Welcome to “Perrumba” home of An Alternative Life Farm. We named the land “Perrumba” is it is an Aboriginal word meaning “wattle blossom” the blossom dominates the landscape across the farm every year at the end of winter/beginning of spring and signifies the end of the cold weather.
The name is a way for us to acknowledging the tens of thousands of years of sustainable land management practices that were implemented by the local Aboriginal tribes who lived on this land and used its resources as a source of food and shelter in a way that maintained the health of the land making it possible for us to continue to do so today. The farm holds evidence that it was occupied by traditional owners of the area, including the people of the Ngunnawal, Gundangara, and Wiradjuri nations to whom we pay our respects.
The name is also a constant reminder that we have a responsibility to continue to manage this land in a sustainable way for the people of the future.
We run the farm as a social enterprise working to improve our natural environment and assist others in our community. We assist a range of local wildlife, land care and threatened species programs and organisations by undertaking work both on and off the farm.
We truly believe that the skills and knowledge to grow your own healthy abundance of food should be available to all, we sponsor local people struggling to meet their food needs, through our self-sufficiency workshops and provide them with the skills and resources (seeds, trees, basic tools and more) to get started growing their own.
If you live in the Goulburn region and would like to purchase seasonal fresh produce, you can purchase it through the Southern Harvest Produce Boxes.
Our specialty range of herbal teas, culinary herbs, jams, sauces and artisan gifts can be purchased directly from our Shop.