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NBC Nightly News – In Agritopia, Farm-Raised Food Is Steps Away From Your Front Door

“I’ve lived on the East Coast and the West Coast,” Johnston said. “I’ve also grown up on a farm, and I just thought, if we can pull these components together, we can create the sort of village we would personally like to live in and still convey that heritage of agriculture in a new way.”

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The New York Times – Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root

In many American suburbs, outward signs of life are limited to the blue glow of television screens flickering behind energy-efficient windows. But in a subdivision of this bedroom community outside Phoenix, amid precision-cut lawns and Craftsman-style homes, lambs caper in common green areas, chickens scratch in a citrus grove and residents roam rows of heirloom […]

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AZ Big Media – Agritourism flourishes in the Valley of the Sun

Agritopia developer Joe Johnston believes that this hands-on approach to food “helps us to be thankful for our food and also to see that it is not rocket science. Most of us can garden and most of us can convert produce into delicious food. This gives us confidence and enjoyment as we stop seeing food […]

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KJZZ – Gilbert’s ‘Agritopia’ Combines Urban And Agrarian Life In One Community

Joe Johnston is a self-described “visionary” and the person behind the Gilbert community of Agritopia. So, will this kind of concept catch on? To find out, we called on Emily Talen, a Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at ASU.

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Huffington Post – How to Build Better Suburbs

“Developers aren’t really concerned about creating community,” Johnston says. “So suburbs tend to be isolated. But for me, an ideal community involves village life — with multi-generations and people from all walks of life.”

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Huffington Post – 3 Farms That Represent the Community Spirit of Mesa, Arizona

Agritopia contains housing for all levels of income, includes schools for the local children, and offers older residents a place to retire and receive eldercare close to home. The farm provides fresh produce, eggs and meats to local suppliers, and residents benefit from a coffeehouse, Joe’s Farm Grill, an outdoor market, and a designated “pick/farm […]

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