial support and look forward to getting involved in projects in the local communities of Africa.

The farmers trained by Farm Africa go on to train other farmers in their area through 'Farmer Field Schools'. Providing practical tools, improved seed varieties and training it is possible to help African Farmers feed Africa’s people!


To find out more about Farm Africa and the
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