When Joe Johnston took over his family's farm land, he wasn't about to hand it over to developers and walk away. Instead, he developed an entire community centered around a beautiful garden in what is now known today as Agritopia. This stretch of land is home to 450 residential houses, an active urban farm, a restaurant, coffee shop and even holds a farmers market! The name says it all: Agritopia is about preserving urban agriculture and integrating it into the most neighborly, well-designed community possible. It is a principle-driven development that puts people and relationships ahead of money and trendiness.
Jim Johnston bought the farm land in the 1960's, when most of Gilbert was agriculture. His sons, Steve and Paul, both went to University of Arizona majoring in Agriculture, while the eldest, Joe, went on to become an engineer. After 40 years of farming, the family realized they would soon be surrounded by housing and son Joe began planning and plotting what would become Agritopia.
Today, the beautiful neighborhood celebrates community with walkability and friendly neighbors. Onsite is The Coffee Shop, which serves pastry, lunch, and specialty coffee drinks with an incredible patio overlooking crops. The Farm Grill is just a quick walk away from the Coffee Shop and serves sandwiches, salads and deserts.
For our September Lunch Mixer, we members joined us at the Farm Grill, taking a break from their computer screens and enjoying fresh air, great views and delicious food. Members connected and some even remembered when Gilbert was nothing but citrus trees! We even had a great surprise when Joe Johnston, himself, stopped over to meet our members after grabbing lunch with his wife.
We're thankful to Joe and the Farm Grill for hosting us this month and encourage you to check out more of Agritopia and their success story.
Join us as we trek to 19th Ave for a taste of Joe's Philly Steak! Click here for more details and RSVP
Thank you to all those in attendance:
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