More Than Your Typical Planned Community

Grace Farms Pop-Up Dinner

Agritopia® is more than your typical planned community. It’s a thriving village life surrounding an urban farm. A unique neighborhood where the homes have just as much personality as the owners, and a cold drink and delicious meal are steps away. Agritopia® is an amazing place to live, visit and enjoy. 
To grasp the concept of what urban life in Agritopia® is like now, it’s important to know the history. The property has been farmland since 1927 when it first grew alfalfa. In 1960, a young farmer, Jim Johnston, purchased the land and began farming Pima cotton, durum wheat for pasta, barley, field corn, sugar beets, milo and alfalfa. 
It became clear that urban development was coming in closer to the farmland they loved. In order to preserve the land that they cherished, the Johnston family created a community where the farm could remain at the heart of everything. 
Working with land planners, builders and the town of Gilbert, Agritopia® was created to not only preserve the farm in a new urban setting but to create a village atmosphere with commerce and a vibrant neighborhood surrounding the farm. 
Residential housing was built with intentional details meant to create a village atmosphere and most onsite buildings were repurposed into new establishments, creating places for everyone to enjoy. The old Johnston family home is now Joe’s Farm Grill. The Quonset hut that was used as a barn was transformed into Barnone, a makers community consisting of 12 different unique businesses with a brewery, winery, eateries and shops.  
At the heart of it all is the Agritopia Farm. A working, certified organic farm that supplies fresh produce to local restaurants and the community. Continuing the heritage of farming, preserving what others on the land before provided to the area and generating a love for cultivating the land for future generations. 
Agritopia Farm has over 11 acres of working fields and orchards, as well as a community garden for everyone to enjoy. Half plots and full plots are available to the public, not just those residing in Agritopia®.

Places to Purchase Locally Grown Foods

Grace Farms Pop-Up Dinners
Working with local chefs, farmers, craft brewers, winemakers, and distillers, Grace Farms in Chandler is a working aquaponics farm that hosts several pop-up dinners every season.

Happy Road Farms
A small hydrophobic farm in Queen Creek that primarily grows lettuce, leafy greens, tomatoes, and chili peppers. They focus on clean growing techniques and living foods.

The Farm Store 
300 E. Ray Rd. / 
Open daily from 7am–7pm on the west side next to Barnone. It's a self-service store selling certified organic freshly harvested produce, based on the season. They also carry a variety of other local goods in the store.

Gilbert Butchery
Owned by Gilbert residents, Dan and Krista Roosevelt, Gilbert Butchery houses exquisite meats from beef, poultry, pork, and homemade sausages, to specialty items such as Waygu Beef, fresh Bison Ribeye, Whole Rabbit, and MORE!   

A Quick Guide to Planting Your Veggies and Herbs in Gilbert! 

January: Potatoes, asparagus transplants
February: Sunflower seeds, artichoke transplants 
March: Dill, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potato transplants, summer squash, tomato transplants, basil, lima beans cucumber seeds, eggplant transplants, parsley, thyme
April: Okra, peanuts, black-eyed peas, oregano
May and June: There are some seeds and transplants that you can begin in June, however, these months are the end of Gilbert's growing season. 
July: Winter squash seeds, pumpkin seeds, pepper transplants, shallots (sets of cloves), pinto beans
August: Green onions, snap beans, carrots, corn, collard greens
September: Leeks, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, bok choy, parsnips, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, turnips, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, endive, cilantro
October: Garlic, onions, peas, beets
November and December: Spring and fall are the two optimal growing seasons in the Valley, however, there are still some seeds and transplants that can be successfully planted in the winter months. 

Local Tip: 
"Check out all the farmers' markets for the best local goods! My favorite is the one on Saturday mornings in downtown Gilbert. You can get fresh produce, flowers, soaps, and other locally made items! It’s located right by the iconic Gilbert water tower, and there are pop-up jets under it that are fun for the kids!"
– Agritopia® resident, Erin R.