Greetings from our small family, our own little mountain range you could say – mama, papa and two little ones – well not so little anymore! Since 2005, we have tended goats, ducks (including the famous Hettie Quackers), chickens, bees and an expanding fruit, flower, herb and vegetable garden based on permaculture principles. In 2015, we began our focus on honey bee-keeping and creating a bee sanctuary of our small urban farm. We also welcomed two Russian Blues, Piper and Momo, and a little Chihuahua named Papalotl to our family in 2016. We have appeared in the media in diverse places from the New York and Seattle Times to Neighborhood Notes and Oregon Humanities Journal.

our story

We are the Arias Clan . . .

Beyond all this, we are still in our dreaming/moving/building phase.
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In early 2020, we moved from Portland, Oregon, to Magdalena, New Mexico and began getting to know this precious little town nestled in the mountains. We currently have 5 sanctuary horses, 7-20 dairy/meat goats, 20-ish laying hens, 3 sweet livestock protector dogs, 1 adorable puppy, our beloved teacup chihuahua Papalotl and . . . um . . . 9 (yes NINE!) most excellent feline mousers who sleep with us at night. We also recently  added a bunch of bee hives, some piggies, and a family cow.

Revista Paula, Santiago, Chile, 2014, Portland, la ciudad foodie. Read More

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimern, 2013. Watch a clip of the show - we are featured 3.4 minutes into this video clip. Watch Now

Backyard Roots by Lori Eanes, 2013: One of 15 Urban Farms featured in this down to earth, inspiring, edition. Chock full of beautiful photographs. See More

Gnowfglins Traditional Cooking School, 2013, Gnowfglins Farm Tour. I don’t know how you make every day things look so beautiful! Your farm and guest house are breathtaking (oh, did I use that word again?) Read More

Nourishing Our Children, 2012, Is Your Raw Milk is Safe?. Read More

Triple Pundit, People, Planet, Profit, 2011, Goats Become Latest Battle Over Urban Animal Raising. Read More

New York Times, 2010, Fresh Goat Milk. Read More

Neighborhood Notes, 2010, Seasoned Veterans, Portlands Urban Farming Gurus. Read More

The Oregonian, 2008, Keeping Goats Safe. Read More

Bon Appetit Magazine, 2006, Over the River . . .  Read More

Oregon Humanities, 2005, Cereal, Crêpes, and Citizenship. Read More

Travel Portland, 2016, 2016
The Guardian, 2016
DIY Homesteader’s Festival, 2015
Farm Hub, 2014
Squat Birth Journal, 2010
Lillipoh, 2010
Rhythm of the Home, 2009
Country Home, 2006
Seattle Times, 2006
Portland Monthly, 2006
Washington Post, 2005
The Oregonian – Cereal Box Review, 2004
Willamette Week, multiple
Portland Mercury, multiple

media highlights

I fell love with this house, it’s people, and the energy flowing through it. Krista and Co. are extremely welcoming and involved in the creation of a sustainable and eco-”friendly” community. Bring your rain boots and an open mind.
 ~ Madeleine Perlman, New York/Spain

Krista and David were awesome hosts! They have an amazing urban farmhouse happening in the super sweet city of Portland! Not the usual bed and breakfast – better.
 ~ Katie, Australia

It’s not the practical aspects that make this house so appealing, its the warm, loving interaction of the the family, the kindness and consideration they show each other and their guests. And they have goats, ducks, chickens and bees, how fun is that?
 ~ Jenny, California

I dare you to come away from your experience at Tierra Soul without being inspired to re-evaluate your own approach to life, food and family!
 ~ Jennifer & Rich Beauman, Florida

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