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Turkeys Can Grow Beards – On Buying a Small Farm

By Alicia Johnson, April 13, 2018

Pictured, “Tom” – Heritage Breed: Narragansett turkey named for the Narragansett Bay of Rhode Island. Prized for their excellent temperament and cuddly nature. 

A little over two years ago, I purchased a small farm just outside of Portland, Oregon – 11 acres nestling the Gorge in a small town called Corbett – a mixture of pasture, woods, and rolling hills. Our initial dream was to own a patch of land away from the bustling, busy city – we would build a humble home and live our days quietly. Out of curiosity, I started to look, and that is of course when our dream property hit the market. One thing that’s true in real estate, is that the timing is never right. We jumped in with both feet, not knowing where it would take us.

The best advice I received from the neighboring farmer. “Take on little bits at a time – don’t try to do everything all at once.” The access to resources and the great knowledge bank for homesteading and small farms has never been greater. There are videos on everything, and you’ll find the nicest folks on the forums. I kid you not, I once searched ‘turkey has large growth on chest’ (it actually auto-populated) and I was happy to learn my young Tom did not have a cancerous growth, but instead was sprouting his turkey beard – yes turkeys can grow beards!

Fast forward as I sit here reflecting on the past few years, I am shocked at all we have experienced. We have kept bees, birthed alpacas, built chicken coops, trimmed goat hooves, sheared llamas, chased pigs, incubated turkey eggs, wrangled cattle, brewed cider, battled blackberry bushes and shoveled a lot of sh*t….

It has been more work and more reward then we ever imagined, but we have loved every minute of it.
So what does it take to buy a small slice of heaven?

Stay tuned for Part 2: So You Want to Buy a Small Farm.

Alicia Johnson


Serving Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, and Corbett OR. Everyone deserves a place to call home!  Alicia loves working with first-time and seasoned home buyers - as well as all levels of commercial and multi-family property investors. She is a Pacific NW Realtor, Entrepreneur, Homesteader, and Artist.  Her varied business experiences have helped lay a strong foundation for the creative strategy and drive required in today's real estate market. Her interest in real estate peaked after she bought her first property 18 years ago. She fell in love with the process: the hunt, the strategies and learning how to make great property investments. Since then, her knowledge and passion have only increased through her experiences as a homeowner, and investor. Due to personal experiences in the real estate market, she possess the sensitivity needed to navigate the emotional process, while holding to conscious business practices, (such as honesty, integrity and quality) through every step of your real estate journey. She currently resides on a farm in Corbett, OR, raising a variety of animals. Purchasing her farm property was a very unique and creative real estate transaction.  To her, the experience amplified that real estate investment is not just about buying and selling property, but investing in a lifestyle, a dream. Whether it’s a floating home along the Columbia, a farm in the Gorge, a dream home in Portland or an investment property to diversify your portfolio,  let Alicia help you strategize and find your way into the perfect property!
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