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Tierra Soul Farmhouse Update



I revisited Tierra Soul Farm Guesthouse when I was in Portland a week ago. It’s really inspiring to see how it’s grown (and the kids too.) I wrote about it in Backyard Roots because I thought it was such a great idea for urban farmers. Krista and David have such an eye for rustic, cool stuff it’s worth checking out just for the ideas! They’ve added a 1969 Barth Caravan that you can stay in that sleeps three and comes with a kitchen and bathroom. She also offers retreats, classes and farmer/artist residences. Check it out on your next trip to Portland.


You can buy soap, and other cool items including Backyard Roots at Tierra Soul Guesthouse in Portland.



The Gypsy Blue room that I stayed in at Tierra Soul Guesthouse–loved it!



A big farm table in the dining room at Tierra Soul Guesthouse in Portland.



The Corner Caravan sleeps up to three at Tierra Soul Guesthouse in Portland.



Goats, chickens and ducks in the backyard barnyard and Tierra Soul Farmhouse in Portland, Or.



Tierra Soul Urban Farm and Guesthouse


Krista and David Arias always dreamed of land in the country but the economy wouldn’t cooperate. Instead of giving up they transformed  their regular sized Portland lot into a thriving urban farm. They dug up the driveway and planted fruit trees. They got chickens, goats and bees. But they didn’t stop there, the couple turned their large historic home into a guesthouse and  farm school. Their place has become so popular they were able turn it into a family-friendly business that allows Krista and David to stay home with the kids.

I stayed with the Arias family twice when I visited Portland and  I loved their urban farmhouse idea and included many of their tips in Backyard Roots.  Guests staying at Tierra Soul get a welcome that includes homemade goats milk soap and a tour given  by six-year-old Fia and that alone is reason enough to go. It’s a great way to escape to a farm without leaving the city or to simply see how you like the idea of urban farming. You can even help with the chores.

Tierra Soul Farm is located in the historic Mississippi Avenue historic district in Portland close to cafes, restaurants and shops.


Fia and Xoco hold freshly pulled garlic from their Portland garden.