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. www.tierrasoulpdx.com